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May 9th, 2011, 04:25 PM #16
I will confess that either due to people eating during the time it's on or the poor quality of the TV that I do miss things they say, especially a lot of the back-story and intricate dialogue, but I don't feel lost.
It's kinda clear what's going on. The Throne has recently been vacated, and Ned is torn between serving his King (As his morals say he should) and doing what he think he should. He doesn't want to be there, but he doesn't see a choice. Jon doesn't have any choice in what he's doing, either. The Lannisters want the throne for themselves, and will crush anyone to see it in their hands. Creepy Blonde Guy would sell his sister (And perhaps practically did) to claim the throne, but he's far too self-righteous to even have a hope of claiming it.
So, basically, the Starks want to keep to themselves as best they can, the Lannisters want power for themselves, Joffrey needs a slap, Tyrion needs a whore, Daenerys just wants to love and please Khal Drogo as he'll look after her, King Robb (Is it one or two Bs?) wants to get sloshed and procreate like there's no tomorrow, and that's really all I can think of at the moment. Everything else is, currently, a minor plotline.
May 9th, 2011, 06:25 PM #17
Just to clarify, the throne has not been vacated... Robert was, and still is, the king. The position of King's Hand is what was vacated.
May 9th, 2011, 06:46 PM #18
Actually, Jon is a volunteer, so he can leave, as he hasn't taken his vow yet. Once he gets to that stage, if he leaves, then he's a deserter (like that poor fellow they beheaded in the first episode.) It's just that there isn't much for him to go back to, even though all his half-siblings love him.
Robb with two b's is Robb Stark, Ned's oldest son and heir. Robert the king is Rob with one b.
May 10th, 2011, 01:56 AM #19
I kinda get the feeling that Ned would love to change the rules, to allow Jon to live a 'normal' life and to let Arya be who she is. And, of course, to slap some sense into King Rob.
May 10th, 2011, 02:43 AM #20
May 10th, 2011, 12:44 PM #21
I must have thought Robert was a King of some land/country, and that the Throne was above all that - If that makes sense? I think it's because I got a bit confused due to the Meister and the Lurvin' Lannisters (Right?) talking about someone passing away right at the very start of the show.
May 10th, 2011, 02:26 PM #22
May 10th, 2011, 02:44 PM #23
May 17th, 2011, 02:30 AM #24
Thoughts on last night's episode (#5).
I'm not sure, if I'm honest. Half of the combat scenes looked almost laughable if I'm honest. The scene where Caitlyn is attacked on the road? Oh dear, that wasn't well choreographed. The same went for the fight between Incest Boy and Ned.
I also wasn't sure about the scene in the dungeon. Villains/advisers aren't supposed to be stupid, so why were they talking about what they were in a large corridor that echoes and makes them sound louder, especially when Littlefinger and others have eyes and ears everywhere?
Who was the guy who got cock-blocked by the prostitute? The guy who kept trying to insult Tyrion but came off as an arrogant sod, that is. Is that Ned's eldest?
Oh, talking of Tyrion... Peter Dinklage stole the show once again. He's got to be one of the best actors on the show.
May 17th, 2011, 02:37 AM #25
Anyways, that guy with the prostitute was Theon Greyjoy. They introduced him in Episode 4 last week (two scenes), and gave him another two scenes this week. I can see it being confusing, though.
He's not a Stark, he's essentially a hostage ("ward") who was raised by the Starks. His family, the Greyjoys, staged a failed rebellion 9 years ago. When it was over, Ned Stark took Theon to Winterfell as a ward, where he was raised, to ensure the obedience of the Greyjoy family.
May 17th, 2011, 02:46 AM #26
May 17th, 2011, 10:58 AM #27
I think I prefer this slightly clumsy, grain threshing style of fighting to the the choreographed kung-fu dance of wire traction heroes.
The blades are quite heavy, and both Ned and Jaime showed the importance of footwork. The waterdance also insist on mobility, but with lighter blades and without full plate armor.
May 17th, 2011, 11:37 AM #28
May 17th, 2011, 11:15 PM #29
I agree that the actors playing Theon and Robb look rather alike, which was a problem in the first couple of episodes where they didn't properly explain who Theon was, so that it seemed like he was a Stark relative of some kind. But they fixed it when Tyrion talks with Theon and it's explained who Theon is. Their conversation was about Roz the prostitute in part, so that's why Theon brings up Tyrion with Roz. He's still pissed off about that conversation with Tyrion, as Tyrion is the master of put-downs.
May 18th, 2011, 02:20 AM #30
And Tyrion is just the Master.