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Old 04-14-2011, 10:00 PM   #16
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DH is a big fan of the books. The 5th(?) one comes out this summer.

I can't wait for the series to start on Sunday!

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Old 04-15-2011, 09:43 AM   #17
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DH and I actually changed our cable package, mostly in order to watch this miniseries. So yes, I'll be watching on Sunday.

And for fans of Chuck, anyone catch this week's homage to the books? "Come on Eddard, who lets their kids keep a dire wolf?!"
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Old 04-15-2011, 11:00 AM   #18
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I got hooked on that series of books after I read a preview of the first chapter of the first book, Game of Thrones. The characters in the books are brutal people, and I hope it carries over to the screen.

My favorite characters are Jon Snow, Ned Stark, and Tyrion Lannister.
Add Arya to that list of favorites & we're in agreement. I've been dying to see book five largely because of her story.

I was a bit thrown off watching the 15 min preview. It didn't seem to start where book one did & most of the actors didn't fit the ideas in my head from the books, Ned & Katelyn Stark in particular.
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Old 04-15-2011, 10:56 PM   #19
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Game of Thrones' lives up to the hype

HBO's new fantasy series pairs dense mythology with crowd-pleasing elements of war, honor, pride, lust, power

LOS ANGELES — Barely a few minutes into HBO's epic "Game of Thrones" series, it's clear that the hype was right and the wait was worth it.
Based on the bestselling fantasy book series "A Song of Ice and Fire" by George R.R. Martin often referred to as "the American Tolkien" HBO is betting that fans of "The Lord of the Rings" will come to this for a sprawling, interwoven tale of feuding families, swords, sex, carnage, beasts, frayed loyalties, deception, intrigue and the pursuit of power.
As well they should. "Game of Thrones" has all the elements (many described above) that lure viewers to shows like "The Sopranos," et al. That it's a fantasy series shouldn't scare anyone away, because like "Lord of the Rings" there's a real allure to costume-dramas that pair dense mythology with all of the crowd-pleasing elements of war, honor, pride, lust, power and, yes, even humor. Thrones has all of those in spades and supports them with exceptional storytelling, strong writing, superb acting and some stunning visual effects.

Writers and executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will certainly have their hands full dealing with die-hard fans on what they got right or wrong (or left out or put in that may have not been in the books), but they have the backing of Martin, who worked closely with the duo, and that should count for a lot. Perhaps more important to those people who haven't read the books or heard much about this series, Benioff and Weiss kick things off immediately with action, blood-shed and eeriness. Director Tim Van Patten creates a beautiful, haunting, visual template of vast expanses (Northern Ireland, Malta), white snow and dark shadows while also allowing the visual effects to pack a wallop.

That kind of start to the 10-part series was essential because "Game of Thrones" is a complicated story with numerous characters and a dense, interwoven back-story. Though it demands attention, "Thrones" never once bogs down. It's the kind of drama where, when the first episode ends, you wish the nine others were immediately available. And that validates HBO's notion that television is the perfect medium for a fantasy series done right. Getting Martin's "Thrones," the gold-standard, could end up landing HBO its next franchise.

"Thrones" is set in the fictional land of Westeros, where various clans or houses — have lived and fought for generations in different realms, until the Targaryens invaded and united the Seven Kingdoms under the Iron Throne. Now, years later, there's a battle for the throne.

It's actually not as confusing as it may sound. And there are more than a few unexpected surprises and even humorous detours (mostly provided by Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister whose whoring and drinking knows no bounds). A great series should challenge viewers to pay attention, to connect dots and anticipate connections. "Thrones" manages a superior complexity without ever making you think that you've lost the connection to the story. It's paced with precision and the carefully crafted assemblage of characters unspools at such a rate that you can keep up while keeping tabs on their ever changing moods.

What that means, essentially, is that there's a tight grip on the storytelling and a real understanding of who each person is traits that make the complexity easier to bear.

It's difficult to single out the most accomplished parts of "Thrones." The ambition is immense, the fantasy world exceptionally well-conceived, the writing and acting elevating the entire series beyond contemporaries like "The Borgias" and "Camelot," and the visual appeal continues to surprise with each episode.

What we have here is the successful pairing of an acclaimed collection of fantasy books with a television series that illuminates and expands what's on the page.

Worth the wait? Absolutely. And even if you have no idea what all the fuss is about, you should get in from the start to absorb Martin's fantastical tale.
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Old 04-15-2011, 11:47 PM   #20
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Old 04-16-2011, 10:14 AM   #21
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I am very excited about this show, like a pp we changed our cable package to watch the show as well . I started reading the series right at the beginning and have been waiting years for George Martin to finish it; I'd pretty much given up and now it looks as if he will actually get it done

The casting for the show, based on the previews, looks pretty good I think. I'm not sure about the dire wolves though, the one picture I saw looked like a dog, so we will see.
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Old 04-16-2011, 11:27 AM   #22
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Love the books and can't wait for the show.
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Old 04-16-2011, 07:15 PM   #23
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Just ordered HBO - there's no way i want to wait for the series on DVD.

And I am waiting VERY VERY impatiently for A Dance of Dragons, which is FINALLY supposed to be released on 7-12.
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Old 04-16-2011, 07:31 PM   #24
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DH and I watched "The Making of Game of Thrones" on HBO and I highly recommend to all of you to watch it!!! It's awesome!!! We are so excited for tomorrow night!!!
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Sunday TV nights are becoming dangerously addictive .. 60 minutes, Amazing Race, Celebrity Apprentice, The Borgias, The Killing, Game of Thrones... yikes!
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Sunday TV nights are becoming dangerously addictive .. 60 minutes, Amazing Race, Celebrity Apprentice, The Borgias, The Killing, Game of Thrones... yikes!
And sometime soon...Mad Men! Love The Killing btw.
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Question...is the mini-series based on the first book only? Or the entire series?
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The first book only. The series is technically not finished (a sore point with fans) and even so is ungodly long (not Wheel of Time long yet, but still...).
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Tonight, tonight, tonight!

I have my DVR set and I'm going to be planted in front of the tv all evening. Wow, I haven't been this excited about a show in a very long time. From the 15 minute preview HBO put up, I think it's going to be great.
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The first book only. The series is technically not finished (a sore point with fans) and even so is ungodly long (not Wheel of Time long yet, but still...).
Yay. I just found the books and didn't want to watch the series until I finished the books. If I had to read ALL of them first it would be years!
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