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# 151 : Thursday 21-7-2011 @ 09:59
 
 
I finished watching this last night and have just read the thread, it appears that I'm the only person who thought this was a bit over-rated.

After the opening sequence I was expecting big things, they built up the white walkers so much and then apart from one more fleeting appearance we didn't see the for the rest of the series.

There was very little character development, there were long pointless scenes (Ned watching Arya learn to swordfight whilst overly dramatic music plays in the background) and what was the point of the horse people? They added absolutely nothing to the series. Sure your one Khaleesi could have stayed at home and figured out a way to hatch the eggs.

Mark Addy's (the Kings) death was so lame.


It could have been done as a two part mini-series. Unfortunately Episode 9, which was probably supposed to shock, was spoiled by every news website and references to actors who would like to return in the next series.

There were some great characters and some excellent acting, but just not enough for me to recommend this series to anyone else.

Don't get me wrong, although I wasn't a fan, it was watchable (in an "I've started it now I may as well see how it turns out" kind of way), and I really like some of the actors who have been cast in series two, so I will give it another shot and try to watch online to avoid any massive spoilers.
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# 152 : Thursday 21-7-2011 @ 10:07
 
 
GASP
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# 153 : Thursday 21-7-2011 @ 10:13
 
 
I don't think it's over-rated at all, because while it for a huge audience for a Sky Atlantic show, pretty much everyone seemed to find some faults with it. Nobody ever said it was an artistic triumph. People see it for what it is, a fun show.
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# 154 : Thursday 21-7-2011 @ 10:17
 
 
Someone said :
I finished watching this last night and have just read the thread, it appears that I'm the only person who thought this was a bit over-rated.

After the opening sequence I was expecting big things, they built up the white walkers so much and then apart from one more fleeting appearance we didn't see the for the rest of the series.

There was very little character development, there were long pointless scenes (Ned watching Arya learn to swordfight whilst overly dramatic music plays in the background) and what was the point of the horse people? They added absolutely nothing to the series. Sure your one Khaleesi could have stayed at home and figured out a way to hatch the eggs.

Mark Addy's (the Kings) death was so lame.



Don't get me wrong, although I wasn't a fan, it was watchable (in an "I've started it now I may as well see how it turns out" kind of way), and I really like some of the actors who have been cast in series two, so I will give it another shot and try to watch online to avoid any massive spoilers.

You're forgetting one thing though. It's already a book series that's five very long books in. most of your criticisms are about things that seemed to go nowhere. But these- the white walkers, ary, etc- all play major roles as the story progresses. In fact an important part of the story is how everyone ignores the warnings from the wall, they're so wrapped up with their own pointless fighting.
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# 155 : Thursday 21-7-2011 @ 10:32
 
 
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You're forgetting one thing though. It's already a book series that's five very long books in. most of your criticisms are about things that seemed to go nowhere. But these- the white walkers, ary, etc- all play major roles as the story progresses.

You're forgetting that not everyone is reading/wants to read the books. I'm not really prepared to wait five series for the baby dragons to grow up, so blondie can get her throne . IMO - There were references to character who didn't appear who sound like they could be really interesting, I think they could have done that with Khaleesi and left out that whole section.

Maybe I should have waited for the complete series to be released and then watched the whole lot together. At this stage, two of the three best characters won't be returning for the second series, so their replacements need to be good to keep me watching.
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# 156 : Thursday 21-7-2011 @ 10:53
 
 
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You're forgetting that not everyone is reading/wants to read the books. I'm not really prepared to wait five series for the baby dragons to grow up, so blondie can get her throne . IMO - There were references to character who didn't appear who sound like they could be really interesting, I think they could have done that with Khaleesi and left out that whole section.

Maybe I should have waited for the complete series to be released and then watched the whole lot together. At this stage, two of the three best characters won't be returning for the second series, so their replacements need to be good to keep me watching.

I guess it is a series that you need to be in for the long haul. There's at least two really good characters coming in next year that I think are way more interesting than Ned or the Khal.

One is called Davos and he's definitely one to watch out for. Our own Liam Cunningham has been cast. The other is King Robert's brother Stannis and there are rumours of Christopher Ecclesten.
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# 157 : Thursday 21-7-2011 @ 11:01
 
 
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I guess it is a series that you need to be in for the long haul. There's at least two really good characters coming in next year that I think are way more interesting than Ned or the Khal.

One is called Davos and he's definitely one to watch out for. Our own Liam Cunningham has been cast. The other is King Robert's brother Stannis and there are rumours of Christopher Ecclesten.

I have to admit, when I started watching it, I didn't realise it was a series of books, but I think I'd struggle past the first book if there were no real conclusions to any of the storylines.

Stannis is the character I was referring to, they referenced him but he never appeared and I get the impression he's going to be really good and Liam Cunningham is the casting I was talking about, he's an amazing actor so they are the two reasons I'll switch on for series 2. Ned and the King were the two characters I was referring to.
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# 158 : Thursday 21-7-2011 @ 11:07
 
 
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I have to admit, when I started watching it, I didn't realise it was a series of books, but I think I'd struggle past the first book if there were no real conclusions to any of the storylines.

Stannis is the character I was referring to, they referenced him but he never appeared and I get the impression he's going to be really good and Liam Cunningham is the casting I was talking about, he's an amazing actor so they are the two reasons I'll switch on for series 2. Ned and the King were the two characters I was referring to.

The King was actually a crap character in the books. They really made him interesting in the series, especially in the scenes with him and Cersei. Stannis could be a bit hit and miss but I'm sure they'll only keep the hits for the series.
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# 159 : Thursday 21-7-2011 @ 13:27
 
 
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What was the point of the horse people?

Sacrilege!!! Miri Mas Dur had a son apparently.
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# 160 : Thursday 21-7-2011 @ 14:24
 
 
I don't remember the horse people.
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# 161 : Thursday 21-7-2011 @ 14:38
 
 
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I don't remember the horse people.

Yeah I thought the centaurs didn't appear til season 9
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# 162 : Thursday 21-7-2011 @ 15:00
 
 
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Sacrilege!!! Miri Mas Dur had a son apparently.

His son could have been Ruby Walsh, it still wouldn't have made them interesting.
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# 163 : Thursday 21-7-2011 @ 15:08
 
 
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I don't remember the horse people.

I don't know how to spell it, the Doteracki?
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# 164 : Thursday 21-7-2011 @ 15:12
 
 
Miri Mas Dur was the witch who died screaming in the pyre after she killed Khal Drogo and his child, the stallion who mounts the world. Are you sure you watched this show?

I'm not sure you are her descendent now.
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# 165 : Thursday 21-7-2011 @ 15:24
 
 
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Has anyone read this series? He's not finished it yet but it's to be televised by HBO in April.

The plot follows A Song of Ice and Fire very closely, Martin said e was very happy with the scriptwork.

I am actually reading an anthology at the moment called "Legends", it is a book with short stories written by famous authors. One is from Anne McCaffrey, one is Terry Pratchett, one is Tad Williams and one is a short story based on "A Song of Ice and Fire" called "The Hedge Knight", it is basically a side story to the main books but it is pretty good
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