HBO’s Game of Thrones
Posted April 18, 2011on:
Looking through my readers, feeds and tagsurfers, I suddenly feel just plain obligated to post about GAME OF THRONES, HBO’s new epic fantasy series.
For those of you who have been living under a rock, Game of Thrones is the first book in George R R Martin’s epic fantasy series called A Song of Ice and Fire. Frantic and obsessive fans are eagerly awaiting book five, which is scheduled to hit bookstores this summer. In this series, noble families fight for the throne, younger siblings come to understand they are nothing more than bargaining chips and wedding fodder, old magics are brewing in the frozen north, and good men and women take empire destroying secrets to their graves. Oh, and there is tons and tons of sex. And after the sex, there is tons and tons of violence, kidnapping, brutal murder, betrayal, more sex, and more betrayal.
(And just for kicks, these are all images from the board-game, cuz I totally dig the game. It looks all complicated, but you can learn the rules in about 2 minutes, and it’s a ball to play.)
And now, on to HBO’s version.
First, the good.
Peter Dinklage, Sean Bean, Harry Lloyd, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. They were excellent. Harry Lloyd absolutely made Viserys, and I knew I recognized that wonderfully crooked smile from Doctor Who! Peter Dinklage and Sean Bean are always a pleasure to watch, and Coster-Waldau had Jaime down.
I really liked the credits/intro as well. Great way to cram a lot of important geographical info into a small amount of time, especially for viewers who aren’t familiar with the books. They immediately know we’ve got two (for now) important cities on one continent, and across a narrow sea there is another city where some action will be taking place. Animation came off as a little cartoony and higher tech than this world warrants, but I can forgive it.
Now, the OK.
I really expected Cercei to be prettier, and a little sluttier. She’s supposed to be this super awesome babe? Yes, she’s had three kids, but I really was expecting more eye candy there.
I didn’t care for Winterfell. Yes, I know, it’s cold, I get it. But I felt like I was in a Viking movie. Hey look, there’s a guy in furs! And another guy in furs! And someone else in furs! And from the back, everyone looks exactly the same! I can completely understand why the costume designers did what they did, and it makes sense. It just didn’t work for me.
And now, the not so good.
They just plain crammed way too much into the pilot. I can see this as being a MAJOR turn off to casual viewers who are not familiar with the books. Who is this mysterious 5th Stark child? The youngest, Rickon, was never even mentioned, let alone referred to. Was it ever overtly mentioned that Catelyn’s sister IS Lyssa WHO IS married to Jon Arryn (I’ve been told there is a spoiler ridden family tree on the HBO website, but still)? That scene at the end when she gets the letter from Lyssa is so rushed as to be nearly useless. For those of us who have read the books multiple times, everything makes perfect sense. But make believe this is your first exposure to this series. Would you be confused? I would. I almost wish they hadn’t even introduced Daenerys until the 2nd episode, it would have allowed for much more Winterfell character development in the pilot. Oh but wait, without Daenerys, the show wouldn’t have had any boobies. And you can’t have an HBO pilot without buckets of boobies.
My husband did ask me very politely afterwards if I was offended by the nudity, and I said not at all. It’s not like I watch True Blood for the story.