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Monday, April 18, 2011

Game of Thrones 1x1 - "Winter is Coming"

I bought the novel "A Game of Thrones" last week but I haven't started reading it. Normally, fantasy isn't my thing. But the hype is overwhelming. And I thought episode one lived up to it.

Learning all the names of all the characters is challenging but the main players and their motivations were clear. It was easy to relate to Sean Bean torn between not wanting to leave his family at the behest of his friend, the King, who needs him to protect him as his Hand against the schemers plotting against him. Easy to sympathize with the gorgeous girl offered to the barbarian so the barbarian army can help her brother seize the crown. The ending genuinely shocked me.

The cast and acting are terrific, the show looks terrific, and it's well-written and directed.

What else can I say about it? I offer my "live Tweeting" of Game of Thrones:

"@hansen9j I really want a dire wolf puppy. #gameofthrones" Me too. Clever how they used the growth of the wolves to mark time passing.

"I would let his whole tribe fuck you. All 40,000 men and their horses too, if that's what it took." @GameofThrones #brotherlylove

Heh. Fred Flintstone (Mark Addy) is the king of @GameofThrones. #yabbadabba #vivarockvegas And his queen is Sarah Connor (Lena Headey).

"I don't fight in tournaments because when I fight a man for real, I don't want him to know what I can do." @GameofThrones is well-written.

I gotta hand it to @GameofThrones: That was more incest in one hour than the entire series (of implied jokes) of Arrested Development.