IdleRich

IdleRich
On Portuguese telly they showed the entirety of Season 1 last night and they're showing 2 tonight. I'm guessing they're gonna blast through the whole load of it to get everyone suitably wet-tipped for the new one... when will normal people be able to watch that anyway?
 

Corpsey

call me big papa
I watched the entire first season twice in two days but I was a) unemployed and b) a freak
 

Mr. Tea

Shub-Niggurath, Please
I'm halfway through season 5 (again). Pretty psyched about the new one. I just hope it's still possible to watch stuff on those dodgy TV websites.
 

yyaldrin

in je ogen waait de wind
think i saw an episode once, thought it was lame. i can see how it appeals to this forum tho given the current wave of pedophiles, genocide deniers and alt-right youtube stars.
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
If you just saw a random episode then you might have missed some of the sweep of the major plot themes. To be fair I think that at the start especially it was the fact that the overall story that was so strong that covered over some of the slightly stilted acting of some and the not quite epic sets and mise en scene. Later on they obviously had a bigger budget (growing towards pretty much infinite by the end) and the actors had practised so much that they thought they were those characters, so I can accept that if you just watched a random episode near the start not knowing what was going on then all you have would be some kids in period costume learning to act and saying silly names.
 

Corpsey

call me big papa
I've never known a show with more (near) universal appeal. Every tom dick and Harry (and tamara, Harriet and whatever the female equivalent of dick would be - no don't even bother) is into it. You can't tar GOT fans with a brush, there is no brush that big.
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
Yeah, I just watched it cos I couldn't escape it, I really enjoyed it and then I read all the books in about two weeks. I persuaded my girlfriend - who swore blind she would hate it - to watch a few episodes and now she's going "What's gonna happen with the Night's King?" and can't wait for series 8. Some bits are better than others and of course there are some silly moments but overall it's just a great story on a huge scale told pretty much as well as could possibly be done.
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
It's possible that the ending will disappoint though as it diverges further from the books.... though the books have some bits that feel like bad decisions too (Caetelyn Stark coming back to life, the Targaryen heir turning up alive etc) - for me the ideal story would actually be somewhere between the books and the telly show.
 

Corpsey

call me big papa
What's funny with GoG is that all the spectacular battles/dragons we get now might have actually alienated more people from the show if they'd come earlier on. Cos people hate dungeons and dragons, see it as nerdy, etc. So what got everyone into it was the stuff they could easily do on a budget.

This is the opposite case with big budget cinema, as a general rule - it's the spectacle that gets bums on seats, not dense narrative.
 

yyaldrin

in je ogen waait de wind
Barty sneers at it cos it's swords and dragons and midgets.
the episode i saw was about a midget having sex with a woman. can't remember if it was a human woman, or an elf woman or whatever species. the midget then got thrown out of the window. felt like a combination of monty python, xena the warrior princess and porno.
 

yyaldrin

in je ogen waait de wind
could also be that the woman was half-horse or something.

wasn't stuff like this embarrassing to watch in the past? what changed?
 

luka

Moderator
Yes, Fantasy crept into the mainstream. Through video games, cartoons, movies. Whether or not it's linked to other larger, underlying changes I don't know.
 
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