Game of Thrones "Winter Is Coming" 4/17/11 *spoilers*

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  1. Apr 18, 2011 #21 of 147
    spikedavis

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    Rickon was there-when Bran was practicing Archery and then later when they were gathered for Roberts arrival.
     
  2. Apr 18, 2011 #22 of 147
    Roommate

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    Yeah. I didn't notice him right away because in the book he is only 3, they made him a few years older for the show.

    I was very happy with the episode and how faithful it is to the book (so far). It was easy to follow, but I was nervous it wouldn't be for someone who hasn't read the book. Sounds like those in this thread didn't have too much trouble. I hope this series sticks around!
     
  3. Apr 18, 2011 #23 of 147
    Incognito

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    Yeah i saw him but didnt ever hear his name mentioned.

    I hate Viserys Targaryen already. (again) lol
     
  4. Apr 18, 2011 #24 of 147
    cheesesteak

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    And it was of the all female variety too.
     
  5. Apr 18, 2011 #25 of 147
    billypritchard

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    If they had followed the books, both Ned and Catelyn would have been naked in that scene where they get the letter from her sister, Lysa. With the old guy in the room no less!
     
  6. Apr 18, 2011 #26 of 147
    Rickvz

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    Looks like I will be starting another set of books. I read the first book that "True Blood" was based after season 1 of TB. Went on to read all of the books in the series and have already bought the next book in the series on my Nook since it is due out the first part of May.

    I just finished reading "Pillars of the Earth" and "World Without End" after watching the Starz series. Also read all the books in the Dexter series and wonder when a new one will come out.

    I downloaded the sample of the first book of this series and will read it over the next day or so. I suspect the only decision I will have to make on it is whether to buy the set for my Nook or buy the paperback set (which is about $14 cheaper than the Nook books).
     
  7. Apr 18, 2011 #27 of 147
    drumorgan

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    It's not just the nudity, but the incestuous perversion that is a little bothersome. Is the author crying out for help? :)
     
  8. Apr 18, 2011 #28 of 147
    DavidTigerFan

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    I laughed when I realized the King was the same guy that played the father in CBS's "Still Standing". Also, all the fake blonde stuff is distracting. Looked even like Lena Headley was wearing a wig. Nice to see her again after the Sarah Conner Chonicles. :)
     
  9. Apr 18, 2011 #29 of 147
    pjenkins

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    i'm all for nudity in my HBO shows, to each their own :)
     
  10. Apr 18, 2011 #30 of 147
    dandrewk

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    I was nervous too about others liking the HBO series as much as I LOVE those books. So far, very faithful to the book, but I am so close to them it's hard for me to see if the TV version is really GOOD, or only faithful.

    The ages of the children have all been bumped up a bit for the series. IIRC, in the book Arya is seven, Bran is nine and Sansa is 11.
     
  11. Apr 18, 2011 #31 of 147
    sieglinde

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    A friend will be having a viewing party for all of us non HBO users. I am glad it follows the books.
    The first few books follow the English War of the Roses almost exactly. The dwarf is Richard III
     
  12. Apr 18, 2011 #32 of 147
    jamesbobo

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    I never read, or heard of, the books.
    I'm in the minority here as I didn't like it after the opening scene. I was bored most of the time, didn't care about any of the characters, and stopped watching before it ended so I didn't see this final scene many are talking about. And I'm not going back to find out either.
     
  13. Apr 18, 2011 #33 of 147
    Aniketos

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    Not surprised. Like the Wire, they throw you in headfirst into the water and unlike the Wire, spend a lot of time info dumping. In the book, its much slower, but still hard to keep track of all the characters. If you don't find them interesting, then this series isn't going to offer much to you.

    I've read several reviews that say this is the "worst" one of the first six, just because of the sheer amount of things thrown at the audience. So I'm happy that they'll keep getting better since I thoroughly enjoyed it. HBO is holding on to the numbers until tomorrow, but the fast look at the numbers aren't all that great.

    http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2011/04/18/no-game-of-thrones-premiere-ratings-until-tuesday/89782
     
  14. Apr 18, 2011 #34 of 147
    pjenkins

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    if that was the worst of the series, we are in for quite the treat imo!! looking forward to episode 2.
     
  15. Apr 18, 2011 #35 of 147
    astrohip

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    Never read the books, loved the first episode. I had to pay attention to keep everything straight, but it wasn't *that* confusing or difficult.

    I only watch with closed captions. They were spot-on perfect. You need to talk to your cable company, as the trouble is most likely coming from them.

    I spent about 10 minutes at the HBO site after watching it last night. Helped a lot, made it even more interesting.

    Without having read anything, it doesn't take a genius to figure out those dire wolf cubs will play a role at some point. Especially the runt?
    Wow, you *are* in the minority. Unless this type of show and genre isn't your cup of tea, I thought it was fun. Great scenery, story seems to be interesting, some great casting. I knew the first eps would be exposition heavy--only way to introduce the series (call it the "pilot" syndrome). And it should only get better from here.
     
  16. Apr 18, 2011 #36 of 147
    john4200

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    I tried to put myself in the mind of someone who has not read the books, trying to see which characters might appear as interesting or sympathetic.

    I thought Daenerys may have come off as the most sympathetic character, being obviously mistreated by her brother and forced to marry a gruff older man.

    Tyrion also seemed intriguing, given first his whoring, but later his comments to Jon Snow, which seemed to have some wisdom.

    And Jon Snow, the bastard who wants to go to the Wall, like his Uncle, seemed like someone whose story might be worth following.

    Any idea why none of those seemed interesting to you? Was it hard to follow them, because there were so many other characters? Or were they easy enough to follow, but just boring?
     
  17. Apr 18, 2011 #37 of 147
    gossamer88

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    At first I thought the Queen was the doctor from Sons of Anarchy. Those two could play sisters.
     
  18. Apr 18, 2011 #38 of 147
    Jeeters

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    I've also not read the books (nor hadn't even heard of them before this series was announed), but I liked it. Actually liked it much better than I thought I would. I didn't have any problem keeping track of who was who and it kept my attention. I thought they did a good job of introducing everybody to viewers and their relationships with key lines of dialog. Unlike The Borgias on Showtime which just leaves me... ":confused:", for the most part.
     
  19. Apr 19, 2011 #39 of 147
    dandrewk

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    I didn't find Lena Headey at all that attractive in "300" or "Sarah Connor Chronicles". But as a blonde in GOTT, she's damn fine looking.
     
  20. Apr 19, 2011 #40 of 147
    dbranco

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    The closed captioning (we have Comcast cable) was ridiculously bad. I chuckled because I figured whoever was typing the captions couldn't understand the words either. We ended up turning them off, they were so useless.

    Hearing that astrohip didn't have any trouble with them makes me hate Comcast even more than I do already.
     

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