Only a few more episodes to go in the AGoT season and I have to congratulate HBO. The series is probably one of if not the best book adaptations I've ever seen. All the truly important stuff is there. The key quotes, the key plot developments. Albeit there have been a few liberties in a few areas that really annoyed me but for the most part they've done a great job. I love the new additions. I think the writers have created some brilliant moments that were never in the books yet really elaborate on the action, assist with the flow of the plot, build up to future scenes and truly enhance the characters.
As I watch the series it is interesting to see some of the characters I never cared too much about winning me over. In particular, Ser Barristan Selmy, Ser Jorah Mormont, Bronn, Jory Cassel (RIP - too short a part), Gendry and of course my fav little boy toy Lancel Lannister. It's making my reread of the series a heck of a lot more interesting. I forgot all the stuff that happens to these characters. Geez, it just goes to show how thorough GRRM was in fleshing out his minor characters. Speaking of minor characters, I can't wait to see Pod and Shae. They should show up soon :)
Episode seven was great in that Jon Snow was back FINALLY. I love early Jon because he still has such dumbass teenage angst moments…still whining when he doesn’t get his way. So smart but yet so very stupid. It so runs in that family. *raises eyebrow* Except for Arya, nat. The Night’s Watch vows ceremony was just gahhhh *tears flowing* better than the book *reaches for tissue*. There is just not enough time spent at The Wall. Ahh well *cough* book three* cough*
Tywin Lannister made his first appearance and he was exactly as he should be..ruthless, rigid and cold. It was an absolutely perfect added on scene that captured his intimidating character so well I almost wish it was in the book. I don’t think we ever see Tywin from Jaime’s POV. I’m so used to hearing and dealing with Tyrion’s loathing and fearing of his father - a Tyrion/Tywin scene would have been the easy way out. To watch Jaime be the one on the end of a Tywin tirade was a great twist. It made me feel sorry for Jaime and certainly helped justify all of Tyrion’s complaints about his daddy. Let’s just say I’m glad he wasn’t my father.
Arguably the best episode for Khal Drogo…Jason managed to take a foreign language that didn’t really exist until they created it for the series and made it sound 100% credible in this episode. You didn’t need the translation – you knew EXACTLY what he meant. Some intense moments there…I always loved when Drogo referred to the Iron Throne as the “Iron Chair” *giggles* You really believe the man – if he wants something you know he’ll get. ‘Nuff said. Geez, I wish he could meet Arya.
Unfortunately however we were made to suffer through the WORST scene ever on AGOT this season
aside from Theon Greyjoy nudity = the dreaded Littlefinger brothel moment. Did I say moment? That crap ass scene lasted more than five minutes…UGGHH .I actually had to walk out on it. I get it…the Cat backstory…didn’t HBO already reveal the details. Aside from providing an opportunity to allow for the girl on girl stuff (and hence the ratings) this really wasn’t necessary. And even then it wasn’t necessary…. I suppose Lord Baelish had to have his moment but honestly Varys>Littlefinger. Of course you knew I had it in for him the minute he took Sandor’s story from him.
And then there is Ned. Really. I love you. I love your morality and honesty. But for a man who was aptly capable of participating in and surviving a dramatic rebellion and who then proceeded to rule successfully in Winterfell for all these year , when did you become so completely oblivious to the machinations that are going on in the world around you? When Ned told Cersei of his discovery (and in the book it is even more frustrating I might add) I honestly wanted to throw something at the tv. NED WAKE UP. Did you seriously think this woman, the same one who was more than willing to kill your innocent 10
8 year old son to ensure her own safety, would just sit back idly and do what you request. Oh vey. And then, if he didn't already botch it up enough, Renly gives him an out (NO NOT THAT KIND OF OUT), offers him support, and a half decent plan to keep the kingdom in order, what does Ned do? He just walks away...because of his honour and his duty. *headdesk* *facepalm* I give up...Cersei...do what you will. The man is a lost cause. Get me Sandor, Tyrion and a flagon of ale...this is gonna turn ugly REAL fast.
Let's at least end this one on a high note...the highlight of ep seven...
Note to self: Jon Snow begging you to join him in the Godswood > Sandor + Tyrion + several Flagons of Ale ...err, well, is Lancel serving that ale?? *ponders this*