A Game of Thrones...the first 15, err, 14 minutes...

Gee I bet after my review of The Borgias you are so excited to see my review of the first 15 minutes of A Game of Thrones...LOL. Don’t worry, it won’t be that long. Let me start by saying WTF…that was 14 NOT 15 minutes. Why? Why? Couldn’t you give me one minute more??? I wanted the direwolf scene. Oh well…I guess I’ll just have to wait…

My first thought was oh dear…the scene with the White Walkers. I know you need the thriller to open it up and get everyone excited but honestly, unless the series deviates from the novel, this scene is going to be misleading for those who haven’t read the books. Don’t get me wrong, the scene was just as it should be…eerie, haunting and leaves you begging for more. The only problem is that I fear most newbs will think that the supernatural elements of the story are the very predominant. They aren’t…they fade into the background. Although they are part of the series they are not the focus…at least not yet. Perhaps that is the whole intention...suck people in with the supernatural and then get them hooked with the great storytelling that follows. Still just watching that scene gave me shivers…and the actor who played Ser Waymar Royce really milked his 5 minutes of fame...LOL

And then we move to Winterfell…and the Starks. Oh geez…I love this family and there they are, just like I imagined. Ned Stark = Sean Bean. I think I’ve stated it before but I must reiterate – the man could read the telephone book and I’d pay to hear it so when he finally delivers the requisite “Winter is Coming” for me it becomes a pinnacle moment in television history. *crying tears of joy* Too early to get a feel for the actors playing Robb, Catelyn, Sansa, Arya, Bran, and Jon but no objections just yet.

Yes some scenes were added and a few were mildly changed…in both cases the changes were arguably for the better. I do miss the Theon Greyjoy head-kicking scene but I’m certain Theon’s true nature will be revealed at some point in the series. No need to do that just yet. This is the time to focus on the primary characters and it looks like that is what they will be establishing early on.

I guess it is a little premature to make the call but I like it so far. From the looks of it, it certainly shouldn’t offend the purists – they are bang on in the adaptation. I just hope it will attract and retain the newbs. It is a very complex plot featuring a rather large cast of characters which may be difficult for some to follow – maybe not so much in the first season but, should we be so lucky, in future seasons. I have faith in HBO, that they will do ASOIAF justice. Better this than a two hour, low budget, movie adaptation.  The reviews are promising and most importantly the reviews from the actual fans who have both seen the preview screeners and read the books have all been positive. I’m rather curious to see the reactions of people who haven’t read the books and people who aren’t fans of the fantasy genre. 11 days to go…

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Sean Bean. I think I’ve stated it before but I must reiterate – the man could read the telephone book and I’d pay to hear it

ikr....Let's just pause and remember him as Odysseus...

Men are haunted by the vastness of eternity. And so we ask ourselves: will our actions echo across the centuries? Will strangers hear our names long after we are gone, and wonder who we were, how bravely we fought, how fiercely we loved?

f they ever tell my story let them say that I walked with giants. Men rise and fall like the winter wheat, but these names will never die. Let them say I lived in the time of Hector, tamer of horses. Let them say I lived in the time of Achilles.