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Game of Thrones -- Series Premiere -- "Winter is Coming" -- 4/17/11

Old 04-16-11, 02:08 PM
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Game of Thrones -- Series Premiere -- "Winter is Coming" -- 4/17/11

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Synopsis:

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In the premiere of this adaptation of author George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" medieval fantasies, King Robert Baratheon journeys north to offer Lord Ned Stark an important position in his court after the death of a trusted mentor. Meanwhile, the exiled Prince Viserys Targaryen uses his sister, Daenerys, as a pawn in his plot to return to power.


10 episode 1st season

Thought I would get a head start and do the actual episode thread since this is such a highly anticipated series.

If you still want to look at all the pre-show hype, here's Sven's thread that has been floating around for the last few weeks.

http://forum.dvdtalk.com/tv-talk/489...ng-2011-a.html

A few trailers:

<iframe title="YouTube video player" width="640" height="390" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/BpJYNVhGf1s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

<iframe title="YouTube video player" width="640" height="390" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/5PxLidxnAE8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

I have HBO, can't wait. This is going to look great in HD.

There are many re-airs and this will also be available on HBO On Demand and HBO Go.

Edit: As SuperDeluxe just pointed out, here is te HBO Viewers Guide for the show with a Map and Information on the Houses:

http://viewers-guide.hbo.com/game-of-thrones/

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Re: Game of Thrones -- Series Premiere -- "Winter is Coming" -- 4/17/11

I didn't have a real option in the poll, I signed up for cable and HBO for this, but it's a two year special, so I won't cancel when it's done. (only cost like 7$ more a month over internet/phone bill, so it was a pretty easy decision).

Can't wait for Sunday.
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Re: Game of Thrones -- Series Premiere -- "Winter is Coming" -- 4/17/11

Been waiting a long time for this show. Glad it's finally here!
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Re: Game of Thrones -- Series Premiere -- "Winter is Coming" -- 4/17/11

Probably my most anticipated TV show ever.
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Re: Game of Thrones -- Series Premiere -- "Winter is Coming" -- 4/17/11

I just found out about this yesterday. I get HBO so I'll check it out, the previews looked fairly interesting.
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No idea what to expect, but a lot here seem to be really excited for it, and it's HBO, so I'll check it out.
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Re: Game of Thrones -- Series Premiere -- "Winter is Coming" -- 4/17/11

I've been meaning to read Ice and Fire for a while, but never got around to it. I tried an hour or so of the Games of Thrones audiobook last week, but couldn't really get into it. Partly that was due to the narrator and also I think because of the writing style combined with unfamiliar nouns and terminology. I think I'll give the series a shot and then give the audiobook another go if I like it.
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Re: Game of Thrones -- Series Premiere -- "Winter is Coming" -- 4/17/11

Originally Posted by wmansir View Post
I've been meaning to read Ice and Fire for a while, but never got around to it. I tried an hour or so of the Games of Thrones audiobook last week, but couldn't really get into it. Partly that was due to the narrator and also I think because of the writing style combined with unfamiliar nouns and terminology. I think I'll give the series a shot and then give the audiobook another go if I like it.
Yeah, I have the books, which I read first, and the audiobooks as well. I can imagine it would be difficult to catch on to a lot of details and relationships for someone listening to the audiobook version first. You really need to be able to flip back and forth to the appendices and family trees until you learn who everyone is and how they're related.

Roy Dotrice is an excellent narrator for the audiobooks though, and a fan favorite. He was originally cast as Maester Pycelle but unfortunately had to drop out due to health reasons.
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Re: Game of Thrones -- Series Premiere -- "Winter is Coming" -- 4/17/11

Looks promising. Hopefully it's not a shitfest like Camelot.
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We already had HBO, and won't be cancelling afterwards, True Blood starts up right after GoT winds down.

Definitely my most anticipated tv series ever.
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Re: Game of Thrones -- Series Premiere -- "Winter is Coming" -- 4/17/11

Here is HBO's interactive MAP and viewers guide (List of the Houses)

http://viewers-guide.hbo.com/game-of-thrones/

I love the interactive map..it works just like google maps, you can zoom in and out and click on 'flags' for more info about what you are looking at.

The Houses have the family trees, with tidbits of info on the main characters.

DJ, if you would please update the first post with this link?
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Re: Game of Thrones -- Series Premiere -- "Winter is Coming" -- 4/17/11

Originally Posted by superdeluxe View Post
Here is HBO's interactive MAP and viewers guide (List of the Houses)

http://viewers-guide.hbo.com/game-of-thrones/

I love the interactive map..it works just like google maps, you can zoom in and out and click on 'flags' for more info about what you are looking at.

The Houses have the family trees, with tidbits of info on the main characters.

DJ, if you would please update the first post with this link?
Thanks, not a problem.
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Re: Game of Thrones -- Series Premiere -- "Winter is Coming" -- 4/17/11

Originally Posted by malichai View Post
Probably my most anticipated TV show ever.
Same here.

Can't. Fucking. Wait.
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Re: Game of Thrones -- Series Premiere -- "Winter is Coming" -- 4/17/11

Originally Posted by DJariya View Post
If you still want to look at all the pre-show hype, here's Sven's thread that has been floating around for the last few weeks.
You mean years.
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Re: Game of Thrones -- Series Premiere -- "Winter is Coming" -- 4/17/11

Got about two hundred pages into this book and then set it down for a while and couldn't get back into it because I had forgotten so much. I am hoping the season premiere ends at a familiar point where I can feel refreshed on the story and proceed to DVR the rest while I finish the book.

I am guessing
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it will end with the young kid falling after eavesdropping on the queen and her lover.
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I am eagerly anticipating this, and the 15 minute preview looked fantastic. I just have a love hate relationship with Martin right now. I love these books, but the five years between books 3 and 4 and then five more years between 4 and 5 have really strained Martin's credibility with me.
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Re: Game of Thrones -- Series Premiere -- "Winter is Coming" -- 4/17/11

I'm torn on this, but will wait until I see it to really make a decision. I usually hate shows like this (Camelot, Spartacus) but it seems like this will have significant character development, which is good. I think it's really the time period which I don't like, so hopefully this is the exception to the rule.
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Re: Game of Thrones -- Series Premiere -- "Winter is Coming" -- 4/17/11

Not sure if this was mentioned, HBO suggested on Twitter that you tune in 15 minutes early for "a very special pre-show." So don't miss that.

Pretty pysched about this one. I'm about 40 pages into the first book and not usually into "fantasy" stuff but this looks pretty good. Plus we don't have much else on our season pass right now.

To answer the poll, we're constant HBO subscribers, primarily for the original programs.
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Re: Game of Thrones -- Series Premiere -- "Winter is Coming" -- 4/17/11

What happens when HBO finishes up with the current books and Martin hasn't released the next one?
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I'm a regular HBO subscriber, but I'm not in the can't wait camp.
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Re: Game of Thrones -- Series Premiere -- "Winter is Coming" -- 4/17/11

I think it's a free HBO weekend. I'll be happy to check out this series!
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Yep, free HBO weekend!! So I'll be able to check this out and see if its worth the sub.
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Re: Game of Thrones -- Series Premiere -- "Winter is Coming" -- 4/17/11

I'd never even heard of Lord of the Rings when I saw the first movie (just went in blind). Was blown away by that. Left the theater and still kind of tingled with excitement about what I'd just seen. I wondered where the story would go, etc. I also liked the Rome miniseries and Spartacus. But things like "Camelot" always seem to leave me cold. I've yet to see a telling of Arthurian legend that excites me (as opposed to just something to watch). I do like The Borgias. I have a feeling Game of Thrones will be engrossing, but I look forward to finding out -- hopefully without the book readers dropping spoilers willy nilly with no regard for the people who haven't read the books.

I've been perusing the map HBO put together to help navigate the epansive landscape of the story. Kudos to them for that viewer assist. I suspect I'll return to it often.
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Re: Game of Thrones -- Series Premiere -- "Winter is Coming" -- 4/17/11

I've got my elvish dictionary and orc costume at the ready! Can't wait!
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Re: Game of Thrones -- Series Premiere -- "Winter is Coming" -- 4/17/11

Couldn't find free HBO on my comcast and feeling poor so will wait for BD. Maybe I'll have read a book or two by then.

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