We’re halfway through HBO’s Game of Thrones season 6 – the season that’s gotten ahead of the books. It seems like a good time to check in, about whether things happening are from the books, might be in the books, are totally different from what we think is going to happen in the books…
The way that made sense to me to organize a bit geographically. It feels like all the action is going to one day end up all in one place, but we’re not there yet. And people have moved all over the place from when they almost all started in Winterfell way back when.
Brace yourselves. Spoilers below!
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Tagged A Song of Ice and Fire, Daenerys, Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin, HBO, Hodor, Jon Snow, The Door, Westeros
It’s happened, the thing that I feel like most fans predicted when the show began. Game of Thrones, the HBO show returning this weekend, has out-paced A Song of Ice and Fire, the book series it is (was) based on. It’s become a meme, practically, of things that George R.R. Martin is doing rather than writing… but even if the next book were coming out next month, it would be too late for the show!
I haven’t looked this up, since I doubt anyone has a solid answer on it anyway… how much of this season is based on what will end up in the books? And how much is just building off of what came before? On the one hand, I feel like they must be privy to at least broad strokes. On the other hand, it felt like they went completely off the rails last season – and that was a season with books out to back it up!
I also haven’t really watched the trailers. I just haven’t been as excited. But there are trailers… so how about one of those? And then some spoilers and wild speculation after the jump!
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Tagged A Song of Ice and Fire, Arya Stark, Azor Ahai, Daenerys, Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin, HBO, Jon Snow, Melisandre, Tyrion Lannister, Westeros
Yesterday Holly gave some thoughts after the end of Game of Thrones Season 4. Like her, I have read the books and watched the show and wanted to share something I loved, and something I didn’t, from the season. It’s interesting to think about, because it’s a book that has been split into two seasons – and it’s working its way towards two books that split up and became two books simultaneously. At this point, the show really has a life of its own and a pacing of its own… which can be good and bad.
For one thing, it’s good because it gives us characters like Oberyn Martell. On the other hand, it’s bad because to avoid introducing too many new characters, it left out a scene I think is important. To say more would be spoilers, so let’s head on to spoiler-land below!
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Tagged A Song of Ice and Fire, A Storm of Swords, Balon Greyjoy, Book versus Show, Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin, Melisandre, Oberyn Martell, Tumblr
Obviously the season 4 of Game of Thrones has just ended and I am still excited about the show. We had some amazing moments with Arya and the Hound. I love the story of Brienne because she is just an amazing character. The antics on the wall just continues the craziness that is happening and just proves that Winter is Coming. Now there were a lot of things that I loved about this season and a couple things that I was not entirely happy with. Now I have read the books so my opinions are definitely biased by my experience of reading the books. Two scenes that I want to explore in this post are Tyrion’s trial and the Tyrion’s final scene of the season. These scenes in particular show a difference between how they showed things in the book and how things have been shown in the show. One I think is better than the book and the other one does not have the same weight as it does in the book and was even slightly disappointing to me. (Spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 4 after the jump.) Continue reading
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Tagged Book versus Show, comparative opinions, Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin, Jaime Lannister, Lannisters, Prince Oberyn, Storm of Swords, Tyrion Lannister, Tywin Lannister
We haven’t done much with Game of Thrones in a while, but with the show returning early next month, the excitement is filling us again. As such, it’s time to look at a few of the characters, and be thinking about what’s up with them, both in what has already happened in the show, and then into the future from the books.
Today I wanted to talk about Jon Snow. While all of George R.R. Martin’s characters are strong, have their own motivations and plans, some see more development than others. And this may be more true for Jon Snow than for anyone else. As the bastard brother living in the shadow of future lords and kings, he was young, naive, and had no real prospects at the beginning of the tale. From there, he becomes our main eyes in the north, the one who really learns what is going on in this world.
Alright, I’ve been trying to avoid spoilers for the most part, but from here there be spoilers. I’ll move chronologically so if you find yourself reaching the point where you’re caught up… read beyond that at your own risk!
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Tagged A Song of Ice and Fire, Azor Ahai, Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin, House Targaryen, Jon Snow, Ned Stark, Night's Watch, The Wall, White Walkers, Wildlings, Ygritte