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Game of Thrones - Are fans enjoying this season? (no spoilers)

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by dbranco, May 18, 2013.

  1. dtle

    dtle Active Member

    Dec 12, 2001
    Philly, PA
    They could've cut out some plots, like Theon's torture, the fat Nightwatch fellow with the girl and her baby, and Stannis' pirate friend with his daughter. Unless these will be crucial to the main plot, the 3rd season would've been more streamlined.
  2. TAsunder

    TAsunder Debates Ghee vs Gi

    Aug 6, 2003
    Madison, WI
    I am enjoying it. I do wish they would focus less on Theon. I don't believe that storyline is adding a lot and I think they exist only because the muckety mucks like the actor.
  3. john4200

    john4200 Active Member

    Oct 31, 2009
    Gee, why didn't the showrunners think of that? Oh, wait...
  4. heySkippy

    heySkippy oldweakandpathetic

    Jul 2, 2001
    Sarasota, FL
    Folks thinking there are too many plots need to keep in mind that this is a marathon, not a sprint.

    A really, really long marathon. :)
  5. TriBruin

    TriBruin Active Member TCF Club

    Dec 10, 2003
    Bartlett, IL
    with an unfinished course. :D
  6. allan

    allan Can't think of one

    Oct 13, 2002
    I enjoy it. I do feel lost, and my book reading has lagged well behind the show, so it's not much help, but these threads help a lot. :)
  7. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    I have no problem with multiple plots. I've read and enjoyed all the Tom Clancy novels, and that's exactly how they are: dozens of different plots that seem to have nothing to do with one another until they all come together at the end. So I trust that things will be resolved by the end of the season (or by the end of S4, since I've heard S3 and S4 are both dealing with Book 3).

    Having said that, I'm simply pointing out that it's unorthodox for writers (movie or TV) to take a book and simply turn it into a series of scenes that essentially follow the book(s), without restructuring for the new medium. TV generally has episodes that follow a theme, scenes are written, shot, and edited based on other content in that episode, generally plots get introduced and resolved within an episode, even if there are serialized elements to the story, and ad-supported TV has act breaks before commercials. So GoT is pretty unique in that each season is basically a single ten-hour episode that all fits together, but when broken up into a series of one-hour episodes, the individual elements of those episodes don't seem to have any continuity or structure.
  8. mooseAndSquirrel

    mooseAndSquirrel Active Member

    Aug 31, 2001
    Whatsamatta U
    It's just OK for me. I read the first book and found it kind of dull. So given the length of these books and the shortness of life, I don't plan on reading any more. So squeezing hundreds or thousands of pages into 10 hours of programming can never be that great. But it's well acted and, as slow moving as it is, the story is interesting enough.
  9. Jagman_sl

    Jagman_sl New Member

    Mar 14, 2001
    Same for me. I never really got into the first book and have no intention of going back to read more. But I think part of the problem this season has is that while seasons 1 and 2 were each 1 book each, seasons 3 and 4 are really just book 3 split into two. So it seems like they might be padding the season instead of focusing on the major plot points.
  10. Marco

    Marco Loyal Little

    Sep 19, 2000
    Capital of...
    Except for the Theon story arc (ugh!), enjoying it very much. :up:
  11. DreadPirateRob

    DreadPirateRob Seriously?

    Nov 11, 2002
    Loving it, except for the Theon storyline (but I pretty much hate that storyline in the books too).
  12. grey ghost

    grey ghost New Member

    Feb 1, 2010
    I'm not at all lost and I haven't read the books, but this season continues to drag for me. To me, too much time has been spent on minor stuff like Theon and how Wildings wandering around the countryside expounding on sex and marching, but I'm sure they had to kill time since they split the book in half.

    I've much preferred Seasons 1 and 2.
  13. madscientist

    madscientist Deregistered Snoozer

    Nov 12, 2003
    Lexington, MA
    I don't think it's fair to say the build-up and character development have no pay-off until at least this season is over (and some likely won't pay off until next season or beyond). That's the way the books are written.

    Not that I'm not saying they couldn't cut down on some of the retreading of essentially the same ground multiple times... that's not "character development", that's just repetition.

    They won't "wrap up" the season, if by wrap up you mean bring all the open plotlines to closure. If anything I expect things to get MORE messy as the season ends. See previous comment, plus the first two seasons :)

    I personally think that there's more than enough material in each book for 2 10-episode seasons and I'm happy they're spending a little more time than in seasons 1 & 2. I wonder if non-book readers have had expectations set differently due to the way seasons 1 & 2 were done.
  14. DreadPirateRob

    DreadPirateRob Seriously?

    Nov 11, 2002
    Indeed. I don't think the non-book readers have any idea how much really good stuff from the books was omitted in S1 and S2 because of time constraints. I for one am glad that they split B3 into 2 seasons.

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