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
Happy Mother’s Day to two mothers of kings: Catelyn Stark (née Tully) and Cersei Baratheon (née Lannister.)
It would be relatively easy to compare these two powerfully political women by pointing out the similarities in Robb Stark and Joffrey Baratheon (and there are many) but this is a post about mothers, not sons.
The pair do share many similarities separate from whom their royal sons were.
- Both were the eldest in their family, and both suffered the tragedy of their respective mothers dying during childbirth.
- Both were married off as part of political alliances, and neither married the man they originally expected to.
- Both of those marriages were initiated by Robert Baratheon’s rebellion (just one was at the start of the conflict, and one at the end.)
- Both had to suffer the indignity of an acknowledged unfaithful husband. Ned Stark only claimed one illegitimate child, but he kept bastard Jon Snow close at hand, a constant reminder. Robert Baratheon never had any of his bastard children attend court, but he had a lot of them. So it kind of balances out on the humiliation scale.
Tyrion Just Can’t Catch a Break.
- Both women were quick to have Tyrion Lannister arrested under the accusation of his causing harm to a beloved son.
- Both saw their royal sons murdered. (I can’t not mention that, even though I was mostly trying to stay away from Robb and Joff.)
- Both (from the show’s perspective) sent Jaime Lannister off to secure the release of daughters. (Okay, daughter, singular, in Cersei’s case.)
It’s fun to make lists, but it doesn’t really illustrate the nature of the women, and since this is a Mother’s Day post, some talk of their mothering nature should be discussed.
David and I love Game of Thrones we have read the books and watched the entire series so far. Now we are about to go into Season 5 of the show, which is basically going to catch up to the book. There have already been a lot of the scenes from the books that have played out amazingly on screen and then there are other stories that have been expanded or changed due to the direction the show has needed to go. There are a lot of things coming up in season 5 that David and I are looking forward to. There are a few things though that we are really excited about that are going to happen during season 5. Continue reading
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
I was trying to decide what I wanted to do for my A to Z post for C and since I did Cersei earlier, and Game of Thrones will be starting on Sunday I will do the other C character from that show Catelyn Stark or Cat. Cat is the opposite of Cersei in so many ways, which makes her an interesting contrast to talk about. She has always been the dutiful wife and the loving mother, understanding what her place is in the world as a woman. At the same time she does not seem to have ideas of grand positions, she always just wants to keep her family safe. At the same time she does have designs for her children that probably did not help the situation, as can be seen by the fact that in general the Stark’s do not end up so well in this series overall. (Definite Spoilers for Game of Thrones after the jump)