Game of Thrones Thread



  • Is anyone else here as into Game of Thrones as I am? Yesterday was the season 8 premier, and it didn't disappoint. It's hard to believe that we only have 5 more episodes left to finish the series, and it's so well crafted that I have absolutely no predictions on who will live, who will die, who will win, who will lose, or even what the final outcome will be.

    It's been a great ride. I started reading the first book around the time the first season wrapped, but I didn't watch the show until I'd finished the first book. Of course the show is well beyond the books at this point, and there has been enough deviation from the source material that I'm not sure if the end result of the show will look anything like what winds up happening in the book at all.

    Let's just hope that George R.R. Martin doesn't kick the bucket before he finishes the books - I'd really like to read them.



  • It took me a long time to get into GOT. I didn't start at the beginning. I came in somewhere in the middle and there were just too many characters and too many sub-plots to make any sense of it. But then I was out sick for a couple of days and started at the beginning with HBO On Demand while I was lying around. I still had to watch some of the episodes more than once, but I finally got into the rhythm of it. Some reviewers thought the season 8 premiere was kind of dull or flat of something. But every episode can't be "The Red Wedding" (The Rains of Castamere) or "The Winds of War." That would be exhausting. The season 8 premiere needed to set the stage for the grand denouement, and did a good job of it, IMO.



  • I know absolutely nothing about Game of Thrones.
    Probably because I'm an old fart of 63 years.

    Is it a cult like Star Trek that will sell billions of dollars in action figures and have people putting on costumes and make-up for Comi-Con ?

    moshe



  • @trickg
    Never. Watched. One. Episode. Or clip. Or preview.
    And yet, I feel fulfilled in life.



  • @BigDub said in Game of Thrones Thread:

    @trickg
    Never. Watched. One. Episode. Or clip. Or preview.
    And yet, I feel fulfilled in life.

    Heretic.

    ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺

    moshe



  • @moshe said in Game of Thrones Thread:

    @BigDub said in Game of Thrones Thread:

    @trickg
    Never. Watched. One. Episode. Or clip. Or preview.
    And yet, I feel fulfilled in life.

    Heretic.

    ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺

    moshe

    Well, maybe there is a huge void in my life I just didn’t know about.



  • Had my own Game of Thrones this morning.



  • @moshe I'm an old fart of 64, but I have learned to love GOT, although it has a certain "learning curve." It's more "Dungeons and Dragons" meets "The Lord of the Rings" than Star Trek. Yes, there are some cult-like aspects, but the story telling is great.



  • @Kehaulani Did you require more than one throne?



  • @Newell-Post said in Game of Thrones Thread:

    @Kehaulani Did you require more than one throne?

    Same Throne but multiple times. Thank God for Walgreen's Pharmacy. 😨



  • @BigDub said in Game of Thrones Thread:

    Well, maybe there is a huge void in my life I just didn’t know about.

    Oh, you know sir. You fill that huge void with acrylics!✍ 🎨



  • @Newell-Post said in Game of Thrones Thread:

    @moshe I'm an old fart of 64, but I have learned to love GOT, although it has a certain "learning curve." It's more "Dungeons and Dragons" meets "The Lord of the Rings" than Star Trek. Yes, there are some cult-like aspects, but they story telling is great.

    Now that is funny.

    Because I have never seen "Dungeons and Dragons" or "The Lord of the Rings" either ☺

    mosh



  • @moshe OK, then let's try this musical simile..... It's not completely unlike "Don Giovanni" meets "The Ring of the Nibelung."



  • @Newell-Post said in Game of Thrones Thread:

    @moshe OK, then let's try this musical simile..... It's not completely unlike "Don Giovanni" meets "The Ring of the Nibelung."

    I don't think Little Anthony and the Imperials ever recorded those.

    You must be talking about that new stuff by Iron Butterfly
    but I'm not into hard rock...

    moshe



  • I love it too. In the UK it is shown at 3am! As I had hip replacement surgery on Friday, sleeping is a problem, so was awake to watch the new series. Thought it set the scene well. I can’t help thinking that Bran looks a lot like the White Walker King.

    For those that have never watched it, sorry for your loss.



  • It's showing right now as a free preview for the month of April on my cable provider. Certainly well done, but it has so many characters, plots and sub plots that you really have to pay close attention.



  • I've never understood why some people have to try to dump on people who enjoy this show by making sure everyone knows that they've never seen a single episode. Ok, whatever. But with that in mind, rather than try to wear that like a badge of honor, why not at least give it a try? It would be like me proudly proclaiming that I've never heard Bud Herseth play Mahler 5 - not even once, or that I haven't listened to even a single recording of Maynard Ferguson. (Not true - just trying to draw a comparison.)

    I can tell you that it's some of the best screen entertainment I've ever seen, and I'm a movie guy - that's kind of my thing. The story-line and plot are wonderful, and the production value is stellar. it's like watching a really well made movie, only they don't have to try to shove all character and plot development into a 2-hour block - they have had 10 episodes per season (for the first six seasons - seasons 7 and 8 were/are shorter) to tell a great story full of twists, triumphs, heartbreaks, frights, action, etc.

    The plot-lines and story arcs for the characters are superbly done - the good guys don't always win, and the bad guys don't always lose. Sometimes characters you love will get killed off the show by other characters you wish would die - that's just the way the cookie crumbles. There are others characters who were despicable in season 1, but their story arcs have taken them through redemption and they actually become likable as the seasons progress.

    I got into the show because I read the books - those were great by themselves, but IMO HBO has done a great job of bringing those books to the screen.



  • @trickg said in Game of Thrones Thread:

    I've never understood why some people have to try to dump on people who enjoy this show by making sure everyone knows that they've never seen a single episode. Ok, whatever. But with that in mind, rather than try to wear that like a badge of honor, why not at least give it a try? It would be like me proudly proclaiming that I've never heard Bud Herseth play Mahler 5 - not even once, or that I haven't listened to even a single recording of Maynard Ferguson. (Not true - just trying to draw a comparison.)

    I can tell you that it's some of the best screen entertainment I've ever seen, and I'm a movie guy - that's kind of my thing. The story-line and plot are wonderful, and the production value is stellar. it's like watching a really well made movie, only they don't have to try to shove all character and plot development into a 2-hour block - they have had 10 episodes per season (for the first six seasons - seasons 7 and 8 were/are shorter) to tell a great story full of twists, triumphs, heartbreaks, frights, action, etc.

    The plot-lines and story arcs for the characters are superbly done - the good guys don't always win, and the bad guys don't always lose. Sometimes characters you love will get killed off the show by other characters you wish would die - that's just the way the cookie crumbles. There are others characters who were despicable in season 1, but their story arcs have taken them through redemption and they actually become likable as the seasons progress.

    I got into the show because I read the books - those were great by themselves, but IMO HBO has done a great job of bringing those books to the screen.
    I don’t really make it a practice to dump on people, do I? It’s more a kind of self deprecating type humor, much like my heritage of Norwegian decent. Besides, I don’t have HBO, or whatever network it shows on. So, how backward am I, right?
    I honestly don’t have any opinion about the show, so how is that dumping on anyone?
    More power to them. Enjoy what you like. I am truly happy for those that enjoy it. I promise I won’t march around their houses with placards or anything like that.


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    I can't give it a try. I have heard of its extraordinarily raunchy reputation, and know that I can't handle that... maybe I should give up R. Strauss too!



  • I don't have HBO so there are lots of things I've never seen.


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