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April 2nd, 2012, 08:54 PM #16
I've just finished watching it. Overall reaction - high class. Once again, absolutely stellar work by the design and effects and photography people; the Red Waste looked genuinely worrying - I would NOT fancy a long stroll in there, thanks - and Grey Wind was absolutely bloody terrifying. It looks as if the many fears expressed by posters here that the direwolves were going to be sold short in the TV show can be set aside. That panoramic shot of King's Landing was very impressive too, albeit it still remains rather different to how I pictured it from the books (but at least it is consistent with s1's look).
Dinklage was on top form - he really convinces in his warmth to the young Lannisters, while clearly having an absolute ball in his new job. His delight in making Cersei twitch was joyous.
Gripe: I'm not too keen on the performance of Stephen Dillane as Stannis, at least not on this showing. Stannis should be stern but sharp, nobody's fool; and I'm afraid foolish is exactly how he came across to me. He just seemed petty and rather clueless, instead of the hard imperious fanatic I expected. I shall watch that performance with interest as the weeks pass.
Oh yes - Sophie Turner and Jack Gleeson absolutely set the screen alight in their scenes together. Her fragile wounded dignity and his someonekillhimNOW depravity really sparked off each other. This storyline is going to be SO good.
April 2nd, 2012, 10:40 PM #17
They have way to much to cover and way to many story lines but I do get that they had to get them all off and running. They did manage to keep it entertaining and compelling but they are walking a fine line if this keeps up. We could end up having a season of plot points, soundbites, cliffs notes, or whatever you'd like to call it.
April 3rd, 2012, 12:12 AM #18
I think he suffers from tunnel vision, and an inability to compromise. Why not let those people keep their old gods? Good leaders know how to compromise, and it doesn't seem like he understands that.
I loved Dany's decision to send out riders, to see what they could find, instead of just wandering Moses-like. I couldn't help but think of some of the stupid things the characters did in The Walking Dead, and how much better that show would have been if those people had a leader like Dany.
April 3rd, 2012, 02:30 AM #19
April 3rd, 2012, 04:39 AM #20
I'm pretty sure they've re-mastered the theme music, not necessarily for the better. And after obssessing over Jason Wang's version on YouTube, it sounds even worse.
April 3rd, 2012, 11:00 AM #21
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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 (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?
April 3rd, 2012, 11:34 AM #22
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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.
April 3rd, 2012, 02:09 PM #23
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.
April 3rd, 2012, 07:21 PM #24
Remember last time?. <THOROUGHLY non-Disney language - brace yourselves.
Yeah, he mad.
April 3rd, 2012, 08:10 PM #25
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."
April 3rd, 2012, 08:16 PM #26
I know and he's the dad from the brilliant BBC comedy Pramface . Delighted to see him in the roll as he's perfect for it .
April 3rd, 2012, 11:23 PM #27
April 3rd, 2012, 11:42 PM #28
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.
-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.
-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!
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