The graphic sex and violence is also in the books, so HBO does not exaggerate too much.
PS: I am almost done with book #4 now and I have to say, although some of the stories are interesting to follow, it was a significant change of pace from book #2 and #3. I will probably take a break and read something else now, before starting with #5.
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03-12-2011, 18:48 #114
He seems so knowledgable about medieval society, and the way the politics works.
04-12-2011, 11:32 #115
Just enjoy the series for the great story, good acting, and great characters.
Do you need to have read the books? No, not at all. I actually started reading the books after seeing the first season, that won me over. Much as with lord of the rings, the large amount of characters can be a bit overwhelming at first, but you'll get used to it soon enough. The books also provide a handy list of all the families on the last few pages, which helps, but watch a few episodes and you'll soon catch up.
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09-12-2011, 03:02 #116
I went through the whole series in one go. I enjoyed it well enough and I'll check out season 2. I read up on the series after, and . . .
Spoilerits a bit of a turn off to know no real resolution is likely coming to, well, anything shown in season 1.
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09-12-2011, 13:38 #117
The series isn't really about resolving problems or happy endings. The writer takes the characters where ever he feels the journey should take them. But it's not like Lost, where a ton of things are left unanswered. There are however lots of mysteries which keep popping up during the later books. One of those mysteries is:
The matter of Jon Snow's mother, and why Ned Stark bedded another woman when he clearly loved Cathelyn, and is a man of honor. I'm reading book 3 right now, and while often mentioned, it is still not resolved.
But there are some resolutions by the end of the first season, such as (only read this after seeing the last episode):
Daenerys becoming the mother of dragons, Ned Stark dying, Robb going to war and becoming the King in the North, Arya escaping King's Landing and heading off along with her new companion, Jon Snow departing into the wilderness beyond the Wall, Tyrion becoming the new Hand of the King and falling in love again, Tyrion revealing he was not responsible for trying to kill Bran, Bran waking up and not remembering anything of what happened.
(^ Every spoiler regarding season 1, be warned!)
Sure, all these "resolutions" lead straight into a whole new journey, and don't actually put an end to any of the storylines. But I think you'll find quite a lot of the point of view characters have a long journey that spreads across multiple books. Questions are answered, but also lead to new stories.
I believe that the writer does have an idea how the story should eventually end, but he still has two books to write. It will all have to come to a satisfying close in the final book.
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09-12-2011, 14:50 #118
Warner Home Entertainment has announced they will release the DVD & BluRay box of season 1 on the 6th of March 2012.
The bad news is that there probably won't be a German BluRay box, which I would prefer, because I wanted to share it with family and friends, who do not comprehend the original version. The "Ultimate Watchmen box" all over again, thx WHE
09-12-2011, 16:26 #119SpoilerIf you're on book 3, then you've had about all the clues you're going to get (well, through book 5) wrt Jon's mother. The (horribly leading) clues are thus:
- Lyanna was apparently kidnapped by Rhaegar as the event that lead to the rebellion.
- Shortly thereafter, Ned's brother and father were killed demanding her return.
- After that, Ned marries Catelyn and knocks her up.
- He goes on to win the war over the next nine months or so.
- At the end of the war, he comes to the Tower of Joy.
- There he is surprised to find 3 of the kingsguard, apparently guarding a prisoner instead of the king or Rhaegar at a time when both are in mortal peril and in fact have now been killed.
- They fight to the death - all 3 kingsguard are killed, of Ned's six allies only Reed survives.
- Inside the tower they find Lyanna, dying in a bed of blood.
- She asks Ned to promise her something. He does.
- Ned returns to Winterfell with a baby boy he claims as his bastard, the same age as Robb.
And the conclusion is this:
SpoilerJon Snow is the child of Rheagar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark (who probably eloped willingly rather then being kidnapped - read up on "Knight of the Laughing Tree" and "Queen of Truth and Beauty"). Given the presence of the kingsguard, Rheagar may even have secretly married Lyanna or legitimatized Jon, which would make him king. And given what Robert had done to the other Targaryens he found, it would be a reasonable dying request for Ned to hide his heritage... and it would also be a treason and lifelong lie that Ned might feel stains his honor more then actually having a bastard.
Only one person survives who would know firsthand if this were true: Howland Reed.
14-12-2011, 12:54 #120