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Game of Thrones: 1.04 - 1.10

Yes, I finished the first season yesterday. It's been a while since I've had a show where I just flat wanted to know what happened next like I do with this show.

Thoughts in no particular order:
* Ned Stark is dead. This is the thing I'd been spoiled for, but even without the spoiler I don't think it'd have come as a shock. He was an honorable man but a pretty poor statesman, and this world does not reward that combination of traits.

* Forget what I said about being unmerciful to Joffrey. NO MERCY.

* Oh, if only Sansa had actually pushed him off that walkway - what a different story it would be from here. I suppose the younger brother, I forget his name, would get the crown, but Cersei would find him much more manageable than Joffrey is turning out to be.

* I found the whole story between Danaerys and the priestess woman to be fascinating. Of course we feel for Danaerys, but OTOH in any other story (and perhaps this one, too), we'd cheer the priestess on. My gosh, though, what becomes of Drogo is horrible. Somehow knowing it's a magical catatonia feels even more horrible than if he were just, like, on life support. Eep.

* Elsewhere, I really like the hillwoman who's now enslaved up at Winterfell. Does she even have a name? But I like her a lot, and I like her friendship with Bran.

* Speaking of Bran, it's nice that his continued memory problems have some plot relevance. Once Ned figured out that Joffrey was Jaime's son, I wasn't really sure what the point was of Bran knowing, too, but now that Ned's gone, that's a rabbit that needs to pulled out of the hat again.

* So, moral of this story: incest destroys kingdoms, y/y? (Technically, it's more along the lines of "Habitually cheating on the king for years destroys kingdoms," but you know, whichever.)

* In addition to Iain Glen, I've spotted another Downton Abbey alum: Molesly is an attendant person at King's Landing.

* People are remarkably verbal during sex scenes. It can't be very good sex, or you wouldn't think they'd have time to deliver all this exposition. And then afterwards the ladies stand around naked as if drafts do not exist in this universe while the men continue to exposit. (It's not even good exposition most of the time. It's really quite dull 'Let me explain how I came to me the miserable excuse for a man that I am' exposition.)

Generally, the scenes that I am automatically invested in are:
* Anything to do with the Wall.
* Anything with Tyrion or Arya.
* Most things with Varys, oddly enough. Or Littlefinger. (Except, OMG, the girl-on-girl porn exposition scene of DOOOOOOM.)

No doubt I have other thoughts out of those seven episodes, but I'm having trouble thinking what they are off-hand. So, in closing:

DRAGONS.

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kikimay
Mar. 8th, 2013 06:03 pm (UTC)
Joffrey's a little shit. He deserves no mercy at all.
I also think that the priestess had a point, even if she basically hurts Dany, she wasn't wrong about what she said. The sad circle of revenge and pain.
snickfic
Mar. 8th, 2013 09:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah, not only did the priestess exact some revenge, but she also acted to prevent widespread bloodshed, by killing both the khal and his son.
brutti_ma_buoni
Mar. 8th, 2013 09:40 pm (UTC)
I didn't expect to love it. I've read the books and got hooked, but with all kinds of issues with the writing and plotting and cod medievalness (which Martin enthusiasts claim is authentic but... nope). Yet somehow the TV series surprises me, with all its flaws, by being so damn compelling. Mostly down to acting, I think. They just keep on delivering.
snickfic
Mar. 8th, 2013 09:55 pm (UTC)
I have no idea what cod medievalness is - I assume it's the "medievalism by osmosis" school of historicity? The same faux-feudalism used by most epic fantasy? That's exactly the sort of reason I usually stay well away from epic fantasy. It's all so samey.

I couldn't bear the books, I don't think, and I shan't try. As you say, at least here I have excellent acting (and also pretty scenery) to distract me from the long droney exposition by men to naked women.

brutti_ma_buoni
Mar. 8th, 2013 10:01 pm (UTC)
Just faked-up pseudo medievalism. Like having all the kids be so young and getting married (which is crap; average age of marriage for men and women c1500 was 25 or so) and all the shields/mottoes/jousts. As you say, fantasy always seems to hit the same fictitious phase of chivalric wossname that just never happened.

To be fair, the TV character shapinglight calls Roz the exposition whore is invented for TV. There's a lot less explicit sex in the books. But much else I suspect you wouldn't enjoy.
snickfic
Mar. 8th, 2013 10:05 pm (UTC)
I assume Roz the exposition whore is an amalgam? Because we have exposited to quite a number of different whores by this point.

There's a lot less explicit sex in the books.

:P I kind of expected there must be, because the degree of explicitness we see on screen is a lot higher than I'd expect for a book of this genre.
brutti_ma_buoni
Mar. 8th, 2013 10:08 pm (UTC)
They aren't mostly characters at all. The books are multiple POV in short chapters, so lots of internal monologue from different characters. Exposition in another guise.

Tyrion is always the best, though.
beer_good_foamy
Mar. 9th, 2013 12:39 am (UTC)
*icon*

It's really hard to justify all the sexposition scenes, so I've basically decided not to try. They are what they are, and it's up to any viewer if the ridiculous fanservice is enough to offset the character drama and twisted fantasy clichés. It's all basically this. I'd like to be able to dismiss the whole series, but then there's Tyrion, and Arya, and Daenerys, and the utter cold realism of a man like Ned Stark being reduced to a useful idiot to be sacrificed...
snickfic
Mar. 9th, 2013 04:26 pm (UTC)
Those slaps are so much satisfying in retrospect. I clap much harder now.

That skit is, yes, quite remarkably accurate.

the utter cold realism of a man like Ned Stark being reduced to a useful idiot to be sacrificed...

Indeed. Where in every other fantasy, he'd be the hero saving the kingdom by brute honor alone.
hamsterwoman
Mar. 9th, 2013 03:17 am (UTC)
Joffrey is so perfectly cast in the series. It's actually quite amazing that an actor this young can command this much loathing out of the audience. He is perfect! (Oh, and his younger brother's name is Tommen.)

I kind of do cheer Mirri Maz Duur (the priestess) on. Well, I mean, it's horrible for Drogo, but she very definitely has a point, and her "I should be grateful to you, reall?" scene with Dany was possibly my favorite in s1.

The hillwoman (Wildling) captive at Winterfell is named Osha (though I can't remember how clear the show makes this, heh).

The sexposition (especially the Littlefinger monologue-with-girl-on-girl-porn) is easily the least favorite thing about the show from like every book fan I know. Just so ridiculous and unnecessary...
snickfic
Mar. 9th, 2013 04:29 pm (UTC)
Well, I mean, it's horrible for Drogo, but she very definitely has a point, and her "I should be grateful to you, reall?" scene with Dany was possibly my favorite in s1.

It's a great scene, where it's easy to be totally sympathetic to both sides at once.

Osha! Yes, I like Osha a lot. A lot of this is down to the actress, I think.
hamsterwoman
Mar. 9th, 2013 09:19 pm (UTC)
where it's easy to be totally sympathetic to both sides at once.

This is something George R.R. Martin and ASOIAF excels at in general. The show's been more hit-or-miss for me in this regard, but in that scene it really nailed that effect, yeah.

There were a lot of "it's Tonks!" jokes/reactions when the actress was cast as Osha -- it's still a little weird to me, I must say, though I like her in the role. (She's quite different than I imagined the book character to be -- younger, for one -- but not in a way tha tinterferes with my enjoyment.)

goldenusagi
Mar. 9th, 2013 04:21 am (UTC)
Tyrion remains the best. He really gets to shine in S2, when everyone else seems to be running around without a care, and he's the one thinking and scheming and being a tactician. He's a much better Hand of the King than Ned was, let's put it that way.

Forget what I said about being unmerciful to Joffrey. NO MERCY.

Yeah, he's horrible. Really, truly horrible. Becoming king just makes it worse because now he has absolute power.

My gosh, though, what becomes of Drogo is horrible.

Pretty much. You know, and maybe I'm the only one who thinks this, but to me, Drogo was never much of a character in his own right? He always seemed like an extension of Daenerys, or more particularly, Daenerys' story. He was treated with the two-dimensionalness that the generic female love interest of the hero often is in stories. He's warrior, and... what? And he's is basically fridged to serve her story. She rises out of the ashes of his death.
snickfic
Mar. 9th, 2013 04:33 pm (UTC)
He's a much better Hand of the King than Ned was, let's put it that way.

I'm not the least surprised. Ned was honorable, yes, but otherwise he was quite ill-suited to being the Hand. Whereas Tyrion is very clever and very observant and holds few enough illusions to see him clearly through the morass of capital politics.

Drogo was never much of a character in his own right? He always seemed like an extension of Daenerys, or more particularly, Daenerys' story.

It's true. I wondered why he chose to marry her at all. Did the thought of a foreignborn princess appeal? Had he heard about her pretty white hair? Because their marriage isn't about him at all.

Granted, I'd be a little bit more gleeful about a guy getting fridged to serve a girl's story if he weren't also the most significant character of color in the show. :P
ever_neutral
Mar. 9th, 2013 07:39 am (UTC)
SO MUCH BORING SEX.

DRAGONS.
Same.
snickfic
Mar. 9th, 2013 04:33 pm (UTC)
DRAGONS.
eilowyn
Mar. 9th, 2013 08:28 am (UTC)
Sansa and Arya are my favorite sisters after Buffy and Dawn. I love how different they are and how much they compliment each other.

Danaerys in season 1 is a fascinating story about empowerment, but you really do feel for the witch because she has such a valid point. It's about Dany being a protagonist with a protagonist's privilege, so we side with her. She's the character we've spent all this time relating to.

The wildling who takes up with Bran is named Osha. She's familiar because she played Tonks in the Harry Potter movies. She's pretty cool in both.

Incest is bad unless its between characters on CW shows.

I just watched season 2 with my parents, and they'd get all stuffy when the exposition whore was around. I just shrug and say "It's HBO. They'd get cancelled if they didn't have enough sex and violence."

The Wall is a great story all the way through the books, and Sam is one of my favorite characters. Varys is another favorite because he's so perfectly constructed and exactly what I imagined when I first read the books.
snickfic
Mar. 11th, 2013 04:14 pm (UTC)
I've never seen any of the HP movies with Tonks in them, so I don't recognize the actress from there. I just like her, basically. :)

Sam is a sweetie. And I do like Varys quite a lot. I mean, not in the "You are an excellent person and an honorable man" sort of way, but in the "I can't wait to see what you do next" sort of way. And he's a survivor, which tends to be a character trait I appreciate. Ditto Littlefinger.
thursdaysisters
Mar. 10th, 2013 02:12 pm (UTC)
I ship John Snow so hard, that actor has the wounded puppy look DOWN
snickfic
Mar. 11th, 2013 04:14 pm (UTC)
It's true. And he gets to use it a lot.
penny_lane_42
Mar. 11th, 2013 04:57 pm (UTC)
Forget what I said about being unmerciful to Joffrey. NO MERCY.

NO MERCY EVER.

I found the whole story between Danaerys and the priestess woman to be fascinating. Of course we feel for Danaerys, but OTOH in any other story (and perhaps this one, too), we'd cheer the priestess on.

Absolutely. The inclusion of Mirri in the story is EXCELLENT and really calls into question protagonist privilege.

It can't be very good sex, or you wouldn't think they'd have time to deliver all this exposition. And then afterwards the ladies stand around naked as if drafts do not exist in this universe while the men continue to exposit. (It's not even good exposition most of the time. It's really quite dull 'Let me explain how I came to me the miserable excuse for a man that I am' exposition.)


HAHAHA AMEN.
snickfic
Mar. 15th, 2013 07:18 pm (UTC)
And Joffrey continues to be THE WORST EVER. Vicious far past the point of political efficaciousness. It's poetic justice for Cersei, I feel, though not really on the rest of his poor kingdom.
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