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« Reply #140 on: May 04, 2011, 11:22:35 AM »
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« Reply #141 on: May 04, 2011, 08:59:33 PM »
FYI, A Song of Ice and Fire draws from the War of Roses, loosely at least.

GRRM said the Wars of the Roses and the Hundred Years' War were his main influences, but that he moved away from that after the first book. I believe.
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« Reply #142 on: May 05, 2011, 08:16:27 AM »
I'm not sure any of his characters were ever 1-1 matches to historical figures, anyways.  Maybe Eddard or Robert were?  It's not like even if you knew the histories extremely well the story would become clear.  I believe he has also stated this was on purpose, to create the characters in a way that allows the reader to guess what will happen based on what they already know and then be surprised when wrong or when it was right but in an unexpected way.

A tactic like that seems doomed to have to fall away from connections to histories.  The more twists he puts in to contradict the history the less connection he has to it.  The influences on characters and houses will always be there, though. ...saving any bizarro plot decisions. :lol

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« Reply #143 on: May 09, 2011, 11:37:23 AM »
Best episode yet imo, albeit exposition-y as fuck.
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« Reply #144 on: May 09, 2011, 12:44:54 PM »
So far they are doing the books proud. And series two getting the green light is great news. Looking forward to seeing Melisandre as I have a thing for "evil" women in red...think Sigourney Weaver when she gets possessed in Ghostbusters 2...
Can't wait for the battle of the Blackwater if series three gets a go.
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« Reply #145 on: May 09, 2011, 01:38:18 PM »
There is a lot of background material for the stories on HBO.com which I found very helpful (since I haven't read the novels).

Yes, episode 4 was amazing.  The imp appears to be in some trouble, which is a shame since I like him a lot thus far.  And I was glad to see the horse lord's new wife bitch-slap her brother.  What a piece of crap he is.

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« Reply #146 on: May 09, 2011, 08:45:58 PM »
Just started watching the show. It's really great so far! I'm looking forward to more and I'm even thinking about reading the books now.
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« Reply #147 on: May 09, 2011, 08:47:07 PM »
There's an actor named Iain. :biggrin:
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« Reply #148 on: May 09, 2011, 08:51:55 PM »
The whole series is ruined for me now, good job.
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« Reply #149 on: May 09, 2011, 08:56:01 PM »
I liked some of the "added" stuff in the series, like that monolouge that the swordmaster gives Jon and Sam and that stuff between Jaime and Jhory

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« Reply #150 on: May 09, 2011, 08:58:28 PM »
The whole series is ruined for me now, good job.

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Edit: Watching the fourth episode now.  When Lord Stark is inquiring into Lord Arryn's death, he makes mention of someone being a eunuch.  I didn't catch the name, who was it?  I would rewind but the video player is taking me back to the very beginning every time I try.
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« Reply #151 on: May 10, 2011, 05:24:58 AM »
Varys, the master of spies.  He's fat and bald and creepy.
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« Reply #152 on: May 10, 2011, 06:26:51 AM »
I wish the series would show more of Daenerys and the Dathraki. I think I find their story most fascinating of all.
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« Reply #153 on: May 10, 2011, 06:35:09 AM »
Dany's stuff is interesting but I'm a fan of Tyrion myself. I also like Jaime after all the character development happens  :lol

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« Reply #154 on: May 10, 2011, 06:38:31 AM »
Yeah Tyrion is great too. I love those Dathraki though, so much more interesting than those stuffy faux Brits of Westeros.
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« Reply #155 on: May 10, 2011, 01:57:25 PM »
Question.

Thinking of buying an Amazon Kindle to do some more reading, and i'll be interested in picking up A Song of Ice and Fire.

I'm a big fan of fantasy and have read roughly 50 percent of LOTR (stopped for some reason) and i'm really enjoying this TV show.

The only problem is, I found that the LOTR novel was ruined due to watching the movies first. I couldn't quite picture the story as Tolkein intended, due to my memories of Elijah Wood and Vitto Mortensen playing the main characters. In fact, all of the stars from the films.

I have a feeling the same could be said watching A Game of Thrones before/during/after reading the novel. Sometimes I think creating pictures out of books really can do serious damage to the authors work. I have no doubt AGOT is loyal to the books, but will it ruin the experience?
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« Reply #156 on: May 10, 2011, 03:17:02 PM »
It'll destroy the shock value of the events later in the series.

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« Reply #157 on: May 10, 2011, 03:28:07 PM »
Ratings are going up week by week.  Huzzah!
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« Reply #158 on: May 10, 2011, 05:14:18 PM »
I don't think reading the books would hinder your enjoyment of the tv series, aside from what XJ said about spoiling all of the plot twists to come.  Books are always the best form of storytelling in my opinion, and while this tv series is fantastic, the books are way better of course- so read them!  :lol  My biggest issue with the LOTR movies v. the books was how drastically some characters differed in their appearance and portrayal.  I have not had that problem with GOT, the casting has been ridiculously perfect and pretty much every character appears and behaves almost exactly as I pictured them from the books.  Jamie & Joffrey's hair should be longer, Ned's should be a bit darker, Robert should be a bit taller and Tyrion could use a goatee or something.  That's about it! 

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« Reply #159 on: May 10, 2011, 05:17:57 PM »
I always imagined Hodor to be a gigantic bald guy.  I got a shock in the last episode!  I also pronounced his name wrong  :loser:
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« Reply #160 on: May 10, 2011, 05:21:59 PM »
 :lol  I always pictured Hodor as that guy from Coach who played Tom Cullen in the old The Stand miniseries (and Marshall's dad on How I Met Your Mother).

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« Reply #162 on: May 11, 2011, 09:01:02 AM »

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« Reply #163 on: May 14, 2011, 07:49:07 AM »
Just started the first book. My god it is awesome.

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« Reply #164 on: May 14, 2011, 11:34:16 AM »
Just started the first book. My god it is awesome.

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Book-related discussion/spoilers should go in this thread: http://www.dreamtheaterforums.org/boards/index.php?topic=4956.0

We don't want to spoil anything for the watchers.
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« Reply #165 on: May 14, 2011, 11:43:04 AM »
I just started reading the book too. I've only finished the prologue so far but it looks like it's going to be great!
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« Reply #166 on: May 14, 2011, 11:45:10 AM »
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« Reply #167 on: May 14, 2011, 02:11:39 PM »
I'm still kinda confused what happened prior to the shows start, the background story with the crazy king or something? I get that he was the blonde dudes dad and that the blonde dude wants his throne back, and that the "handsome" prince had a hand in it... but thats about all I get haha

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« Reply #168 on: May 14, 2011, 02:14:47 PM »
This is a really nice resource that explains a lot of the back story and family ties.

Edit: It helps if I post the link

http://viewers-guide.hbo.com/game-of-thrones/#!/guide/houses/greyjoy/theon-greyjoy/
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« Reply #169 on: May 14, 2011, 02:20:29 PM »
It feels weird to have to do research to understand a tv show.... lol

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« Reply #170 on: May 14, 2011, 02:29:57 PM »
Here's a basic summary of the backstory you're looking for, Chknptpie.  Spoilers (some of this stuff hasn't been detailed explicitly yet in the TV series, yet) but nothing major.  Safe for non-book readers who want to know more of the backstory:


The Targaryen family ruled the Seven Kingdoms for about 300 years.  The last king was Aerys II, called the "Mad King" because of occasional bouts of madness.  His eldest son, Rhaegar, absconds with Lyanna Stark, Eddard's older sister and Robert Baratheon's betrothed.  

At this point, Brandon Stark, Eddard's oldest brother and betrothed to Catelyn Tully, goes to King's Landing to confront Rhaegar.  Aerys has him and Eddard's father, Rickard, killed, and demands that Jon Arryn turn over his wards Eddard and Robert.  Arryn refuses; he and Robert call his banners.  Eddard marries Catelyn in his brother's place, and musters theirs and his forces.

A bunch of battles are fought between the rebels, led by Robert, and the various Royalist forces that notably don't include those of Tywin Lannister, then the Hand of the King.  At the Battle of the Trident, Robert kills Rhaegar and the Royalist armies more or less dissolve.  Tywin takes King's Landing through deceit and Jaime kills Aerys.

The Queen, with Viserys, had been sent to Dragonstone.  There, she gives birth to Daenerys and dies.  Before the island is captured, Viserys and Daenerys escape across the Narrow Sea and begin their exile.  Robert marries Cersei Lannister after Lyanna dies, and is crowned King.  So basically Viserys feels that he is the rightful King, and that Robert has usurped him and driven him from his home.
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« Reply #171 on: May 14, 2011, 02:34:26 PM »
We need some flashbacks in this show haha thanks for the summary!

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« Reply #172 on: May 14, 2011, 02:49:35 PM »
Just ordered a Kindle, looking forward to getting these books and spoiling the TV show for myself  :lol
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« Reply #173 on: May 14, 2011, 04:47:00 PM »
A bunch of battles are fought between the rebels, led by Robert, and the various Royalist forces that notably don't include those of Tywin Lannister, then the Hand of the King.

He was only the Hand in the show, right? I haven't read the books in a while but I thought that Rossart was the Hand of the King by the end of the rebellion.
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« Reply #174 on: May 14, 2011, 04:53:01 PM »
A bunch of battles are fought between the rebels, led by Robert, and the various Royalist forces that notably don't include those of Tywin Lannister, then the Hand of the King.

He was only the Hand in the show, right? I haven't read the books in a while but I thought that Rossart was the Hand of the King by the end of the rebellion.

I think Aerys went through 4 between Tywin and his death.
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