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Game of Thrones!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is the most amazing thing I've seen in...ever, maybe. I've only seen the first two episodes, so please please please don't spoil me. I must have spent half my waking time thinking about it today. The world building, the sets, the characters, it's all so vivid and alive.


1. Pacing - A show this intricate could easily become heavy, but I always felt that every scene lasted exactly as long as it needed to. I like the way they throw out little tidbits for us to worry about and leave them alone. The first scenes of the first episode, with all those dismembered people, were terrifying...and now it's almost like the characters have forgotten about it. The audience hasn't though, so while we're worried about all the political intrigue, there's also this other fear simmering in the back of our minds.

2. Characters - I can't stand a lot of HBO shows because they're about morally reprehensible people in dark settings. Here, though, the setting is dark but the Starks are a genuinely likeable group of characters. I have no doubt that some of them make some less-than-admirable decisions, but I think I'll still be able to understand where they're coming from. I like the way the characters seem so shaded. The king seemed like such an awesome guy when we first met him, but then we saw how casually he ordered the execution of the girl's wolf, and allowed the butcher's boy to be trampled by a horse. The rival king, the one who married his sister off to the scary tribespeople, seems like a disgusting person, but now I wonder if the real king is any better. Also, I really love the queen's brother (the dwarf, not the incestuous one). I have no doubt he's morally ambiguous, but he's so sharp, and he gives such good advice. And his voice is amazing.

3. Intrigue! Oh my god, the intrigue! I am so convinced that Stark's bastard son is actually the queen's dead dark-haired boy. Don't tell me if I'm wrong! The show seems so deliberate about every single line that it's hard for me to believe the queen's whole monologue about her dead son was just a throwaway.


Waiting for Netflix to send the next DVDs is just painful. I wish I could read some fanfic, but I don't want to get spoiled.
I have the same spoiler problem with not wanting to read fanfic! I haven't seen Season 2, and have no legal way to do so, so it may be awhile before I can enjoy any fanfic, boohoo. But MAN is the show good!

I can't stand a lot of HBO shows because they're about morally reprehensible people in dark settings.
YES! I tune out of a movie or a TV show the minute there's no one left who I think is a good (or trying to be good) person. If I wanted to watch a bunch of assholes behave badly, I would just live my life, y'know?

Also, I really love the queen's brother (the dwarf, not the incestuous one). I have no doubt he's morally ambiguous, but he's so sharp, and he gives such good advice. And his voice is amazing.
Tyrion Lanister is my favorite character. Peter Dinklage is a great actor. He just packs so much meaning into every little quip, with his facial expressions, and his voice, and just. Yes.

I am so convinced that Stark's bastard son is actually the queen's dead dark-haired boy.
THIS HAS NEVER OCCURRED TO ME! I am a bit ashamed. I started to read the first book (which I recommend once you finish Season One), and there are so many named characters that I can't keep track of them, BUT he does some really interesting things with intertwining little clues about this or that minor character if you're paying attention. Good plotin'.

Waiting for Netflix to send the next DVDs is just painful. I can't imagine how people do it who watch as it's airing, having to wait a whole week.
The Stark kids, in particular, make even more sense when you consider that they're younger in the books than they're portrayed in the show. (At the opening of Book 1, Arya is 8 and Sansa is 11.) They age up the crew without maturing them and I think it shows, sometimes!

Do you want to know the book fandom's theory on Stark's bastard/Jon? *waggles eyebrows*
My advice? Read the books. Not because they're such amazing masterpieces (they're not...they're perfectly fine, but Martin's writing gets a bit repetitive for my taste), but because if you don't, you will be spoiled as to huge upcoming events on the tv show within five minutes of dipping your toe into the fanfic waters. This fandom is worse for spoilers than any other one I've ever been in, honestly.

That out of the way, yes the show is totally awesome and I'm happy you're enjoying it! The moral ambiguity of pretty much all the characters is one of the best things about the series, really, and it only gets better as you go along...characters you hate at the beginning will become loveable favorites, and the ones you thought you were the good guys might end up losing your love due to some spectacularly awful choices.

Plus the tv show is full of hot people. /shallow...
The show is pretty good! I can heartily recommend it. Tyrion - that's the dwarf - gets a lot of love in fandom and you'll see why as the show goes on. Season two kicks it up a notch as well.

I shan't spoil you, but I do second the reading the books suggestion. The first three books are quite good while four and five are a bit more blah, but still. It gives a lot of background to what's going on in the show and you'll be prepared for certain events. (And it explains while half the fandom went OH FUCK at the Rains of Castamere song appearing in season two seemingly casually.)