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Hobbit
April 3rd, 2012, 10:00 AM
Well, it was good to be back in Westeros. :)

The reviews have started to appear. I'm finding it interesting to read what those who have not come across the series before think.

Here's one quite detailed review (http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/ustv/s151/game-of-thrones/recaps/a374416/game-of-thrones-review-bastards-incest-and-direwolves.html)(for non-genre, anyway).

Short answer: they liked it, a lot.


And you thought Game of Thrones couldn't get any darker?

HBO's sex and swords fantasy series returned tonight with its grimmest scenes ever. Incest, baby killings and direwolves dominated the first hour of season two, which sizzled with tension as the effects of the deaths of Ned Stark and Robert Baratheon, and King Joffrey's controversial appointment to the throne, rippled across Westeros.

Featuring the obligatory mixture of sex, Peter Dinklage magic and ugly moments that make your jaw drop, Game of Thrones return didn't just live up to the hype, it far exceeded it.


Makes you wonder how they're going to react to the rest, doesn't it?

Mark

Haliax
April 3rd, 2012, 10:34 AM
I watched it again. I think my favourite part of the episode was Tyrion's reaction when Cersei told him that she only had one Stark left. I've been pretty impressed with the acting, and I didn't think there were very many misses in this episode. I thought that the actor playing Robb did a better job in this episode than he did at any point in season 1, and Jon was solid as well. Can't wait for the next episode, hopefully we'll see a bit more of Arya. :)

AuntiePam
April 3rd, 2012, 01:09 PM
The ratings were spectacular -- over 8 million viewers, and that's saying something for a premium/pay network. Have other HBO shows done that well?

The actors playing Joffrey and Robb seem taller this season. They couldn't have grown, but it made me wonder if in the first season they were shot so that they'd appear shorter, or if now they're being shot to appear taller. Or maybe it's just my imagination.

kged
April 3rd, 2012, 06:21 PM
Makes you wonder how they're going to react to the rest, doesn't it?
I'm concerned for that Otaku guy from YouTube - when we finally hit the Red Wedding, he might very well have a stroke so severe he takes out half the building. Remember last time? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owf6D2vfZqM&feature=relmfu). <THOROUGHLY non-Disney language - brace yourselves.

Yeah, he mad.

raggedyman
April 3rd, 2012, 07:10 PM
We also got a look at Eddison Tollett , better known as Dolorous Edd. "I was born in a place like this. Later I fell on hard times." :D

Ornery Wyvern
April 3rd, 2012, 07:16 PM
I know and he's the dad from the brilliant BBC comedy Pramface :D. Delighted to see him in the roll as he's perfect for it :).

AuntiePam
April 3rd, 2012, 10:23 PM
We also got a look at Eddison Tollett , better known as Dolorous Edd. "I was born in a place like this. Later I fell on hard times." :D

I didn't know that was him -- thank you. What an Eeyore. :)

Since we're in the spoiler thread, can someone tell me please what's happened to Bronn? Is he still alive?

Evil Agent
April 3rd, 2012, 10:42 PM
I was blown away by the premiere. Production values have definitely improved. The dragon looked AMAZING. The direwolf looked a little fake, but still amazing; huge improvement over the dogs from Season 1, IMO; Can't wait to see the new and improved Ghost!

Surprised to see some criticisms of Stephen Dillane as Stannis. I think he's an excellent actor, loved his portrayal of Thomas Jefferson in the HBO mini series John Adams, and am absolutely loving his version of Stannis so far. Probably the highlight of the episode for me! Also really liking Liam Cunningham as Davos; I think he's one of those pieces of casting that will make the character much more enjoyable than in the books.

Other highlights:
-Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey seem a lot more comfortable in their roles, adn their acting has improved noticeably! They also have great chemistry together.
-Joffrey is even more hate-able than before ("Well struck, Dog!", LOL).
-Loved Bran's wolf dream.
-The final scene was suitably horrific. God, I hate Janos Slynt.

Minor criticisms:
-The Dontos scene was a little weird. Not sure I liked the actor. Didn't seem drunk enough.
-As usual, it felt a little rushed. Already at Craster's keep??? (Which, by the way, looked exactly how I imagined from the books).

Looking forward to the rest of the season. Can't wait to see the Iron Islands, Balon Greyjoy, and Brienne!

Evil Agent
April 3rd, 2012, 10:44 PM
Since we're in the spoiler thread, can someone tell me please what's happened to Bronn? Is he still alive?You mean in the show? Bronn was there, although he only spoke one line.

Evil Agent
April 3rd, 2012, 10:49 PM
I'm concerned for that Otaku guy from YouTube - when we finally hit the Red Wedding, he might very well have a stroke so severe he takes out half the building. Remember last time? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owf6D2vfZqM&feature=relmfu). <THOROUGHLY non-Disney language - brace yourselves.

Yeah, he mad.
Unfortunately, someone spoiled the Red Wedding for Larry Williams, sometime last year. He was quite angry at the time, but now he says he's still excited to learn the how and the why of it all. He's also disabled comments on his videos, to prevent himself and his viewers from similar spoilers in the future.