Gypsy Lantern said: What do you make of the pacing of it? It's really rattling through the story isn't it. I'm not sure if I would be following all of the complexity if I wasn't simultaneously reading the book.
I just remembered that I read the chap from Skins is the other bastard, the king's bastard working at the blacksmiths. I know I should probably say "illegitimate child" on here, but it's not really in the spirit of GoT, with all its emphasis on bastards. Not that I've ever seen Skins or know what it is.
Viserys is actually *more* unpleasant in the book, than he is in the series. That actor nails the character though, Dickens family nepotism aside.
I loved that scene with Richard and Cersei, that isn't in the book. I know loads of people have said it elsewhere, but the actress playing Cersei really does invest that character with more humanity and complexity than she really has in the book.
You can use the spoiler tags for that sort of stuff, look at my post just above Evan's.
When they talk about Khal Drohgo, I always hear it as Carl Drogo, and imagine he is from Essex. "Leave it Carl! It's not worth it!!"
Similarly, when they talk about going to the Eyrie, I hear it as the Irie, and imagine it as a Rastafari camp up in the hills.
Anyone catch the last ep yet then? I thought this one was a bit more up and down in terms of quality... quite jumpy, hopping from one scene to the other, one sub-plot to another... Obviously there's a lot to fit in in a 50 minute episode, but even so.
Top for me was Tyrion - again! I think they did that whole thing with the Eyrie quite well, mad rulers and all. Lots of ravens too... The ending was class too!
Possibly Crassus, scourge of Spartacus. Plutarch has the Persians pouring molten gold down his throat before using his head as a prop in a court production of The Bacchae.
We bring from the mountain A tendril fresh cut to the palace A wonderful prey
Here you go.
As for Gypsy Lantern's (hidden) comment, there are plenty of disconcerting surprises to come.
More of a spoiler:
Already read the book, so I knew what was coming.
Thought it was reasonably done, with a few interesting touches: for example, Ned sees Arya in the crowd, and it's very clear that Cersei, Littlefinger, and Varys all are making efforts to stop the execution before it happens. Didn't really clearly get the chance to see Ilyn Payne, though, which would have been nice.
Alwin said: I think that's actually one of the strengths of the books as well: relatively few actual battles are being described in detail - more often they're second hand accounts of the battle, as heard of by the characters themselves.
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