Did you read Game of Thrones? Do you want the text brought to life pretty much exactly in HD on your TV screen? Are you a fan of sweeping landscapes and epic storylines? Are you sad Boromir died? Do you like boobs? If you answered yes to most or all of these questions – then Game of Thrones on HBO is for you!
Okay, so I’m talking about Game of Thrones again since the HBO series has started up – the second episode aired last night. Mostly it makes me wish these people had decided to make Harry Potter an HBO series because literally this show follows the book nearly to a T. No missing characters, no oversimplifying the plot, no horrible CGI. Just the book being illustrated and acted out on your TV.
I admit that the pacing is pretty slow. I feel like I know what’s going on mostly because I read the book, not because I’m doing a great job following along with all the dialogue and all the many characters. Like I said in my original post – this story is complicated. It takes a lot of setting up and a lot of explaining – they’re doing a pretty good job getting the backstory in without too much blatant exposition. But it’s confusing. Having read the book though, I know what’s happening and I really appreciate the accuracy and attention to detail.
The casting is pretty good. Sean Bean is Boromir as Eddard Stark – he’s a little dull simply because his character is one of those overly noble types so they’re naturally a little dull. I feel the woman who was cast as Catherine, his wife, is too old. In the book they’re planning a potential new child, she’s willing to ride off into dangerous intrigue, she’s cunning and smart and a little cruel – but the lady on the show just looks kind of worn down. Not really what I pictured. Except her hair is perfect, haha. The children are sufficient, though I’m not really a fan of Sansa and Jon looks like some weird hybrid of Orlando Bloom and Darren Criss. Arya and Bran are great.
The relationship between Dany and Khal Drogo is thrown off a bit from the books. She is definitely 13 and married to this crazy huge dude who is WAY too rough with her, but in the book…she kind of takes control of it and almost wants him sometimes a little sooner than they portray on the show. Ends up the same, but their relationship was a bit different to start with. She really is one of the most interesting characters – the actress playing her is a bit dead in the eyes, but hopefully as she comes into her claim as Khaleesi and Princess she’ll buck up a bit and have a little spark.
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion is amazing, naturally. He’s a great actor anyway and it’s awesome that he really gets to be THE character. Not just the dwarf guy. Though he was great in Elf as that dwarf guy. But really – Tyrion is like the main hero, the most interesting character and he’s great. Also he banged like 4 naked chicks at once in the first episode. Woohoo! I would hazard to say he’s too handsome though. In the book, Tyrion is not just described as a dwarf, but as severely deformed, with two different colored eyes, and all sorts of other weird things wrong with him. But I can understand why they didn’t want to ugly him up too much for the TV. I’m excited to see more of him as the story goes on.
They have already picked up the show for a second season – though I think there’s no way they’ll finish the first book in one season because they are following it so exactly. It’s a lot to get through. I hope people will like it and stick with it, despite possible confusion and slow start. The costumes and sets are gorgeous, the acting pretty good….hoping the story will pick up and it will end up fantastic.
I have just started the second book in the series – Clash of Kings – which picks up right where the first book left off without a hiccup. Extremely smooth transition, which I really appreciate! I’m excited to get into the series, but not excited for the possible 5 year wait for the next book waiting for me at the end of it…but oh well – I can always watch the show in reruns while I wait!