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Old 04-03-2011, 12:28 PM   #1
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Game of Thrones

Is there not already a thread on this show? I couldn't find one.

Just wanted to remind everyone there's a 15 minute preview of the first episode tonight at 9pm ET on HBO.
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Old 04-03-2011, 12:31 PM   #2
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There has been a long thread in the Happy Hour about it, since it started as a book thread.

Good reminder though. I think we'll have episode threads when the show starts.
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Old 04-03-2011, 01:54 PM   #3
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Is there not already a thread on this show? I couldn't find one.
Seeing as how the first episode doesn't air for another two weeks, I don't find that too surprising...
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Old 04-03-2011, 08:50 PM   #4
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That was the fastest 15 minutes of TV I've seen in a long time.

The scenery was just gorgeous...I can't wait to see this!
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Old 04-04-2011, 01:06 AM   #5
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That was the fastest 15 minutes of TV I've seen in a long time.

The scenery was just gorgeous...I can't wait to see this!
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I thought, that wasn't 15 minutes!
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Old 04-04-2011, 10:15 AM   #6
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Really nice. Some changes from the books, but all understandable. Two more weeks...
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Old 04-04-2011, 08:27 PM   #7
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I don't have HBO, so just watched the preview online. Looks good! The Wall looked very imposing! I think I'll have to call Comcast and get signed up for HBO. Wonder if they are having any specials?
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Old 04-05-2011, 10:24 AM   #8
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Old 04-05-2011, 10:28 AM   #9
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Sorry, didn't think to post the link. Here's where I saw it.
http://io9.com/#!5788750/watch-the-f...of-thrones-now
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Old 04-06-2011, 07:56 AM   #10
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I haven't read the books in years but the first 15 minutes were enough to have memories come flooding back. Can't wait!
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Old 04-13-2011, 12:24 PM   #11
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Did anybody catch the throw-away line at the beginning of Monday's Chuck?
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Old 04-13-2011, 02:48 PM   #12
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Does this story have magic, or is it all just political intrigue?
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Old 04-13-2011, 02:58 PM   #13
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Does this story have magic, or is it all just political intrigue?
Both. But most of the early story is heavy on the intrigue; the magic is mostly on the fringes.

I was actually mildly surprised to see them referencing some supernatural activity right up front (though if you didn't know what you were seeing, you may not have realized it). I halfway expected them to drop all of that for the TV show, and just focus on the courtly intrigue, a la The Tudors, etc.
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I was actually mildly surprised to see them referencing some supernatural activity right up front (though if you didn't know what you were seeing, you may not have realized it). I halfway expected them to drop all of that for the TV show, and just focus on the courtly intrigue, a la The Tudors, etc.
That supernatural activity comes straight out of the prologue for the book, as I recall.
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That supernatural activity comes straight out of the prologue for the book, as I recall.
Yep, pretty much straight up, except you actually get a much better description of things in the book.

But there's nothing that says that the TV writers/producers have to use every element from the books. The non-magical aspects of the books are more than enough to be compelling on their own. And adding the supernatural can be risky, as some folks who love a good medieval period piece are turned off by anything that smacks of scifi/fantasy...
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Old 04-14-2011, 09:49 AM   #16
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I don't get HBO so hopefully without any spoilers, I have read all the novels. It reads more like historical fiction than Tolkien does. Watch for an historical parallel with British history.
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Old 04-15-2011, 09:00 AM   #17
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I don't get HBO so hopefully without any spoilers, I have read all the novels. It reads more like historical fiction than Tolkien does. Watch for an historical parallel with British history.
Many providers are having HBO free preview weekend this week. It's already started on DirecTV.
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Old 04-15-2011, 11:30 AM   #18
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Does Dish have a free HBO preview this weekend? If they do, I haven't read about it.
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Old 04-15-2011, 07:47 PM   #19
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Dish has HBO free this weekend. I checked when I got home.
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Old 04-15-2011, 07:49 PM   #20
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I'm guessing it's everybody. Even my crappy cable company has free HBO right now.
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Old 04-16-2011, 04:48 AM   #21
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HBO posted this useful viewer's guide. It has an interactive map of the kingdom, plus a house-by-house family tree with pictures of each family member.

http://viewers-guide.hbo.com/game-of-thrones/#!/map/
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Old 04-17-2011, 11:12 AM   #22
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Mediacom is not offering an HBO preview but the next novel in the series is coming out in mid-July. Yay, People won't be bugging George RR Martin about it at Worldcon.
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Old 04-17-2011, 12:17 PM   #23
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HBO has also said there will be a "very special pre-show" 15 minutes prior to the premiere tonight so you might want to check that out as well.
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Old 04-17-2011, 04:04 PM   #24
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Mediacom is not offering an HBO preview but the next novel in the series is coming out in mid-July.
Except that Martin is still working on, as he calls it, "Kong". He talks about it on his blog. Hopefully there is no more delay, but less than three months between finishing the final manuscript and book release is cutting it close.

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Old 04-18-2011, 08:59 AM   #26
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I didn't want to post this in the episode thread, because I haven't watched yet. But how did everyone like it? I've read a lot of mixed reviews so I'm a bit apprehensive. I'm not a big "fantasy" fan (thought Lord of the Rings was boring as context), but HBO usually does a solid job on things...and there seemed to be enough gratuitous sex to at least give it a shot One review called it a fantasy show for people who don't like fantasy. Another said it was VERY hard to keep track of all the characters (something I really hate). So what's the verdict without giving much away?
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Old 04-18-2011, 09:09 AM   #27
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It's got a Metacritic score of 82. That's not really mixed, that's good. However, most of the negatives have been from people who are not big 'fantasy' fans, so take that under advisement. It's mostly swords and intrigue, not much fantasy especially at the beginning. I think you should just give it a shot, if it doesn't strike you, drop it.
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Old 04-18-2011, 09:34 AM   #28
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I didn't want to post this in the episode thread, because I haven't watched yet. But how did everyone like it? I've read a lot of mixed reviews so I'm a bit apprehensive. I'm not a big "fantasy" fan (thought Lord of the Rings was boring as context), but HBO usually does a solid job on things...and there seemed to be enough gratuitous sex to at least give it a shot One review called it a fantasy show for people who don't like fantasy. Another said it was VERY hard to keep track of all the characters (something I really hate). So what's the verdict without giving much away?
The Viewer's Guide that dbranco linked to above is a must-have. It will help you keep everyone straight until you learn who they all are. I kept glancing at the family trees while I watched, just to make sure that I knew who was actually doing what.
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The Viewer's Guide that dbranco linked to above is a must-have. It will help you keep everyone straight until you learn who they all are. I kept glancing at the family trees while I watched, just to make sure that I knew who was actually doing what.
If I need a "viewer's guide" before I watch, it's usually not a good omen I will like the show. But if there's enough going, I can usually get past the confusion.
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I'm still on the first book, but I recall Martin saying that he planned on having 7 books total, and the 5th one is due this year. If that's the case-will the show just stop production if it "catches up" and the final book isn't ready yet? :/
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