THIS IS ONLY FOR FOLKS WHOVE READ THE BOOKS AND OR DON’T MIND SPOILERS. IF YOU MIND, WAIT FOR TOMORROW’S SPOILERFREE VERSION.
Winter is coming after the jump
Holy cow. The wall…is the wall. That scale shot is amazing.
I confess, this prologue is one of my two least favourite scenes in Book One, because it’s sort of Jack London Meets Stephen King meets Tolkein. Too much too cold.
Im trying to decide how much I should compare and contrast with the book. I think I’ll keep that to a minimum, because unless it affects the story we are dealing with different media which each require specific tools in storytelling. Hence I’ll not complain too much about the costuming in this scene.
Our first look at the Wights. Eyes are cuhreepy to the max!
Yep…HBO must be using the same credits team that did Carnivale, Rome and Deadwood. This map is THRILLING. I’m gonna have to gang the credits sequence.
Crudlow. I hope it wont take me forever to tell who is who. Its odd that they’ve aged up the kids. I know they had to. But to me Bran is always “almost 9 and almost a man grown”
Yay! First “Winter Is Coming”!
Sean Bean should be heartily glad for Fantasy. He’ll work forever.
Please please please have the conversation about the man passing sentence should wield the sword….YES! That’s Eddard in a nutshell.
Great perspective on the direwolf. Yay! summer! And yay for Jon.
And it’s Ghost!
My first thought was “who IS that dead?” I forgot about Jon Arryn’s death momentarily. Totally unlike the book, but this scene is great exposition for Jaime, Cersei and the Intrigue.
The Winterfell Godswood is beautiful.
I wonder if Catelyn Stark will drive me as nuts in the show as she does in the book.
So far no overt mention of the Stag having killed the direwolf and vice versa. I wonder if it’ll come up when they tell us that the stag is the sigil of house Baratheon.
Yay! Climbing Bran. (my favourite characters are Tyrion, Jon, Bran, Samwell and Daenerys.)
Mark Addy is great at this.
I have to admit, the crypts are better here than I envisioned while reading. Something tells me this won’t be the first time I wish that HBO had done Harry Potter this way.
Yay, Tyrion!! I still wish they’d done a full makeup on him, though.
Both Targaryens are well-cast. Viserys is as slanky as he should be.
Drogo! Stargate: Atlantis REPRESENT!
I guess there’s eyeliner in Khal Drogo’s Khaleesi.
Dang. I know they said the actors were allergic and I’m trying to make my peace with it. But I miss the purple eyes on the Targaryens.
Oh, Sansa. I don’t like you any better in the show. Sorry, little bird.
Speaking of…when do I get a look at Rory McCann?! Dying to see him kitted out as Sandor Clegane.
Good expository conversation with Benjen and Jon. Covers The Wall, the Jon/Catelyn dynamic…
I need to program a macro that says “I love Tyrion”. Because you KNOW i do. That exchange with Jon was so dead on for both characters.
So…informal poll…is Benjen dead or alive?
Second “Winter Is Coming”. Hubby says he sees a drinking game coming on…
Yeah, I always dreamed of talking about my period with the queen. If it were anyone but Sansuhhh I’d feel sorry for her.
Production team has done a fabboooo job.
Oh! I wanted to see the Maester’s chain. Bummer.
Lys a is pronouced like “lie-zuh”. I’ve spent a year calling her lee-sa. This’ll take some getting used to.
Love that albino snake.
This wedding is a lot like mine. We, too, had dancers openly coupling with crazed warriors. Beats shrimp puffs and ice tea all to heck.
And…it’s Rhaegar, Drogon and Viseryan! They could have done a better job on the eggs, though. They look like really big pinecoes here.
Dani’s Silver is gorgeous.
Looks like maybe we are gonna get that great love scene between Drogo and Dany. One of the best sex scenes ever, because it’s unexpected gentleness and discretion transforms Daenerys.
Or maybe not…
Well…I guess if you’re gonna have sex with your sister at Winterfell, doggie style is a way to go.
…and there went Bran.
What!?!? No howling?
Wow. They are hittingnthis one out of the park. Way to bring your A game.