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    I'm coming a bit late to this subject, but can't see a thread on it. I've been avidly watching Game of Thrones on BBC TV. Anyone else liking it?

    It's been described as the Sopranos meets the Lord of the Rings, which sounds about right. With a "low" fantasy medieval setting, it features quite a large and vivid cast of characters, plotting against each other (playing the game of winning the throne). The first TV season apparently covers the first book (A Song of Fire and Ice by George RR Martin) in a series of five with more to come. The second season has already been approved.

    I was inspired by the TV series to buy the book and have been impressed by how faithful it is - the dialogue is mainly straight out of the book, which is written in a very contemporary and accessible style. (Although I find the constant alternating of character viewpoint from chapter to chapter very de-motivating for reading.) The plot seems quite intricate and involved - I love story lines that stretch over many seasons. The production values are of cinema standard - as you can see from a fairly jaw dropping opening clip (no spoilers - it's just the opening 15 minutes):

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    One of the best things about the show is the casting and acting. Sean Bean is just Sean Bean, but reading his lines in the books, it is hard to see anyone playing the straight man role so convincingly. The Lannister twins are delicious - suavely malign. My favorite characters are Tyrion, the erudite sardonic dwarf, and Arya, the twelve year old tomboy. Even Mark Addy, the fat bloke from the Full Monty and the Tesco adds, does well as the king. The only false note may be the exiled young king in waiting, but then I think he's supposed to be rather absurd and ridiculous.

    It seems another instance of American TV producing amazingly good stuff - far superior to what British TV or even Hollywood can manage. Quite a reversal of what was true 30 years ago. I wonder what has changed? I guess in part it's down to the rise of HBO (The Wire, True Blood, Rome, Band of Brothers etc.), but it does not seem confined to them (Lost, Battlestar Galactica, 24 etc all had their moments).
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    I have never read the books but I was aware of them, I have to say that even some of my friends who don't like fantasy are giving the nod to this one.

    Love the mix of humour and serious and also the fact they are just getting on with the story and not bothering wasting entire episode explaining back story like so many lazy shows do.
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    I love this show!!! I've been a huge fan of the books for years, so I was really excited to hear that HBO was making a series of Game of Thrones. HBO's shows have always had really high production value. I think the casting was really well done, especially the actor they chose for Jaime Lannister. He has the perfect combination of sarcasm, ego, and smarminess that the character has in the books. Tyrion is one of my favorite characters in the book, so I'm glad to see Peter Dinklage do such an awesome job with him. It will be interesting to see how they deal with how complicated the series gets. For those who haven't read the books, each chapter is from the point of view of a character. The books have so many characters, my guess is that HBO will have to make some of the less important ones into composites to not confuse viewers. I'm happy they've already renewed it for a second season!
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    I really enjoyed the first two episodes but I couldn't stand waiting for more so I started reading the books. Now I'm at the beginning of the third book in the series. :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexander the Pretty Good View Post
    I really enjoyed the first two episodes but I couldn't stand waiting for more so I started reading the books.
    Same here. My girlfriend warned me that I would ruin the TV show for myself by reading, but my feeling is that I want to know where the story is going, not so much the show.

    Anyway, the TV series is fantastic so far. Yeah, we do seem to be living in some sort of golden age. Doubtless it's some confluence of economics and artistic momentum, but astonishingly good TV seems to be coming out much more frequently than anything equivalent in film. Sopranos, BSG, Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, etcetera. Got to enjoy this moment.

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    I'm enjoying it as well.

    The casting is great, and I especially enjoyed the fact that Sam Tarly has a neckbeard. It fits so well.

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    Two of my roommates this past year were major fans of the book and were very excited by the series. I started watching with them and, like a lot of posters here, decided to take the plunge soon afterwards. I do enjoy the series - I think HBO was the perfect medium for something this complex. It's very faithful to the canon as well. I hear that GRRM himself has actually written one of the season's later episodes.
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    epic series. really beautiful as well. i like it, considering to read the books, but im not sure if i want to know the story while i watch the series. kinda the wrong way around perhaps but the series are good so...

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    i refuse to watch until the sob actually writes the next book ive been waiting since i was a little kid almost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Centurion1 View Post
    i refuse to watch until the sob actually writes the next book ive been waiting since i was a little kid almost.
    You know he's finished and it's coming out in July, right?
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    Im loving the series. It is great that now there is fantasy series finally with large enough budget, good writers and cood cast. I cant wait to see the next episode.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeneralHankerchief View Post
    You know he's finished and it's coming out in July, right?
    then i will watch in july.

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    I gotta say, I dont remember the books being so blunt about renley and loras. Littlefinger isnt exactly very subtle either. Out of all the things it gets right this series cant seem to get foreshadowing very well.
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    bewbs and violence

    It's deffintely watchable
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greyblades View Post
    I gotta say, I dont remember the books being so blunt about renley and loras. Littlefinger isnt exactly very subtle either. Out of all the things it gets right this series cant seem to get foreshadowing very well.
    Yeah, I felt like the last episode went a bit far in condensing things (plus I didn't even pick up on Loras-Renly in the books at all).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greyblades View Post
    I gotta say, I dont remember the books being so blunt about renley and loras. Littlefinger isnt exactly very subtle either. Out of all the things it gets right this series cant seem to get foreshadowing very well.
    The books weren't. But they never showed anything from those character's perspectives. I was a bit more surprised by Littlefinger's lack of subtlety - it seems like that wouldn't be information you imply publicly if it's a secret.

    My problem was with how the actor who plays Loras has no muscle and is just skin and bones. It suspends disbelief a bit when someone says they've been sword fighting their whole life looks like they've never done anything athletic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crazed Rabbit View Post
    The books weren't. But they never showed anything from those character's perspectives. I was a bit more surprised by Littlefinger's lack of subtlety - it seems like that wouldn't be information you imply publicly if it's a secret.

    My problem was with how the actor who plays Loras has no muscle and is just skin and bones. It suspends disbelief a bit when someone says they've been sword fighting their whole life looks like they've never done anything athletic.

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    Yeah Loras is a pretty boy but Im sure it would have been a sinewy strength seen through Martin's eyes. At the very least they should all probably have wrists the size of my neck to be accurate haha.

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    Spoiler Alert, click show to read: 
    Little finger starting off a scene(twice) staring at the iron throne (which my the way looks way too safe for a throne that can kill the sitter if he isnt careful) seems really blatant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greyblades View Post
    Little finger starting off a scene(twice) staring at the iron throne (which my the way looks way too safe for a throne that can kill the sitter if he isnt careful) seems really blatant.
    No spoilers please, for those who haven't read or seen it.

    I've been really excited about watching this, it has been incredible. I'm a huge fan of the books and have started re-reading them because of this show. I'm also getting my girlfriend into the show, even though it isn't really her sort of thing. She justloves the actors and is getting into it more and more. Something for everyone in it.
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    Please provide spoilers for sensitive material.

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    I think this is the best that can happen to any Fantasy saga or even just book series out there. What HBO does with the source material is really incredible.

    I'm glad to hear some info from people that have not read the books as it's hard for me to watch the show without all the background knowledge I have in my head. I immediatelly recognized some of the dialogue that was taken from the book and a lot stems of course from knowing how it'll turn out in the long run. It will be interesting to see if they can keep the complexity of the book and still make it understandable for all viewers.

    So far it seems they have achieved their goal. I really hope HBO can finish this all the way through to season 5 or 6. Would really like watching it all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Centurion1 View Post
    Yeah Loras is a pretty boy but Im sure it would have been a sinewy strength seen through Martin's eyes. At the very least they should all probably have wrists the size of my neck to be accurate haha.
    I'm not saying it couldn't be a sinewy strength. But cross country runners look really muscular compared to that actor.

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    I'm really excited about this week's episode! Spoiler for people who haven't read the books:

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    I think this is the episode where Viserys dies!! I love to hate him, his death scene should be fun! The actor is doing such a great job with Viserys, though. He's got the right combination of haughtiness and looking like a weasel. He adds more depth to the character than was provided in the books.
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    Oh yeah, I cant wait till he gets "crowned"
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    I need to start watching this show. It looks interesting.
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    Quite simply fantastic. The high-level show you expect from HBO all thrown into a fantasy setting. Again, simply fantastic.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Scienter View Post
    I'm really excited about this week's episode! Spoiler for people who haven't read the books:
    I've been looking forward to this scene since I started watching the series.

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    I've been looking forward to this scene since I started watching the series.

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    That will be great. Also (again scene for people having read the books only)...
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    I can't wait for Ned's death scene. I hope they maintain the way that it looks from Arya's point of view, because that could be really intense if it is shot correctly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crazed Rabbit View Post
    I'm not saying it couldn't be a sinewy strength. But cross country runners look really muscular compared to that actor.

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    No I'm agreeing with you the Loras actor looks more like a flower girl at a wedding than the knight of flowers.

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    deadwood and boardwalk empire are quality shows too!

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