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‘Nothing Matters But How It Ends!!’ The Fabulous New 22-Minute Promo For Season Two Of HBO's GAME OF THRONES!!

I am – Hercules!!

TV has suddenly gotten great again, with “Downton Abbey,” “Mad Men” and “Game of Thrones” to remind us of the days when great hourlongs like “Buffy” and “West Wing” and “Alias” and “The Wire” ruled the airwaves.

I could scarcely be more excited about the arrival of the “Thrones” second season eight days hence, and then HBO gives us this:

April 1, baby.

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  • March 24, 2012, 3:40 a.m. CST

    FOR STANNIS!

    by Crow3711

    They will bend the knee, or I will destroy them.

  • March 24, 2012, 3:43 a.m. CST

    will there be more barbarian dirty talk?

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    that shit was funny

  • March 24, 2012, 4:08 a.m. CST

    Fact: Best show ever put onto Television

    by happybunni

    I'm going to classify it as my favorite show of all time. I just recently re-watched it and it was even better than I remember, which is insane because I remember it being crazy awesome!

  • March 24, 2012, 4:16 a.m. CST

    Downton Abbey? Really?

    by Grando

    That shit isn't worthy of being in the same breath as GoT. You Yanks love that crap for some reason.....

  • March 24, 2012, 5 a.m. CST

    buffy and alias?

    by JAMF

    pftthahaha heee heee hooo hooo haaaa haaaaa

  • March 24, 2012, 5:09 a.m. CST

    Oh man, I am jazzed for this too

    by Frisco

    Here's a *fantastic* fan-assembled reintroduction to many of the notable figures of the first season: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfCpJtMeM0o&list=PL7CDCFF4AA6D56FFE . Between that and the 22 minute video that Hercules links above I am ready for the show to get going again. Among the many things that I'm looking forward to this season will be seeing how Tyrion handles those crafty buggers on the King's council.

  • March 24, 2012, 6:09 a.m. CST

    It's quite good, but people really feel it's the best they've ever seen?

    by SiouxCitySarsaparilla

    Not saying it doesn't have potential, sure it does, but I'm a little surprised to see folk already saying it supplants their favourite shows of all time. And not because I have a horse in the race. I'd be curious to know, the fans that say this is already the best ever, what did you relegate to number two, and how many years did it run? Obviously there's no right or wrong opinion when it comes to what you enjoy. Looking forward to season two myself. I thought Boardwalk Empire improved a lot for its second run, so if Game of Thrones hits full maturity too, it'll be a treat I'm sure. For me, the best HBO series to date were Deadwood, The Sopranos, and The Wire. On network TV, I liked LOST. If we include shows that had short runs, Twin Peaks, My So Called Life, and Freaks and Geeks all prove that greatness is possible from the get-go. I'll leave sitcoms for another thread. Where do people feel Mad Men and Breaking Bad will settle once they finish their run? I think maybe there are two discussions to be had. How much the world a series creates appeals to you, and how well the show executes its potential over a sustained run. The all time greats start strong and have room to improve in the middle seasons. Not everything makes it, and something like My So Called Life might even be perfect for only having that short run, because it sort of captures how temporary and wonderful it can be, being that age, before you start to identify with the adults.

  • March 24, 2012, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Did Herc just put "Buffy?!?!?!?" on the same level as 'The Wire'?????

    by Kai_Mah'gra

  • March 24, 2012, 7:27 a.m. CST

    Boardwalk Empire = best show ever. GOT ... close second.

    by Behemoth

    FACToid.

  • March 24, 2012, 7:28 a.m. CST

    Can't wait!

    by elsewhere

    And damn I miss that lovable asshole Viserys.

  • Put the pipe down Herc and come back to us. It's too much to throw your life away for.

  • BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA And just so it's clear.... I'm laughing at the 'Buffy' as a 'great hourlong' part.

  • Please, put a band-aid on that wounded pride and another on your vagina. Jesus, the man didn't piss on your mom. For the record, Lost is the best show ever, GoT is the best on TV CURRENTLY, and Downton Abbey is like being a kid in a candy store: it gives you a toothache because it's so sweet, but damn if it isn't glorious.

  • March 24, 2012, 7:41 a.m. CST

    Have to stick up for Herc about Buffy

    by Rob Jenson

    It truly was a great show, up there with the best. It packed more heart, entertainment, excellent writing and genre awesomeness than just about any other show, ever. For me it's up there with LOST.

  • March 24, 2012, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Emilia Clarke is freakin' hot!!!!

    by Kai_Mah'gra

    Especially as a brunette as she is in real life rather than in her white Targaeryan locks as Daenerys

  • March 24, 2012, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Do yourself a favor...

    by Doc Savage

    ...and check out the audiobook of Game of Thrones series. This is THE way to experience this series. Peter Dinklage is awesome as Tyrion, but once you hear Roy Dotrice narrate this story, especially his portrayal of Tyrion, everything else pales by comparison.

  • March 24, 2012, 8:25 a.m. CST

    Damn right BUFFY was great!

    by GravyAkira

    ANGEL as well.

  • March 24, 2012, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Best show ever! Woo Hoo!

    by Jon Snow

    Breaking Bad rules yo! This one is pretty good too.

  • March 24, 2012, 8:31 a.m. CST

    Cock Suckers...

    by Mr Soze

    Deadwood is at the pinnacle of hr. long television

  • March 24, 2012, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Firefly is Fucking Phenomenal

    by Crow3711

    I'm not a huge fan of Whedon's other works but firefly is fucking brilliant and anyone who says otherwise either hasn't watch it or has poor taste. Fine, I'll say it. Fact.

  • Calm down. I fucking love Game of Thrones, love every novel in the series, but damn, the show is not on the level of some of the other elite. Having said that, I'm excited as hell for next Sunday...Mad Men and Game of Thrones back to back!

  • March 24, 2012, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Well, to be honest

    by maelstrom_ZERO

    I thought GoT--the show--to be pretty solid. Its main accomplishment is that it manages to condense so many complex characters and plotlines into a generally manageable show and keeps things relatively intact. Because of that, the show is impressive. As to being very good, I would be less enthusiastic on that score. GoT was something I thoroughly enjoyed, but if I had to compare it to, say, the Wire or Breaking Bad (and yes, I consider those shows to be best ones I've ever seen), then GoT just isn't up to par. But compared to other geek shows out there, it's definitely pretty good. Compared to, say, Doctor Who or BSG or DS9--my personal pantheon of geek awesomeness--GoT is definitely up there. It's just not the best thing since sliced bread that many people believe it is. Although I will say that Peter Dinklage *is* the best thing since sliced bread. His turn as Tyrion was utterly fantastic.

  • March 24, 2012, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Downton Abbey..? You cannot be serious..!

    by workshed

    Being a UK tv viewer I can tell you that only bleary-eyed US royalists go gaga for Julian Fellows' piece of shit. Now, how about 'Misfits'..? Has anyone at AICN watched that yet..? If not, it's about time (or time travel, depending on your power!)

  • March 24, 2012, 10:38 a.m. CST

    =Joss Wheadon is for fat virgins=

    by alexander

    Nice try natalie, but he would still turn you down in a second. Just break you hymen with a dildo in public and be done with i-- oh wait thats what your doing here

  • March 24, 2012, 10:48 a.m. CST

    =Joss Wheadon is for fat virgins=

    by alexander

    nice try natalie, but he would still turn you down in a second... just break your hymen with a dildo in public and be donw with i- oh no wait, that's what your doing here.

  • March 24, 2012, 10:49 a.m. CST

    GoT has a long way to go before beating the Wire

    by some dude

    Also Deadwood never really ended so that definitely hurt its best show ever factor and the Sopranos ran 2 seasons too long and had what I thought was an incredibly weak last season. That said I think GoT will show us how good it is if it can make the last 2 books into interesting tv that wont drag or crumble under the vastness of the cast and story.

  • March 24, 2012, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Oh yeah Buffy was great!

    by some dude

    Entertaining heartfelt TV with great characters, plotlines and some awesome villains. It should have ended with the fifth season, after that it really ran into ground but that might have been UPN; the channel shows went to die.

  • March 24, 2012, 11:02 a.m. CST

    I'm gonna disagree with Herc but take an alternate route

    by BlaGyver

    I'd personally say that the last ten years or so as a whole (give or take) has produced stellar TV all-around. I think we really are living during one of the medium's golden ages. I was watching the Golden Globes this year and when they announced the nominees for best TV Drama....I would have liked GOT to win, but I mean, fuck, every show nominated was absolutely fantastic and totally worthy of the nomination. There's plenty of total shit on TV, but there's no shortage of excellent shows that are getting the proper audience they deserve.

  • March 24, 2012, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Us yanks love Downton

    by boogalooshrimp

    british socialites from 100 years ago were so ridiculous, it may as well be Westeros. yeah it's schmaltzy, whatevs...

  • March 24, 2012, 11:27 a.m. CST

    BSG is the best hourlong

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    All come second to Exodus part 2! But GoT is excellent, and I can't wait to see season 2. Rome is probably the second best. Third is open to votes. Which can include Buffy, which was one of the best hourlongs of its time.

  • March 24, 2012, 11:47 a.m. CST

    problem loading

    by WeylandYutani

    Hey guys, just a tech question: I often have trouble loading video links posted on AICN. This happens on both my PC and my Mac. I click on the link and instead of getting a Flash player I get nothing... nada. The spot where the video should play is just white background. Are any others having this problem? Both the Mac and PC are running the latest versions of Firefox, Safari and IE (on the PC). Both are running the latest version of the Flash plugin. Both machines are about 3 years old. Any insights or help is welcome.

  • Round out my list for best complete (or mostly complete) series. They are also all too recent however. Can't forget seinfeld, nypd blue, twin peaks, etc etc. Basically, can't we all agree that there has been a hell of a lot of GREAT television? It's true!

  • I have never, and I mean never, had my heart race so fast and been so physically invested while reading a book as I was while reading the Red Viper fight. That shit was intense, and it was just words! I can't wait to actually see that fight. And of course the RW will be one of the most shocking and memorable episodes of tv ever, Id imagine. Especially for people who don't know whats coming. But really, the red viper fight had me on my fight screaming "get him!" while reading a fucking book. Incredible. I killed her screaming whelp. Then I raped her. Then I smashed her fucking head in. Wow.

  • March 24, 2012, 12:19 p.m. CST

    crow3711 agreed...

    by WeylandYutani

    It seems that while there has been an explosion of reality TV garbage showcasing: dancing D listers, personal makeovers, house makeovers, car makeovers, swapping, weddings, singing, junk collecting/selling, interventions, want-to-be models, the cunty wives of wherever, contests set on a "remote" tropical island or, for that matter, anything that is prefaced with "Celebrity" in the title. To counter this, there are many notable, mostly serialized, dramas and comedies that are more like small film franchises than what we think of as traditional television fare.

  • March 24, 2012, 1:07 p.m. CST

    i like GoT

    by secracium

    but there have been better HBO series. it doesn't grab me the same way Six Feet Under or Rome did and yeah, Downton Abbey was fucking phenomenal.

  • March 24, 2012, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Crow3711

    by some dude

    One of my main gripes with the show is the sword fighting is often slow, obviously choreographed and just not interesting to watch. This is especially noticeable when you have read the books and see how martin wrote the fights. Im worried about some of the awesome fights down the road because of this. I didn't at all believe syrio was the first sword or a water dancer in the show.

  • March 24, 2012, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Listening to you jackanapes chatter on...

    by Mr_Mayhem

    ...drives home the point that reality is subjective.

  • March 24, 2012, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Daenerys has a great ass

    by Extr3m1st

    Don't believe me? http://tinyurl.com/84x8ey7

  • March 24, 2012, 1:25 p.m. CST

    @hawaiian stallion

    by Battybrain

    Keep in mind they are fighting with broadswords, not rapiers. These are not the weapons of lightning fast fencing. They may simply be going for a more accurate style for the weapons they are using. If you're looking for flashy sword-fighting, I don't think you'll ever find it-- even in the books it doesn't fit. I'm no expert, so I'm sure liberties are taken, but for the most part, Martin tends to keep the medieval accuracy intact, even while weaving in elements of magic and supernatural.

  • March 24, 2012, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Boardwalk Empire is a complete turd next to GoT

    by AshokForgiven

    Did someone try to compare that turd BE to GoT??? LOL.... that's like comparing Fast and Furious to a Chris Nolan movie.

  • March 24, 2012, 1:26 p.m. CST

    GoT is the best series HBO has ever done.

    by AshokForgiven

    Season 1 of GoT rapes the first season of The Wire (what a snooze fest).

  • March 24, 2012, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Deadwood = best HBO show ever IMHO

    by Pvt. Duke

  • March 24, 2012, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Not much on season two until 16:30 minutes in

    by Drath

    More like a commercial for seasons 1 and 2 really. At least it looks like they're going with a CGI direwolf finally.

  • We have been blessed

  • March 24, 2012, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Bsg is on that list ony if u didn't hate the finale.

    by dahveed1972

  • March 24, 2012, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Battlestar was inconsistent

    by SiouxCitySarsaparilla

    The good episodes are very good but there were too many shitty ones, and if I'm honest, there were whole sub-plots that lasted entire seasons that left me cold. The best stuff in the whole series was the Baltar and Six story, which never came to the fore enough. It was a very well worked metaphor to begin with.

  • March 24, 2012, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Battybrain

    by some dude

    Syrio never fought with any sort of large slow sword, that is why he was chosen to train Arya. In the books he is described as being incredible fast and skilled. Hell he makes fun of slow clunky armor covered knights with huge swords. Also the mountain is supposed to wield a 6 ft great sword with one hand like a smaller warrior would a normal sized man. My issue is a lot of the battles appear staged. People are swinging to miss and not to kill and its really obvious. Not too mention great warriors in the book hardly seem like it from how its shown in the series. Hell even Tyrion wields an axe and does ok for his size.

  • March 24, 2012, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Also Ashokforgiven...

    by some dude

    ... you have to be kidding me...

  • March 24, 2012, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Buffy

    by SiouxCitySarsaparilla

    Has a handful of episodes that legitimately stand up to the best written episodes of any series. I don't know the whole run sustained that level of originality, though. I'm thinking of stuff like Hush and The Body and some others.

  • March 24, 2012, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Mulholland Drive was a TV pilot to begin with.

    by SiouxCitySarsaparilla

  • March 24, 2012, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Re: Syrio and Fight Scenes

    by Crow3711

    I don't think I totally agree Hawaiian. I'd say it certainly hasn't been the best television sword fighting I've ever seen, but I disagree about the Syrio thing. I felt like they knocked it out of the park with the wooden sword scene. He fucking KILLED that first guy who a stick to the side of the head with the first blow. That shit was incredible, and even without reading the book, I knew the intention was that that guy was fucking dead before he get the ground. I don't recall anything in the books that makes him seem any more badass than he did in that scene. I don't mean to presume anything, but it feels to me more like you're letting you're imagination of Syrio influence your perception of him in the first season. I, on the hand, saw the first season before I read all the books, so perhaps my viewing of that scene before reading about him is also influencing my perception of it. As for the other fights, I think its been hit or miss. The scene with Jaime and Ned in the square, before ned gets speared in the leg, wasn't the most thrilling. But, the fight between Bronn and the knight of the vale was really, really, really well done I thought. I don't know, it just seems like you're being a little harsh. They definitely did a solid job with the Mountain chopping off his horses head in one fell swoop. I don't really know what else you want. But to each his own, I'm not saying you're wrong or anything. I just felt like overall they did a pretty great job. You want to see bad sword fighting and people swinging to miss? Watch the star wars prequels. Have you seen that video going around where it slows all the action down and you can see how insanely bad the fighting is? It's hysterical. GoT has been nothing like that, I don't think. Then again, perhaps I need to slow things down a bit and examine...

  • March 24, 2012, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Angels in America

    by SiouxCitySarsaparilla

    A mini series, but a substantial HBO production based on the Tony Kushner play. Starred Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, James Cromwell and Mary Louise Parker.

  • March 24, 2012, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Hopefully ALL of the Martells get introduced.

    by Gene Cowan

    The Sand Snakes are going to be BABES. As far as Dornish chicks, if I had to guess, they'll probably only cast Arianne and maybe one or two of the Sand Snakes, putting all of their roles into one (or two) characters. Less confusion for TV crowd. Crow mentioned the Red Viper fight, above. Yeah, this should be good if they do if right. Actually all of Oberyn's scenes should be good -- he's one of my fav characters and has some GREAT dialogue with Tyrion when he's introduced.

  • March 24, 2012, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Don't want to be spoiled so will miss it

    by FrodoFraggins

  • March 24, 2012, 3:25 p.m. CST

    I do hope they raised the budget. the jousting setup was laughably tiny

    by FrodoFraggins

    I'm not sure why they even bothered with it if the end result was so lame.

  • March 24, 2012, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Buffy does not need Ain't It Cool News talkback approval

    by Hercules

    Every time a bona fide TV critic issues a "best ever" list, only three shows make every list without fail: The Simpsons The Sopranos Buffy The Vampire Slayer If you didn't like Buffy, you weren't paying attention.

  • Their reactions should be pretty great. I can't think of a bigger "HOLY EFF" moment in TV history, if they pull it off correctly. And I can't imagine they would screw up one of the biggest turning points in the series. I say this also because of all of the screentime they're adding into this season for the most pivotal character involved in that scene.

  • It's mainly a re-cap of season one, with some hints of things to come and some brief introductions to who the new characters will be. Unless you are REALLY trying to avoid any and all things regarding new people and settings and things like that.

  • March 24, 2012, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Hercules if the wire isn't on that list...

    by some dude

    ... I dont think id take it seriously. Hell I would pick the venture brothers or the boondocks over a lot of the top shows. They are better written, smarter and straight up funnier than 95% of shows out there. Also Brock Sampson would own everyone in the GoT universe, even those dragons.

  • March 24, 2012, 3:39 p.m. CST

    HERC, how cautious are you when reading GoT talkbacks?

    by Gene Cowan

    If I remember correctly, you said how you wanted to discover what happens in the series via HBO. I'm surprised if you've lasted this long without accidentally reading some major spoilers of things to come. Some of the people on the TB's here are huge douches with spoilers. My point here is that you should probably avoid your TB's at all costs, once you post GoT articles. You're going to be pissed if you find certain things out ahead of time.

  • March 24, 2012, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Crow3711

    by some dude

    I just think a lot of the battles feel stilted and fake like they were predetermined before the fight which really takes me out of the scene. People seem stiff and awkward for life long warriors. Its also other things, for a guy named the mountain they do a poor job emphasizing his size. I do agree the Bronn fight was well done but so many others seemed weak. I was also disappointed by the jousting scene. If you watch again you will notice some well timed edits and cuts to make several scenes look better such as the mountain cutting off his horses head. Just seems a bit lazy with so many excellent sword fights in other movies.

  • If not for Soprano's there would be no Wire, Breaking bad, GoT, Deadwood, Six Feet Under, Rome, Battlestar Gallactica ect. It reinvented the hourlong and paved the way for a new age in artistic television I agree that there were many missteps....and could be probably a season and a half shorter......but cmon people My List Deadwood, Wire, Sopranos, Six feet, Breaking Bad, Boardwalk empire, Northern Exposure (one of my all time favorites), Twin Peaks If GoT secdond season is as good or better then the first then that would shoot to my top five LOST would be at the top of my list if they didnt fuck it up so badly

  • March 24, 2012, 3:51 p.m. CST

    THE BOONDOCKS has to be top 10 on any list

    by GravyAkira

    Some of the most intelligent and funny shit ever to be produced. "Dick riding Obama, Obama"

  • March 24, 2012, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Ever Worn a Suit of Armor?

    by Crow3711

    I'm actually asking. Cause I've worn one of "fake" ones they used for production on snow white and the huntsman, and even being half plastic it was heavy and restricting as fuck. I literally can not imagine going into a real battle wearin a real suit of armor. In my opinion the whole experience made me think every movie I've ever seen with guys wearing armor was complete bullshit. It would be fairly stilted and stiff and slow. I know it's entertainment so they have to make it visceral, but I couldn't even lift my arms above my own shoulders, so how could someone lift their sword over their head? It just doesn't make sense. So maybe GoT is actually trying to be slightly more realistic. That's why the bronn fight ruled. Armor vs no armor. Same the the red viper. He was just much faster than the mountain. It makes me feel like martins descriptions of Jon snow teAching his brothers to fight is the most realistic example of real sword fighting mode il style. It's slow and it fucking hurts. Someone swinging down on a shield your holding...man, I honestly wouldn't last two blows it would hurt your shoulder so bad. I'd drop my arm and get my throat slit in moments.

  • March 24, 2012, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Don't know what "mode il style" means

    by Crow3711

    Typo.

  • March 24, 2012, 3:56 p.m. CST

    re: The Mountain

    by Gene Cowan

    They've re-cast the Mountain this season, so hopefully they will put more emphasis on his size. His role is a little bigger in book 2, so we should see more of him.

  • I am sure its fun and campy and what not but let's get a grip

  • March 24, 2012, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Smokie I'll give you that it was a game changer...

    by some dude

    But that ending and those last two seasons were far more a miss than hit. The Wire was overall a much much stronger show with better actors and some truly incredible writing. It ruined most other dramatic tv for me.

  • March 24, 2012, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Gene and Crow...

    by some dude

    Gene do you know who they cast as the mountain? Crow I actually used to work for an armorer and blacksmith at a large Renaissance Fair. Full plate armor is heavy and unwieldy. However he also pointed out that I was not raised with it or training most of my life to use it. He gave an example of a katana, we can all swing it and hurt someone but a warrior who has trained hard, has skill and is willing to risk his life on that would not have the same issues you and I have doing what they wouldnt bat an eye at.

  • March 24, 2012, 4:12 p.m. CST

    That's True. I'm No Lifelong Warrior

    by Crow3711

    Cool stuff about the armorer and smithing stuff though. I still think it'd be slower than we'd like to imagine a badass midievil knight fight...but point taken. Training counts.

  • March 24, 2012, 4:16 p.m. CST

    The Sopranos

    by SiouxCitySarsaparilla

    Season one is a lot more plot driven and the strands come together beautifully it must be said. By the end it had become a somewhat different show but arguably a better one. The last time I watched the box set front to back I was expecting there to be the occasional duff episode and was amazed by the heights of consistency. The latter seasons are wonderfully compelling, character driven drama. As storytelling I'm tempted to put it ahead of The Wire. I kind of what to root for Deadwood but it suffers from the abbreviated run, and necessarily the tone was beginning to change in season three as the town grew bigger. I'm not sure the newer characters were paid off satisfactorily without a fourth year. Here's hoping Milch can take his unresolved themes from his past few projects and produce a master work. He's not getting any younger though. Seriously though, getting back to The Sopranos, the whole thing is stunning, first rate, every episode, when you watch it in full, years later. It has a register of symbolism that The Wire only truly attains in its final couple of years, good as the character portraits and essays on civics are.

  • March 24, 2012, 4:17 p.m. CST

    The Sopranos fucks your faces

    by Sardonic

    and eats your feces wait

  • March 24, 2012, 4:21 p.m. CST

    sardonic....so...do you like the sopranos then?

    by Crow3711

    I honestly don't know if that's good or bad. (this is all with a squishy renee zellweger confused/gross face)

  • March 24, 2012, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Crow you are right. Sioux I beg to differ.

    by some dude

    As the guy I worked with said he thought chain mail and lighter armors were more effective since cross bows own even heavily armored knights. Speed is usually more effective than brute strength. Sioux I think those final seasons of the Sopranos were incredibly weak often relying on red herrings and Tony to carry things. I still remember that rather lame subplot with the Russians that didn't even peter out but was.never.mentioned again. Battlestar Galactica did a lot of the same. Keep the fans tiitillated but never go anywhere interesting or at all. Seemed like they didn't know where to go with things.

  • March 24, 2012, 4:28 p.m. CST

    hawaiian_stallion, I think this is the new Mountain:

    by Gene Cowan

    Ian Whyte. I'm pretty sure the info below was made official. http://www.imdb.com/news/ni15281601/ Maybe not as built as the Mountain might be, but here's a Google pic to show off his height: http://celebslists.com/images/ian-whyte-01.jpg

  • But watch I did.

  • March 24, 2012, 4:30 p.m. CST

    NEEDS EDIT BUTTON

    by Pvt. Duke

  • March 24, 2012, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Well that guy is damn huge!

    by some dude

    And he can always bulk up so that is no big deal to me plus armor helps make him look even bigger. I think part of it is actually showing how cold and cruel he is and what a monster on battle he is.

  • March 24, 2012, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Also when is Omar going to be in GoT?

    by some dude

    Im thinking he would be an interesting vargo hoat or xallabar xohn or whatever the onion knights buddy was named

  • March 24, 2012, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Haha, xallabar xohn. Sallador Saan, you probably mean.

    by Gene Cowan

    Also, I assume you mean Michael K. Williams? I've never thought about him for Vargo Hoat. That WOULD be interesting, seeing as he's one of the biggest douches in the series. If he stays a part of Boardwalk Empire we likely won't see him, but maybe sometime in season 4 or 5 he'll turn up. That would be cool. I'm also curious to see who gets cast for Ramsay Bolton, if they make it that far. Ramsay and Oberyn are who I'm most curious about, but I'm also very curious to see if Alfie Allen is up for the role of REEK!

  • Unprecedented, that. If you're an HBO lead - or any actor of consequence - and you're fired solely for being an asshole, you almost have to redefine what it means to be an asshole. So props to Pitt on that.

  • And after being spoiled on Sean Beans character and the dragon girl ending last season, I'm avoiding all talkbacks.

  • March 24, 2012, 4:55 p.m. CST

    sallador or xallabar would both be decent roles

    by some dude

    Though xallabar is an ancillary character so I wouldn't want williams wasted. Honestly I'm curious how hbo handles the White walkers. They are probably going to end up being the real enemy in the end but *spoilers* they are hardly actually in the books. Not sure how tv viewers will react to that

  • Anyone who is reading this is going to know that I've clearly watched, and enjoyed, a hell of a lot of television in my days. I love it all. But I'll tell you something I don't often confess. I stopped watching the sopranos somewhere in S5. I just couldn't do it anymore, for a lot of the basic reasons franky5fingers mentioned briefly above. It was just so repetitive, so ugly, and so incredibly unlikable. I know it was great, and it's not like I'm saying it was bad or I didn't enjoy it when I was watching it. But at some point I just lost interest. And I've never had any compunction to go back and finish it out either. Not even a little bit. It hurts that after the big finale hubbub and complaining I, somehow or another, came to see the finale episode, so I know how it ends, I'm just missing a gap. But the show started to feel so cyclical to me, every season after S1 felt basically the same to me. I don't know if thats valid or anyone felt the same, but it was just boring. No one was really evolving or moving forward. It was just the same patterns with different people over and over. And maybe that would be okay in some shows, but I found everyone, including Tony, so disgustingly unlikable (he's likable in a relativistic sense to most other characters on the show) and often such a fucking moron, I couldn't keep going. So that's my confession. I know it's a great show, I've just never seen all of it, and I don't really care to at this point. The Wire is so much better than every other show ever made in my opinion that this whole conversation is moot anyway. It's just: 1) The Wire There is nothing else on the list frankly. Lost is my personal favorite show of all time. I love it the most. It was my favorite journey. But that has nothing to do with what is objectively the best complete series ever. It's The Wire.

  • March 24, 2012, 5:13 p.m. CST

    @the_hawaiian_stallion

    by AshokForgiven

    Kidding about what... the fact that unlike The Wire or Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones actually has a PLOT? And an actual STORYLINE with cliff hanger endings and twists and turns? I like shows that are really story driven where there is a threaded narrative that continues from week to week, which is something that GoT does better than any other HBO show to date.

  • March 24, 2012, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Well said, siouxcitysarsaparilla

    by Tim

    I've watched the entire series of Sopranos 3 times now from beginning to end. It really does get richer every time. When you don't have to wait week-to-week, anticipating every episode, it's much easier to appreciate every moment. The one word I could use for the Sopranos is 'deep'. The shit is deep. The last season (6b) especially is so under appreciated it's crazy. The writing is brilliant. It's my favorite show ever, and I don't think that any other show will knock it out of that place.

  • March 24, 2012, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Also, The Shield > The Wire

    by AshokForgiven

    That is all.

  • March 24, 2012, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Hawaiian (spoilers for non-book people)

    by Crow3711

    I'm also really curious how many viewers HBO manages to retain after getting more into the white walkers, and the house of the undying, and melisandres shadow and other magical things this season. I don't think people realize the level of fantasy that's coming. Then again, I don't read fantasy, and nothing in these books ever really bothered me very much. It continues to be as badass and grounded, despite those things, as the first book in my opinion. I think if they handle it right it'll be ok. The shadow moment will be a big deal for some people I imagine. Some people just won't like that. Even bigger than the white walkers though...I am terrified of what people will do when Bran makes his journey to the three-eyed crow, and encounters little magical wood elf creatures and a man twisted into a tree. I just...I find it hard to believe that will ever be on television. I really don't think they'll do it the same way as the books. It's too fantastic, and it would probably look silly as fuck. I think they'll do some serious simplification on that storyline ya?

  • March 24, 2012, 5:16 p.m. CST

    I Really Need To See The Shield

    by Crow3711

    It's probably the only one of the "great" shows I've never seen. That is something I aim to fix within the next 6 months.

  • March 24, 2012, 5:17 p.m. CST

    the_hawaiian_stallion

    by Tim

    Not quite sure what you mean by saying the later seasons of Sopranos were full of red herrings...it wasn't a mystery show. The russian wasn't even in the later seasons, it was season 3, and the story ended that episode. It's also one of my favorite TV episode ever. Funnier than most comedies.

  • I really don't get the fanboy love over The Wire. Yeah, it was a solid "social commentary" on the American city. But beyond that, the story itself really didn't build up to much. I wasn't THAT impressed with the whole print news media story, and I thought the whole fake serial killer story with Jimmy McNulty was kind of lame. Meanwhile, The Shield rocked out a slam dunk final season centered on Mackey and Shane Vendrell. And Walt Goggins acting blows the crap out of any performance in The Wire. HBO fanboys are just pissed because the FX kids got a better show and watched it for free.

  • March 24, 2012, 5:26 p.m. CST

    This Is Why I Need To See It Ashok

    by Crow3711

    But I'm not really a fanboy. I think Justified is the best show on tv right now, except maybe Breaking Bad, which isn't hbo either. I think game of thrones is excellent, but I don't think it'll ever live up to the novels. I just honestly think of all the tv I've ever seen, The Wire and Deadwood are the best, highest quality shows I've seen. Lost is my personal favorite, like I've said, I love it the most personally, but if I were a critic, I know it's not the best show ever. The Wire is. But I need to see the shield. badly. clearly.

  • March 24, 2012, 5:41 p.m. CST

    ashok

    by some dude

    The shield was also a good show but hardly anything compared to the Wire. The acting was all across the board better and help make a star out of the likes of Idris Elba. The writing was far more realistic, emotional without being sappy and constantly surprising. Ive never seen another show use a single curse word over and over in a single scene as brilliantly as the wire did in season one. The fact alone you criticize the lack of plot makes you a bit suspect. They wrote each season as the last and still created an epic sprawling storyline as tight and well thought out was incredible. Most importantly they never violated their world or characters to make the plot move. Everything fit made sense and yet could be shocking. Hell how they tie up the barksdale crews story alone was god damned shakespearean. No other show has come close to doing this in my opinion. Oh and the funniest live action show is the trailerpark boys hands down. Its both stupid as all hell but brilliant at the same time.

  • March 24, 2012, 5:53 p.m. CST

    rawbeats

    by some dude

    I loved the show up until about the halfway point or a bit longer than that but it felt like it jumped the shark at some point. It went from this riveting mob family drama and charcater study to a disjointed mess of interesting ideas that never seemed to anywhere. I especially felt this way about Tonys kids. they just seemed to drift from plot to random plot to plot. SPOILERS I Wish tony would have whacked his son instead of chris. God AJ was terrible after a while though i guess his failure was indicative of tonys in the end.

  • March 24, 2012, 5:53 p.m. CST

    @the_hawaiian_stallion

    by AshokForgiven

    I totally respect your opinion and I admit the show wasn't a flaming heap of garbage like "Greys Anatomy". My biggest complaint was each season WAS way too self contained. Unlike shows like The Shield and Game of Thrones, the contained structure of The Wire kills any real sense of urgency or tension. Season 1,3,4 were the best when the show focused on Avon, but the union plot just felt incredible out of left field, the news media story at the end was very disjointed and for me, absolutely NOT "must see TV".

  • I don't think it will be that big of an issue, really. Crow, you might be right about the shadow-birth scene, but I don't think people will be running away in droves from the show. In an interview, Martin admitted that his series is very low-fantasy, saying something like "by the end of the series, it will have less fantasy than many similar series have by the end of the first page." Bran clearly has the most fantasy surrounding him, with the warging and the greenseeing, but by the time we get to the three-eyed crow most viewers will be sticking it out the end no matter what happens. The real question is how they will handle the warging in the next couple seasons. It's kind of a tough concept to portray on-screen I've always thought. We'll see how the audience handles that, first. Thoughts?

  • March 24, 2012, 6:06 p.m. CST

    well my concerns... spoilers...

    by some dude

    Is how they will keep the forward momentum of the series going when the books have a serious problem with this. Especially Daenarys and to some extent arya and tyrion later on. This also relates to the white walkers. They are the big baddies of the series and have one scene in the books where they take center stage and is more an example of how to kill them and to highlight sam. Books this works but i cant see tv viewers waiting and waiting and then even remembering who the main threat really is.

  • March 24, 2012, 6:08 p.m. CST

    The magic won't both people

    by Sardonic

    The other aspects of the show are so good that if your seriously stop watching because of ONE scene of magic, then you're just a pretentious bastard trying to prove something. The magic is never pointless, it's never there just to be magic, it always serves a purpose and it usually comes back to bite people in the ass. Magic has consequences in A Song of Ice and Fire, even if those consequences aren't felt until one or two books (or seasons, in this case) later.

  • March 24, 2012, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Hawaiian and Sardonic

    by Gene Cowan

    I'm wondering the same about the momentum of the series post-RW. I don't think it will be a huge issue though, since they will likely move a lot of things about I'm guessing. AFfC and ADwD are basically one huge long book and most of that will get re-arranged according to chronology. Plus a lot of stuff is interesting enough on its own, in my opinion. The stuff with Davos, Theon, Ramsay, and Asha (plus other Greyjoys) I really liked. They will probably increase Mance Rayder's role too. And Tyrion is ALWAYS in peril, so his scenes should all be good. Plus we got the Martells -- that's all pretty good too. The only REALLY boring scenes I thought were Brienne's POV chapters.

  • March 24, 2012, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Maybe You All Are Right

    by Crow3711

    But some part still just doesn't believe that Bran entering a cave full of Forest Children and meditating with a Tree-Man will ever be on television. I mean, of course I hope I'm wrong. But I feel like they'll get to Coldhands and then find their own way of doing it. I don't know.

  • March 24, 2012, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Oh, and ...

    by Gene Cowan

    Sardonic, forgot to mention this in the last post: I agree with you. There isn't enough to justify walking away based on the way that the fantasy elements are introduced and used. If anything, even the most fantasy-phobic people who are afraid of being labeled as nerds should enjoy the way that it's interwoven with the major plot points.

  • March 24, 2012, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Crow, Bran's story arc

    by Gene Cowan

    It does seem kinda silly thinking about it, but they'll make it work I'm sure. It sounds like they have already started to change some of his stuff -- word on the street is that they never casted Meera and Jojen. I'm wondering if they will be "replaced" by Osha, but they will need her down the road to separate with Rickon. We'll see. Whatever happens I have faith in the showrunners and writers.

  • March 24, 2012, 6:41 p.m. CST

    I'm with crow3711, I'm fucking Team Martell

    by Kammich

    So many people told me that the 4th book was the worst in the series. Albeit a tad on the short side and filled with side-characters, it was actually one of my favorites... why? The Martells, and the Greyjoys. Both families are fucking awesome and every character is a great addition. Its hard to do "dream casting" with Game of Thrones because HBO, 9 times out of 10, will go with an unheralded British stage and screen actor who goes on to knock the role out of the park. That said, while I was reading the books I was picturing people like Freida Pinto as Arianne, Tom Hiddleston as Ramsay Bolton, Nathan Fillion as Mance Rayder, Cliff Curtis as Oberyn, Mark Strong as the Damphair, and Daniel Day-Lewis as Euron. None of that shit will EVER happen, but its fun to think about. In the end, I know HBO will cast the right people.

  • March 24, 2012, 6:46 p.m. CST

    The Shield is easier to get into but The Wire is much deeper

    by FrodoFraggins

  • March 24, 2012, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Cliff Curtis as Oberyn is Pretty Damn Good

    by Crow3711

    And could maybe possibly happen. He's on the same level as Headey and Dinklage before the show started star-wise. I just want to know who will play Victarion and Euron. They've got to be complete monster badasses.

  • Especially the Sand Snakes.

  • March 24, 2012, 7:14 p.m. CST

    Emilie Clark is like a less bitchy Janeane Garafalo...

    by Tacom

    I like her.

  • March 24, 2012, 7:14 p.m. CST

    I really hope they don't write out a lot of the Martell storyline

    by Gene Cowan

    For some reason I really liked Arianne's chapters. Same with Quentyn.

  • And I agree, I hope they don't shy away from it. At the very least, they'll need to be included and feature Dorne simply for the Myrcella stuff and the trial. They're really great characters who offered a change-of-pace and breath of fresh air from all the Westerosi stuff. I really liked all the Iron Islanders stuff, too, and hope they fully include that as well.

  • March 24, 2012, 7:23 p.m. CST

    And, yes, Emilia Clarke is adorable

    by Kammich

    Absolutely adorable. great tush, too.

  • ...oh wow...hahahahah...that's too funny...

  • March 24, 2012, 7:28 p.m. CST

    The Cape = Best show ever

    by Sicuv Uyall

    So shut the fuck up!

  • March 24, 2012, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Six Seasons and A Movie!

    by Crow3711

    No but seriously, fuck The Cape. Seriously.

  • say no more!

  • March 24, 2012, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Best TV show ever...

    by carlotta_valdes

    ...Not yet. Serling's Twilight Zone...then...now...ALWAYS.

  • March 24, 2012, 7:49 p.m. CST

    ...and if we're talking best episodic show...

    by carlotta_valdes

    ...that currently belongs to The Wire. Nothing even close. 'Thrones' is great though, but it is only one season in.

  • March 24, 2012, 7:49 p.m. CST

    They'll definitely do the Bran/Bloodraven stuff

    by Sardonic

    SPOILERS There's really no way they can get around it...it's clearly going to play a major, major role in the upcoming series. When you re-read the books thinking about Bloodraven's (or Brynden Rivers, a.k.a. the Tree Dude) presence, it's crazy how much influence he has. Practically every single line the Old Bear's raven says has greater meaning once you realize Bloodraven has been using it to spy the entire time. I honestly think we're going to find out that it was Bloodraven who sent the direwolves to the Stark children in the first place.

  • March 24, 2012, 8:01 p.m. CST

    I'm Not Saying They Won't Do It

    by Crow3711

    I'm saying there won't be a bunch of midget Forest Children huddling in underground caves with large ears, golden eyes and supernatural powers. I'll be pleasantly surprised if they go that weird.

  • March 24, 2012, 8:41 p.m. CST

    The Shield was an INTERESTING version of The Wire.

    by AshokForgiven

    It wasn't as "deep" as far as political commentary goes (thank God!). It was also 100x more interesting. I guess The Wire was "deep" (whatever that means), but it's one of the most academic, bookish, and lethargically paced "good" show ever made. I still think Shawn Ryan tells better stories than David Simon.

  • March 24, 2012, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Whose the girl at 00.25?

    by Raymar

    Nice rack...

  • March 24, 2012, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Yes, he is an idiot, but...

    by Dataset

    ...YOU'RE not helping our cause any.

  • March 24, 2012, 9:17 p.m. CST

    I'd love to see Wendell Pierce on Game Of Thrones

    by tangcameo

    Loved him on The Wire. Loving him on Treme. Just for fun, put him in boiled leathers and chain mail and just film one bit for the DVD extra PLEASE! Sir Bunk Batiste. Have him walk in on something, give that trademark headtilt and look of disbelief, saying "Fuuuuuuck me." hehe

  • March 24, 2012, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Beardo

    by tye dye mann

    The Wire IS one of the best shows ever, and I am only 1/3 of the way through the second season. I think Breaking Bad is the best thing ever, but every episode I see of The Wire, the less certain I am of that. I have no idea where this or the subsequent seasons will lead, and that is fucking AWESOME! Check it out. Oh yeah... The NORTH Remembers!

  • March 24, 2012, 9:25 p.m. CST

    buckethead50

    by AshokForgiven

    Okay ... ?

  • March 24, 2012, 9:26 p.m. CST

    raymar, that's Natalie Dormer

    by Gene Cowan

    She's playing newcomer Margaery Tyrell. I would tell you more, but I doubt you want to know too much about the new stuff.

  • March 24, 2012, 9:31 p.m. CST

    >>>>'If you didn't like Buffy, you weren't paying attention.'

    by Kai_Mah'gra

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • March 24, 2012, 9:33 p.m. CST

    I wish someone would make an adaptation of the witcher trilogy

    by some dude

    I think those books are even better than a song of ice and fire. They are also the basis for the best fantasy rpg videogame series of the last decade. Oh yeah when the hell will HBO go crazy and take on Dune?

  • BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA ,...and by 'bona fide TV critic' I assume you mean a thirteen year old girl on the wrong side of puberty.

  • Oh man I totally agree with you 100% the_hawaiian_stallion, an American version of the Witcher TV series would be amazing.

  • March 24, 2012, 9:59 p.m. CST

    And Buffy is seriously... just... well...

    by AshokForgiven

    ... I guess it wasn't as bad as Ringer?

  • March 24, 2012, 10:11 p.m. CST

    The Convergence of the Novel and Film Formats

    by Ryan Dawson

    I think that the reason for the much touted "golden age" of television we live in is that films are finally getting the chance to breath a bit by not having to rush through a story in two hours. Not many classic novels can be read in two hours; indeed, most take a good 10-20 hours of reading to receive the full rewards. Now that there exists a business model that actually treats episodes as chapters in a fully planned narrative, the possibilities will only expand. I read some critic claim that with the return of Mad Men soon, the Golden Age officially inaugurated by The Sopranos is drawing to a close. I disagree. I think we're witnessing the tip of the iceberg in terms of storytelling potential. As long as there is a sizable audience willing to pay for premium services, epic film storytelling will continue.

  • March 24, 2012, 10:17 p.m. CST

    The King Slayer From the Witcher 2...

    by some dude

    Would make even Jamie Lannister piss his pants. He kills kings for a living. Yeah plural as in he has a ball of dead king heads like you have a rubberband ball on your desk.

  • March 24, 2012, 10:36 p.m. CST

    CROW3711

    by Sardonic

    See, I think the Children are really going to be integral to the plot of the series come the finale. They represent the "forsaken nature", along with the direwolves, the giants, the wildings, and yes...possibly even the White Walkers. I seriously think there's an important connection between the Others and the Starks. I mean come on, let's look at the Starks for a second. They live in a castle called Winterfell. They were once known as the Kings of Winter. They keep swords upon the crypts of their dead because "their spirits were restless" in the old days. Their fucking motto is "Winter is Coming". No faction in the entire series is associated with coldness, harshness, and Winter, more than the Starks...aside from the White Walkers. Coincidence? I think not. I think the Children, the Others, the Night's Watch, and the Starks, will all be on the same side at the end of the series, and their foe will be Daenarys, her dragons, and all the followers of the Red God.

  • THE WIRE should be preserved for future generations to see how we lived in the 20th century. No other TV Show even comes close! There's THE WIRE, and then everything else. It is the Michael Jordan of television. Game Of Thrones had a great first season, but its no WIRE. Same goes with Boardwalk, Sopranos, Buffy, Breaking Bad, The Shield, or whatever else you want to bring to the table. NOTHING COMPARES to THE WIRE. Have I made my point yet?

  • March 24, 2012, 10:51 p.m. CST

    No, you haven't made your point gravyakira. And you never will.

    by Sardonic

    Because here's the weird thing: people have different opinions from you.

  • March 24, 2012, 10:55 p.m. CST

    if you want my take on how it all ends...

    by some dude

    Martin really likes to build up characters and then break them down in the moment of calm or celebration after great conflict and distress; sometimes permenantly. Happens over and over again. I believe this will only continue to happen again to characters that have been building to seemingly great heights. We all know who just not when or how. That all said I think Little Finger will either make or break it all when it all comes down to it in the end. He always comes out of things in the end and is aleays the smartest man in the room. He also relies himself, not magic or monsters or dragons or armies. Doesnt mean he will survive or prosper but he is going to save the day or doom them all. That or Bran who will become as aware of the world through his powers but also his experiences and heart. Oh and varys will play a part. Basically all that game of thrones stugg will finally fail hard and time for the people everyone least expects to come through

  • March 24, 2012, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Nice theory, sardonic.

    by Gene Cowan

    I've thought for awhile too that the Red God was going to be the true "evil." I wouldn't be surprised if Melisandre realizes this and changes her stance by the end. I thought it was interesting that Martin gave her a single POV chapter in ADwD. Especially when the same part could have easily been given to Jon. It will be interesting if Dany actually becomes the foe, since she seems to be one of the characters that most fans are really "rooting for."

  • March 24, 2012, 11:08 p.m. CST

    I personally like Peter Dinklage's theory on the final scene:

    by Gene Cowan

    Dance number.

  • March 24, 2012, 11:12 p.m. CST

    @ SARDONIC

    by GravyAkira

    So I take it you are one with a different opinion? "Come at the king, you best not miss" - OMAR

  • March 24, 2012, 11:14 p.m. CST

    @gravyakira

    by AshokForgiven

    How about..... no. I don't really hate "The Wire", but I hate its idiot fanbase who can't seem to get it through their heads that a lot of people actually like other TV shows more than "The Wire". You people are dumber than Paulbots.

  • March 24, 2012, 11:15 p.m. CST

    Like Jojen says, "The wolves will come again."

    by Sardonic

    I mean shit, we KNOW that the original title for the last book was "A Time For Wolves". George R.R. Martin changed it because, in all seriousness, he "thought it was too spoilery". What more do we need? At the very least, we know the Starks are going to come back and rape the living shit out of all their foes (Lannisters, Boltons, Freys, etc.)

  • March 24, 2012, 11:24 p.m. CST

    As for Littlefinger...

    by Sardonic

    Sansa will kill him. She's basically his surrogate for Cat. And here's the thing...as far as we know, Sansa still has the purple poison gems that she wore as a hair-net at the Grey Wedding. So far in the series, Sansa has been passive-aggressive. I think her first act of true agency, true "aggression", will be to kill Littlefinger, and thus take his place as ruler of the Vale. It makes sense, especially if you look at the other Stark children. Each one is essentially being "trained" in their own respective field. Sansa as politician. Arya as assassin. Bran as magician. Jon as a ruler. Rickon's the only wildcard, though I assume his true purpose is to be the "heir" to Winterfell when Davos brings him back from Skagos, so that the North has a Stark to rally their banners beneath, since none of the other kids can serve that purpose without jeopardizing their other position. Come on, tell me I'm not making sense here?

  • March 24, 2012, 11:27 p.m. CST

    GoT pacing...

    by Patrick

  • March 24, 2012, 11:33 p.m. CST

    @GRAVYAKIRA

    by Sardonic

    The truth is, I absolutely LOVE The Wire. My top two TV shows of all time are The Sopranos and The Wire. I like them both ALMOST equally. I admit, however, that I like the Sopranos a little bit more, but only because: A) I'm Italian, so yes, I can relate to A LOT of the shit that happens in that show. So much of it fits perfectly with my family; the mannerisms, the language, etc. and... B) It's just more cinematic. To me, The Wire is about as documentarian as a show can be without actually being a true-story. That's not a knock on the show itself; in fact, that's why I love it. But at the some time, I enjoy the slightly more theatrical vibe of The Sopranos, and the layers of symbolism, both religious and philosophical, that are embedded into it. So as I said: I love both The Sopranos and The Wire. To me, they ARE the greatest shows ever made, no question. I just happen to like The Sopranos a little more. My only point was that, like it or not, some people think the fucking SHIELD is better than The Wire. Do I disagree with them? Hell-yes. Does that make them wrong? No. Because art is subjective. That's all there is too it.

  • March 24, 2012, 11:37 p.m. CST

    @ ASHOKFORGIVEN

    by GravyAkira

    I'm pulling the race card! Its because of the mostly black cast of THE WIRE that causes your favor of im assuming GAME OF THRONES, which doesnt have a black face in sight. So that sir makes you a racist! And an idiot! "Point Taken" - McNulty

  • March 24, 2012, 11:41 p.m. CST

    GoT pacing...

    by Patrick

    First of all, my apologies for the mistaken post earlier. I did not bother watching this posted video since it had the same title as the video I watched over on westeros.org, so I am going on the assumption that David and Dan talked about it here in this video. This discussion revolved around the pacing of the TV adaptation in comparison to the books. In season 1, we saw a few elements of book 2 find their way into the last couple of episodes. With that precedence set, I think David and Dan are going to be even more liberal with the storyline and perhaps even make it through only 3/4 to 4/5 of book 2 as season 2 wraps up. "Why" might you ask... For many reasons, this would be a great benefit for the show. Naturally, these books are huge, and there are many segments that can be presented in greater detail or breezed over with the TV adaptation. Also, because the books are essentially one complete narrative, the TV show can pick and choose where it wants to end its episodes and whole seasons. Moreover, since the source material for the show is still being written (presumably 5/7 complete), the TV production may inadvertently catch up with the books and find itself in a really difficult situation as it has nothing more to base its

  • March 24, 2012, 11:45 p.m. CST

    sardonic

    by some dude

    That is why i dont think you are right because you do make sense. I dont think martin will go with such a straight forward approach. As i said it is the schemers and those truly aware of how things are that will triumph in the end. They may never even be acknowledged for it since no one may be left standing once all is said and done. Basically Littlefinger, bran, tyrion, and of course jamie now that he is changing. Possibly sandor too. Martin likes the underdogs in the long run. Varys has done as much to set things in motion as anyone, more so in a lot iof cases.

  • March 24, 2012, 11:50 p.m. CST

    Let's All Give Lau_Hu A Hand

    by Crow3711

    For wasting everyones time with a lesson in the blatantly obvious. It's always nice when, instead of participating in a discussion, someone just breezes in and...tells you some stuff, then goes ahead and tells you what questions you should ask them. I like that. It's so...comforting.

  • March 24, 2012, 11:53 p.m. CST

    Very understandable Sardonic

    by GravyAkira

    I also love both The Sopranos and The Wire, but my scale just tips in favor of The Wire for reasons probably related to my own life experiences.

  • March 24, 2012, 11:53 p.m. CST

    GoT pacing...

    by Patrick

    Damn it! I fail at posting today. Sincerely sorry. I am almost finished! ... its show on. Now, you may be asking yourselves (myself included), what are the implications? I think we are going to begin to see some overlap between the TV show and the books, which would eventually lead to 2-3 more seasons than there are books. I am sure no one would complain about that. This, of course, requires several assumptions, two of which being that the episode count for each season remains at 10 and that the show avoids cancellation. There will be hell to pay if it does, to be sure. As I start to wind down, I think the takeaway point here is that we should trust David and Dan to do the series justice. They have done an awesome job so far adapting the book to television. Aside from the sexposition scenes, the show has been really faithful to the books, allowing for brilliance to come straight off the page to TV. GRRM still has a lot of creative input, and HBO seems really pleased with how the show has fared so far. Let's be happy with what HBO has provided us so far and keep our fingers crossed for approval of more seasons.

  • March 24, 2012, 11:55 p.m. CST

    I don't know...

    by Sardonic

    I think the entire point of this series was to make the "good guys" (Starks) seem completely destroyed and utterly incapable of vengeance, only for them to return (with the coming of Winter) and brutally ruin everyone that fucked them over from the beginning. The idea being, is revenge really worth it? If by the end, the network has become so convoluted that we can no longer tell the good from the bad, is it really worth the Starks finally coming back and bringing a horrible Winter upon the land and destroying everything in their path? GRRM has said that the ending will be bitter-sweet...what fits better than the Starks wrecking veangence upon enemies that are already weak and defeated?

  • March 25, 2012, 12:24 a.m. CST

    I Want to Punch Lau_Hu In The Face

    by Crow3711

    For his weird, editorial writing style.

  • March 25, 2012, 12:56 a.m. CST

    hawaiin

    by Tim

    I mean, I guess I respect your opinion even if I don't agree or understand it. Even to it's final breath Sopranos remained and incredibly complex character study. I just never understood anyone who says it got worse as it went on...it clearly only got better and more layered. Take any of the last 9 episodes and put them against any of the first season...it's just a completely higher level of writing

  • I don't feel like finding out who typed it earlier, but the whole "The show is half as good as the books, and still kicks ass" sentiment, I agree with, but I would say it's about 85% as good as the books, and I love that it can embellish things that aren't in the novels. I love The Wire, The Shield AND The Sopranos, in that order, but they are all easily in y Top 10-15 hourlongs, with The Wire at #1.

  • March 25, 2012, 1:27 a.m. CST

    I think it probably is the best show ever

    by CherryValance

    I can't say for sure, because it's not over. But I thought at the end of last season that I'd seen TV history. I mean just based on production values it's better than TV's ever been. And then the cast is perfect. I didn't sense a false note in the entire season. I can't say that about any other show. I mean even the opening credits sequence is awesomesauce. If I think of all my favorite shows, not one of them compares.

  • March 25, 2012, 2:36 a.m. CST

    My best shows list, for comparison

    by happybunni

    1. Game of Thrones 2. Justified 3. Breaking Bad 4. Deadwood 5. Battlestar Galactica I have not seen Broken Empire, Mad Men, The Wire, Freaks and Geeks. Usually if I re-visit shows, I have a bunch of problems with them. This is the only show I've ever gone "WOW" when re-watching. The first time I saw it, one episode per week, I had issues with some of the characters and such. Watching them all in one sitting is a completely different experience, I probably wouldn't have claimed it as the top show before I did that.

  • March 25, 2012, 2:37 a.m. CST

    Have not seen Sopranoes or Rome either.

    by happybunni

    All the shows I listed I plan to watch at some point obviously.

  • I remember being so frustrated with Lost. All the episode where nothing happens, or something absolutely minor happens, and then an episode where something crazy happens thrown in. Arrested Development I forgot about, it'd probably be #6 or #7. And I loves me some Curb.

  • I think that would be freaking fantastic. More than amazing. I hope I get to see it in my lifetime

  • March 25, 2012, 3:09 a.m. CST

    I'm actually hoping they use a lot of Book 3 in Season 2

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    Book 2 has a lot of filler. Spoilers (I guess) there's a lot of wondering around and indecisive talking about what they'll do next as well as repeating what happened in Book 1(end Spoilers). While Book 3 is bloated with easily more than a season's worth of material if they maintain the pace of Season 1.

  • March 25, 2012, 3:24 a.m. CST

    Why no The Shield on the top shows

    by spike fan

    Great plots and charachters with a fantastic ending. It was also nothing like the Wire as it was about corrupt cops while the Wire was about the Cops and Gangsters they were tailing a completely different type of show.

  • March 25, 2012, 3:29 a.m. CST

    A few things

    by kesoze4

    1) People need to quit saying "[this] scene" or "[this book]" good make a great movie "IF THEY DO IT RIGHT." Yeah, no shit. You know what else could be great if they do it right? ANYTHING. Try having some fucking imagination and explain to us all what it would TAKE to "do it right'. 2) It's impossible to not sound like a douche when you say "hourlong". Just don't do it. Either the Sopranos is your favorite show of all time, or The Simpsons is. Have some balls and pick one. 3) "The Starks will end up coming back in Book 7, as Arya is becoming the assassin, Sansa the politician, Bran the magician and Jon the ruler." Yeah... no. That doesn't work at all. 4) I love the books, and the show is great, but it's time for something to change in Book 6. We've been circling around the same plots for five books now, and a shakeup is due. Book 6 better be the one where the Real Shit Going Down finally kicks off.

  • March 25, 2012, 3:40 a.m. CST

    How can anyone name Buffy as one of the best shows

    by spike fan

    Lots of raised then dropped storylines. Straw man charachters, Inconsistent seasons that dont make sense wrapped up by Deux Ex Machina endings. Hell The Great Whedon himself even admits this on his Chosen DVD commentary. And the worst the failing of any great series the failure to examine the implications of issues devolpments that the series raised. Except on Buffy they dont just simply not raise them but ignore and wipe them away so Buffy at best is a superficial and shallow show interspersed with (dated) strange type of 1 liner speaking The Spin-off Angel was/is actually a show that stands up better long term but that was down to Tim Minear and David Greenwalts production not Joss Whedon who bascaly just saw it as Walker Texas Ranger with fangs.

  • March 25, 2012, 3:40 a.m. CST

    Oh yeah, one more

    by kesoze4

    Oh and: 5) Season 2 will follow Book 2 fairly closely, as Season 3 has to end with RW. S4 will then conclude Book 3. I'm guessing they'll still get more liberal with moving plot elements around, however, especially as Books 4 and 5 deeply overlap. Despite their length, with all their inflated meandering Books 4 and 5 would benefit much from being boiled down into two seasons, max, leaving the show's structure something like this: S1: A Game of Thrones S2: A Clash of Kings S3: A Storm of Swords (1st half) S4: A Storm of Swords (2nd half) S5: A Feast for Crows + A Dance With Dragons (1st half of each) S6: A Feast for Crows + A Dance With Dragons (2nd half of each) S7 (extra episodes?): The Winds of Winter S8 (extra episodes?): A Dream of Spring The problem here is that eight seasons is a *really* long time to keep a cast of this size together, especially if I'm wrong about the last two books and they require multiple seasons each, which may be the case.

  • March 25, 2012, 6:31 a.m. CST

    gene_the_cows_lsd_milk about spoilers

    by Extr3m1st

    NONE INCLUDED IN HERE BTW We already know that anyone and everyone could die at any time. And most if not all will eventually die so spoilers mean not as much. Same thing goes with TWD, if someone posted on here that RICK DIES!!!!!, and you know some prick will put that in a title header, I would just say to myself...er OK no problem. I won't get too attached to any character, would have to see Tyrion get killed but I know the chances his character makes it to the end are zero lol.

  • March 25, 2012, 6:32 a.m. CST

    Have=hate

    by Extr3m1st

    no fucking edit button dohhh

  • Season 2 should have had harsher consequences, and elevated the show from simply one about British upper-class. That's what sets Game of Thrones apart from it's peers, it isn't afraid to kill or destroy people you really care about, while also making you really like characters you loathed moments earlier. <P> Oh, just wait till you non-readers gets a load of Ramsay Bolton. Ho'Ho. Oh, just you wait for season 3.

  • March 25, 2012, 6:48 a.m. CST

    crow3711: Fantasy (SPOILERS FOR NON-READERS)

    by Dr_PepperSpray

    I don't think anyone will be turned off by the level of fantasy that's coming, especially if they choose to keep it character based, or mystical. There are plenty of moments where fantasy is just implied, but teased just enough to also suggest that it's simply in that character's head. Some of the warging is very subtle, and Malisandra's magic can also be perceived as just tricks, all be it good ones. Granted, once we get to later books it becomes more apparent, but that's part of the series too, the rediscovery of some ancient magic. <P> Even still, there is more then enough grounded reality in the show for viewers to cling to.

  • March 25, 2012, 6:55 a.m. CST

    domi'sinnerchild: (More spoilers. Sorry, can't help myself here)

    by Dr_PepperSpray

    I would imagine that they will spend more time in season 2 really flushing out the Jayne / Rob love affair angle since Rob is hardly in book 2. They'll want to get more twilightish girly viewers attached to the show. <P> However they'll really have to stay the course come season 3, which is where the Red Wedding needs to live, not in season 2. If the producers don't chicken out, then the Red Wedding will be something to talk about, and you'll have people furious at the name Fray.

  • March 25, 2012, 7:09 a.m. CST

    Emilia Clarke is so gorgeaus! Wow!!!

    by AsimovLives

  • but then again i also heard a lot of phype regarding BREAKING BAD, and when i finally saw it i loved every frigging second of it.

  • March 25, 2012, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Well, they're filming book 3 as two back-to-back seasons

    by Kammich

    I think they should do the same for Feast/Dance... film them back-to-back and spread it out over two seasons. But they should remove the geographical rift that separates the two books, and just map both books out chronologically. I think, if Martin had the chance to go back in time, he probably would've done it that way anyway. Personally, I loved "Feast," but I know a ton of a huge ASoIaF fans who didn't like it at all, and that could be a problem for HBO viewers, as well. So just smash the two books together to maintain the primary 'popular' characters as a constant presence on the show, rather than the 800-page disappearing act that Jon, Tyrion and Dany do in the books.

  • March 25, 2012, 11:45 a.m. CST

    As far as the ending... (No Spoilers)

    by Kammich

    That's one of the things that I love so much about the series... I literally have NO idea how it is going to end. Who will "win?" Will there even BE a winner? Who lives, who dies? I haven't even an inkling of an idea. Martin has me in the palm of his hand for however long it takes to complete the next two books.

  • March 25, 2012, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Actually, Wire met & exceeded hype...

    by Aziraphale_11

    Relax, you can watch this unbelievably fantastic series without being disappointed. In fact, Wire has been accurately cited as a similar example of GoT in terms of interwoven plots and a cast of thousands.

  • March 25, 2012, 1:06 p.m. CST

    asimovlives for the love of ---- watch The Wire

    by alexander

    If that doesn't please you nothing (other than Breaking Bad... and other shows?) will

  • March 25, 2012, 1:51 p.m. CST

    TV suddenly got great again with Downton? Are you serious?

    by david starling

    It has all the hallmarks of some of the worst period dramas from the '80's and '90's that were made in the UK. It wasn't until Middlemarch and Price and Prejudice that the whole genre was any good again. There was a night on BBC2 many a moon ago, I belive it was called "TV Hell", and they had a right rip on period dramas, and how bad they were, when they really were bad. And Downton plays with the worst of them.

  • March 25, 2012, 1:59 p.m. CST

    *SPOILERS* A lot has already been covered here...

    by Sithtastic

    those talking about the structure of GOT in the later seasons have it right. GRRM has explained and D&D have confirmed ASOS is being split into two seasons. It's after the RW however, things get dicey....WARNING SPOILERS BELOW Feast was for me as a fan of the books, a disappointment, due to both its pacing and its story (which is essentially "let's follow around Brienne in the neverending search for Arya" whom as readers know will never be found at least by her). ADWD while indeed a superior work, is still laying the groundwork for a larger conflict. Aside from the no doubt world altering event of Jon Snow being stabbed (though his fate remains unclear), Dany's storyline ended with an unsatisfying open end and the inevitable disappointment that Tyrion Lannister (who plays Huck Finn for the first half of the book) would finally meet her and there would perhaps be this sort of catharsis for their characters. With all this in mind, the real test of the show will come not in the 3rd or 4th season, where the real gutwrenching storylines are, but thereafter, where GRRM has essentially hit reset, having a bunch of characters get outright slain in the climax of ASOS.

  • March 25, 2012, 2:44 p.m. CST

    The promo mentioned above

    by jim

    Is this the same special that's airing on HBO tonight (or, at least, the one on tonight on HBO Canada)?

  • March 25, 2012, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Here's what I think (SPOILERS)

    by Joe Magilton

    With all of the characters that ACOK introduces/focuses on (Davos, Melisandre, Stannis, Jaqen, Brienne, The Reeds, Balon, the Tyrells, Mance, Quorin, Xaro, Belwas, etc), I can see HBO eliminating/shortening some peoples stories. I haven't heard if the Reed kids have been cast but I could very easily see the Wildling chick with Bran assuming their role. Don't get me wrong, I like them in the books but being realistic, some things need to be streamlined. The show is for the masses, not just us hardcore book fans. I don't think we will see Melisandre birth the shadow to kill that one cat that Davos takes her to. I actually don't think we will see any 'birthing' at all. I see them having her conjure something up in the fire and send it on its way. Then again, once Renly gets his, that opens up room for another character to be spotlighted. I don't think we will see a lot of Brienne either this season. Sure, some small stuff and background shots, but I think that's it. I'm also of the belief that we wont see a whole lot of the Iron Islands. Probably just enough to see Theon out of sorts and then bolt for Winterfell in a bid to prove his worth. We will definitely see the sack of Winterfell, the death of Ser Rodrick and the rest, although probably just cutting from scene to scene. I wouldn't be suprised if we don't see the Boltons at all. The writers can always have Bran & Co escape while Theon is still in command, then have the Boltons turn on him later. I could see the last scene we see of Bran & Co for the season being Maester Luwin, dying, telling them to split up. In regards to Arya's story, I don't think we will see much of Rorge or Biter. Probably not The Tickler or Raff The Sweetling either, even though I would love to have seen her recite the names before going to bed. We will still need to see a decent amount of the Kings Landing Crew. Joffrey has to continue to be seen as the colossal prick he is, so that covers Sansa as well. Tyrion's pat this season is more of a lead actor so he will need to get a bulk as well. There is going to be a lot thrown at the viewer this season to process. Us book readers will be okay but there is going to be a lot for 'show only' fans. I think this is where each of the main characters season ends: Arya: Escaping from Harrenhal after Jaqen fulfills his oath. Jon: He is told to kill Quorin Stannis, Davos and Co: Blackwater Bay Tyrion: Injured at Blackwater Bay Pod: If intro'd, saving Tyrion Joffrey: In armor, well removed from the Blackwater Sansa: Being told she will not marry a Tyrell Brienne: Fleeing after Renly's death Catelyn: Releasing Jamie Robb: Marrying Jeyne, setting up the RW storyling Jamie: Being released by Catelyn Theon: Being warned by Yara (Asha) not to hold Winterfell, probably giving a somewhat cocky response, setting up Season 3 Bran, Rickon, etc: Escaping after seeing a dying Maester Luwin The Hound: Fleeing the Blackwater I dont have the books in front of me, so my timing of events may be a little off. Just my opionion. SER BRONN! Cersei:

  • The expansive set of well developed characters in ASoIaF and GoT is definitely one of the defining attributes of the series. This is likely a very fortunate thing for the HBO production, and although the fans of the books are very happy and familiar with the depth of both the characters and the world of Westeros, I think there is some cause for concern. Obviously, the quality of the books has made it easier for the writers to adapt their screenplays for the show. Nearly everyone involved with GoT has commented on or praised the books for allowing the adaptation to be done very well and relatively easily. However, as we move into season 2, we are probably going to see more deviations from the books. HBO is obviously focused on the success of the TV show, and this is with little to no concern for GoT's faithfulness to the books. While this does not matter for the TV-only fans, the readers of the books might find some unwelcome surprises, such as their favorite minor character being left out. We saw some of this in season 1, and it is inevitably going to continue. Some of you mentioned that the production will probably abbreviate some subplots, such as those revolving around the Boltons, the Greyjoys, or even the Martells. I am curious to see what the reaction will be when we come across more and more of these situations. It really depends on what percentage of show viewers are also readers of the books (any guesses? I have no idea). If the writers keep up the quality that we have come to expect, I think I can overlook these changes, but if they mess with the Martells, I, for one, will be pretty disappointed.

  • March 25, 2012, 6:44 p.m. CST

    @joesomebody

    by Sardonic

    I think you're wrong on a few things there. Roose Bolton has already been casted, for one thing, and I think we will absolutely be seeing Mel's shadowbaby...there's a shot that has appeared in several of the trailers that shows her face apparently topless (obviously you don't see her boobs) with her head back moaning in a dark location...if that ain't shadowbaby-birthing, then I'm be a monkey's uncle.

  • March 25, 2012, 6:53 p.m. CST

    @sardonic

    by Joe Magilton

    The only reason I dont think thats Melisandre birthing is that in one of the trailers we see what I believe to be her locking lips with Stannis. I think the show is gonna show them as an item, and that scene would be them getting it on. While its not stated in the books, I dont believe it was stated about Loras and Renly either but they went there. Has there been any word on if Stannis' wife has been cast? Thanks for the Roose Bolton heads up. I hadn't heard, but wasn't it Ramsay, his bastard who flipped the script on Theon? Wasn't Roose at Harrenhal during that time, getting leeched by Arya?

  • March 25, 2012, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Whew...I'm late to this party.

    by Red Ned Lynch

    The promo was great but it was more recap than teaser. Which is probably for the best but was still disappointing. Here's the thing about the best shows ever. There can be more than one. We're not playing Highlander rules. The Wire...yeah, is probably my boringly predictable pick for number one. Each of the first four seasons is better than the last, and even though the fifth season lost its way a little the finale was very strong. I've rewatched it more than anyone should. But on a given day, after watching a particular episode, I might just think Deadwood or Breaking Bad was even better. And would I argue with someone who said The Sopranos or Rome or BSG or Mad Men or Twin Peaks or Buffy or The Shield or Justified? Maybe a little about them deserving the very top spot, but only a little. In their different ways they were/are all great television and I enjoyed them all. And I'm sure I'm missing a bunch too, not even to mention the comedies, because that's a little too apples and oranges. The Sopranos got awful flabby and self indulgent in its later seasons but its first season is pretty much perfect. Rome, though rushed and only two seasons long was lush and brilliantly acted. When Lynch was directly involved with Twin Peaks the show was as good as anything ever has and probably ever will be. The season five finale of Buffy was one of the best series finales ever made, marred only by the fact that the show limped on, a mangled mess, for two more years. Justified has gotten better every season. Game of Thrones? I'm not going to put it on that list yet, not after one season. But seeing what they did in the first season, knowing how faithful they're being to the spirit of the books, and knowing what the books have in store... ...yeah, I think it's going to be there soon.

  • March 25, 2012, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Sithtastic...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...as long as we make it to those books I will be ecstatic. And yeah, piecing together the last two books will probably be a pain and those books certainly contain more filler but then again that may make them easier to adapt while staying true to the spine of the story.

  • Thrones is sick, but damn, calling the Wire a snooze-fest, comparing Boardwalk Empire to Fast & Furious...What??? That doesn't make sense in any way. HBO has had so much excellent series with Sopranos, Deadwood, The Wire, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones...they all have their own style, and some of them might not be for everybody. I think GoT has proven it has the right to stand among the elite, but it's not above them, and the first season was not, repeat NOT flawless.

  • But if you're making love in a film, you gotta take the bra off. Same if you're birthing a shadow.

  • There's a fairly accepted rumor (I'm not sure why it's accepted but everyone seems to be buying into it) that Arya's scenes at Harrenhal with Roose will be replaced with Tywin. Some of the shots in the trailers kind of make sense with this as well. Assuming it's true, my only guess is that Roose will take the place of Ramsay in Theon's story at Winterfell, at least for now (it makes sense that the showrunners wouldn't want to cast Ramsay yet, since he won't have a whole lot to do for at least one or two seasons).

  • March 25, 2012, 9:20 p.m. CST

    @sardonic

    by Joe Magilton

    Hmmm, that's pretty interesting. I don't think I would have a problem with them switching Tywin for Roose at Harrenhal. That plays in with the 'streamlining' that they may be doing. As far as Ramsay, they definitely don't need to cast him yet, in my opinion, as long as they keep the double cross of Theon for next season. Even after that, you're right, there really isn't much for him to do for a while. They could always have Roose play that part even if they do the double cross this season. Either way, I'm pretty excited for the upcoming season. As much of a hardcore fan of fantasy I can be, I usually don't have a problem with omissions and changes. For example, with LOTR, I was fine with 99.9% of everything they did. I'm just glad we get to see these great books on the screen, be it TV or movie. We're just lucky that we're in a time where these types of movies can be done better justice. Where do you think each major character's 'season' will end?

  • March 25, 2012, 9:40 p.m. CST

    The Wire

    by Mickey The Idiot

    Has never got the full credit it is due because it was only about the third season that the real genius behind its arc became clear, even though it grabbed you before. And you have to watch it from start to finish to really appreciate the achievement. Most critics don't have time to do that until after a show is over - and anyway their editors tell them to catch the shows getting the ratings. It's the same problem right now for Justified. Come to that half way through and you'll be more confused than a casual Lost viewer. As for critics worth their salt... erm. I'd start with those who have at least a couple of shows on their lists that are more than 20 years old. You know. The Rockford Files, perhaps. Hill Street Blues. And you can go back beyond that. Twilight Zone, anyone?

  • March 25, 2012, 9:44 p.m. CST

    And yes I know

    by Mickey The Idiot

    The Simpsons is more than 20 years old. But hopefully you get my drift. 'Great' TV is not only subjective but also stretches back much further than most Top 10 lists acknowledge - partly because they are written to satisfy readers who are only familiar with 'current' (OK 'recent') shows.

  • March 25, 2012, 10:10 p.m. CST

    sardonic

    by amin

    in one of the video promo we can see roose walking with robb in the camp. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcT6ZGqlSsY&list=PL9885E7606438C995&index=5&feature=plpp_video

  • March 25, 2012, 11:46 p.m. CST

    The Wire nearly ruined television for me.

    by Happyfat73

    Seriously, when that show ended, I was left depressed - thinking that there is no possible way anything could match the unparalleled genius of that show. And make no mistake, it is genius – the most insightful, honest and intelligent piece of television ever crafted. </p> </p> It's really depressing when you've reached the pinnacle and there's nowhere else to go but down.</p> </p> IMO, Breaking Bad is at the top of the current crop of television greats - it's within sight of The Wire, but is unlikely to surpass it. I also love GoT and Boardwalk Empire. Was shattered when Deadwood ended early, and am also currently loving the shit out of Spartacus.</p> </p> Yup - it really is a wonderful age to be wathng television, but still, nothing has come close to the greatness of The Wire, and I wouldn't be surprised if nothing ever does again. It's just one of those rare things that operates on another level.

  • March 26, 2012, 12:50 a.m. CST

    Too bad A Song of Ice and Fire goes nowhere

    by eveelcapitalist

    And I really wanted to like Game of Thrones. All the characters featured in season 1 of Game of Thrones will be killed at some point. The entire House of Stark will be slaughtered at some point in season three. The boy king is murdered. His real father is captured and murdered. Even the dwarf gets mutilated and married to Boromir Stark's oldest daughter. And the subplot with the blonde chick who was porking Conan? Probably isn't going to be resolved until the final book. Maybe. As of book five she's still just tooling around with her little dragons plotting an eventual invasion of Westeroes. Don't get too fond of this series. It doesn't really seek to meet its potential and by season three I imagine most people will be ignoring it.

  • What a douche.

  • March 26, 2012, 1:22 a.m. CST

    Yeah BEWARE of HUGE spoilers two posts up!

    by some dude

    I second the douche comment and add uber to the front and canon to the end.

  • March 26, 2012, 6:52 a.m. CST

    Season 7 of Buffy keeps it from immortality

    by David Duchovny

    It peaked at Xander saving the universe by just loving his best friend. Knew nothing was going to be better than season 6 after that scene--and I was right.

  • Even if you read the spoilers, many of them are wrong, as half the people he said died are still alive. As for judging the series, how about you wait until it's finished?

  • March 26, 2012, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Hasn't 'Mad Men' been on for, like, five or six years?

    by bah

    That's hardly 'sudden'. And Lost was great for a time. And 24. Not to mention the AMC shows. Even The Wire has only been gone for about four years. Really, you act like there have been no good hour-longs since the late 90s.

  • The guy is 89, it's not his fault. But he sounds like he's falling asleep. And every woman now sounds like a creaky old crone, even the sexy ones. John Lee takes a lot of shit over book four, but I think that's mostly bitterness over Dotrice not reading it. I thought he was very good. Brienne's encounter with the Bloody Mummers in particular is excellent.

  • March 26, 2012, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Gonna commit sacreliage and say the Wire was not

    by spike fan

    perfect. S5 with the fake serial killer shit and the crappy Journalist storyline was less than brilliant. Nor in S4 where at first the fat Desk cop refuses to let Bunk search the other buildings for bodies. I mean WTF I dont care how lazy/corrupt or stupid they are no cop would do that. Otherwise yeah it was great

  • March 26, 2012, 9:28 a.m. CST

    @joesomebody, it will definitely go further with Theon

    by bah

    Dig up the GoT thread from a few days ago, the one with the five videos. A comment near the end of the thread points out a pretty big moment in Theon's video. Once you know that's there, you'll see there's a moment in the video with riders entering a castle, and Theon's face turning from triumph to confusion.

  • March 26, 2012, 9:37 a.m. CST

    End of the series will be a bad pun

    by bah

    Delivered by Rickan when he returns with SHAGGY DOG. I'm half serious. It makes me uneasy that a character named Shaggy Dog exists, especially since he's been out of sight of so long now.

  • March 26, 2012, 9:39 a.m. CST

    I Love That Rickon Named Him Shaggy Dog

    by Crow3711

    It's a tiny sliver of levity in an other grim, grim world. It just shows that even though you're expected to act like an adult warrior from the age of like 5, Rickon was still just a little boy when all this started. Shaggy Dog is a fucking awesome name.

  • But still.

  • March 26, 2012, 11:18 a.m. CST

    If Anything It Bugged Me The Bran Named His Summer

    by Crow3711

    Because Bran isn't that big of a pussy and it felt like it went against his life as a Stark. Or maybe Bran really is that big of a pussy. But Ghost, Nymeria and Grey Wind are all suitably awesome, Shaggy Dog is fun and innocent, and Lady is just...so very Sansa. Summer is the only that I was ever like...ehhh, really? It felt like it was trying to be thematic over what bran would actually name his killer wolf. we're being super nitpicky right now though

  • Well, maybe it will make sense by the end. Bran is my least favorite of all the POV characters, but I fear that ultimately, he's central to it all.

  • March 26, 2012, 12:01 p.m. CST

    @joesomebody

    by Sardonic

    Tough to say really, I think most of them will end generally around where they end with the second book, though I definitely think a few of them will be moved up. I have a feeling Jon's story might move past the books, possibly even up to his meeting with Mance (a while back there was some Scandanavian dude that cast, but no one knows what for, but he looked like a perfect Mance). Dany also might have her ending altered/moved up a little bit, since there's really not a whole lot of stuff for her to do. We'll definitely see Davos getting thrown into jail at the end, since the actress playing Mel said in an interview that she "gets to throw Liam Cunningham in jail".

  • March 26, 2012, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Does anyone here REALLY like The Wire Season 5???

    by AshokForgiven

    Seriously... HBO fanboys aside how can anyone in their right mind call the whole media plot with McNulty and the serial killer remotely good writing? The season just sort of fizzled out, compared to the end of The Shield or Six Feet Under I thought it was pretty underwhelming. It wasn't terrible but it didn't exactly blow me out of my chair either.

  • March 26, 2012, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Love this series, and hope HBO continues it thru the end

    by VAwitch

    With the many awards this show is being nominated for, with a good number of them being won, gives me hope HBO will stick with it. Though unless GRRMartin gets hustling with book 6, HBO is going to hit a wall they can't overcome. It will be interesting to see how the show addresses the growing up of Anya, Bran, Joffrey, and his younger brother.

  • March 26, 2012, 2:25 p.m. CST

    @lao_hu

    by VAwitch

    I agree there is likely to be some abbreviating... but HBO can't abbreviate too much, or they'll hit the wall that is No More Books To Pull From. I believe I saw speculation that book 3 could be split into 2 seasons, B4 is concurrent in world-time for 2/3 of Bk5, but then there's nothing else to draw on. Meaning GRRM has at best, 4years to grind out the next book. And only 3 if one or more of the books aren't split into 2 seasons. But they can't abbreviate too many of the subplots, or pieces will be missing as the main plots move forward.

  • March 26, 2012, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Ok, We All Know Wire S5 Isn't As Good As The Other 4

    by Crow3711

    In my opinion 1 and 3 are the best, 4 is nearly, nearly as brilliant, 2 is great but such a change of pace after 1 it throws you a bit, and then 5. But being the least great season of what is the greatest visual storytelling vehicle I know of is nothing to scoff at. Yes, the journalism storyline gets glossed over a little bit and you don't come to care about them as much because, by that point, there are the cops, the criminals, the dockworkers, the politicians, AND the school kids who have all been serviced story wise in an exceptional way. So yea, one group, the last group introduced, gets shafted a little bit. It's a still fascinating and necessary facet of the workings of a city, and I found it insightful, if not as revelatory as the others. The serial killer storyline....sigh....look, we all know its the most "fantastical" unrealistic thing that happens on the whole show, and it almost, sort of doesn't fit in with the rest of the show in that sense. But its still fun. It's not horrible, that's for certain. It's a hell of a lot better than the best thing that happens on plenty of other shitty shows. So yea, I'll defend it, to an extent. But the fact is the first 4 seasons are so brilliant, and the final 2 or 3 episodes, specifically the finale -30-, is so brilliant, and backs up again to include all the other story lines from the previous seasons in a beautiful way, and wraps them up and sends the show on its way in such wonderful fashion that its hard for me to understand anyone saying season 5 hurts the show so much its not the best show ever. I love the end of the wire. I love all the characters. I love that they managed to make Marlo, a character i originally found not only loathsome, but also just another drug dealer of whom I had doubts I would ever really enjoy as a character, into one of the most memorable characters, and most telling finale scenes, in the whole thing. I love that stringer bell is one of the most iconic characters ever put on television, and he's singularly identified with the wire, and he was only on the show for two and a half seasons. It's a brilliant show. Rant over.

  • The first five books span, what, two years? There are a few very important kids in the story who have to stay kids. Maybe Arya will be a fast learner in the House of Black & White....

  • March 26, 2012, 3:13 p.m. CST

    @vawitch

    by Patrick

    I am more inclined to agree with you than insist that HBO takes only the "juicy" plots and fleshes them out. Just like you said, many of these subplots are indeed intertwined with the each other and the main storyline (if there even is a MAIN one), so it makes sense for the show to include as much of these as possible if the production was looking to avoid potential plot holes. With all of that said, there is a precedence that has been set which is worrisome as we continue down the line. A lot of controversy has surrounded Ros (Roz) and the great lengths David and Dan are taking the character. As many people know, she does not exist in the books, and furthermore, many of her scenes are the ones that draw the most complaint and are also the source of the term "sexposition". What more can we expect from these changes and this character? Up to this point, I think it has not been too detrimental to the show at all, but what if there is a snowball effect? Although this is speculation, many fans are expecting her to place some minor characters from the books, and if that happens, that sort of tendency could become more the rule rather than the exception. I should say again that, so far, there is not really much to worry about as the show has done very well for itself in spite of the changes. In my opinion, it really seems sensible for the show to include as much content from the books as they can, even if they fall behind the books in terms of seasons. This gives GRRM more time to write and avoid feeling rushed. Anyway, the "fall behind" is pretty much inevitable if they keep the number of seasons at ten. These books only get longer and longer, especially ASoS and ADwD. Now if they increase the number of episodes per season, maybe this will give them more incentive to be even more thorough with their book coverage. I imagine it is difficult for the production to negotiate longer seasons since HBO has a tendency to be really frugal with its shows' budgets. However, GoT is as about as successful as they can possibly be at this point in time, and that popularity should grow (knocks on wood). Therefore, my anxiety regarding the show's survival is pretty low for the time being. Ultimately, the TV show itself is just icing on the cake for me. I am content with the books, so whatever happens with the show happens. I should not care about it so much. Sometimes, you just cannot help yourself as a fan, you know?

  • March 26, 2012, 4:07 p.m. CST

    crow3711...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...well said, sir. Well said.

  • March 26, 2012, 4:46 p.m. CST

    links

    by amin

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flIHsZvC1SU&feature=player_embedded http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ww6rFGkU_44&feature=player_embedded

  • March 26, 2012, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Wire 5th Season

    by Tim

    I liked everything about it...except the serial killer shit. Every minute of screentime that got annoyed the shit out of me. Everything else was great though, loved the finale. The last shot of Marlo was too good.

  • March 26, 2012, 7:28 p.m. CST

    What makes the serial killer story in The Wire tolerable

    by Cartagia

    is everyone's response to it. Particularly Bunk.

  • March 26, 2012, 7:34 p.m. CST

    and the fact that the whole theme of the season was

    by Cartagia

    "The bigger the lie, the more they believe." and the serial killer story played right into that.

  • March 26, 2012, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Best Shows...

    by SleeplessAtYourMomsHouse

    Straight off the top of my head: Breaking Bad is sensational. Given that they finished season four as if the show was ending (they weren't sure it would be renewed when it was written) I really hope they don't make a meal of it these last episodes. The Shield was great. The last season blew me the fuck away. The episode where Shane was exposed by the guy he hired had my heart pounding and nervous as hell. Everything from that point onwards was as good as it gets. Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire are both good. I thought the second season of BE was better than the first but they killed off who I thought was the best character so where it'll go who knows. I thought the first season of Prison Break was good, everything after that though was either awful or just ridiculous. Lost and The Sopranos were both great but over stayed their welcome a little. I've got The Wire at home but have never really watched it. Mad Men is the same. I plan on plowing through both soon though. Like someone else mentioned, I'm scared to watch The Wire because of the hype it's gotten at times.

  • March 26, 2012, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Dont get me wrong

    by Joe Magilton

    I am a huge GoT fan, but putting them in any discussion about the best TV series is ludicrous (not the rapper, not the speed). While I do believe it's the best show on tv right now, I think that a show has to complete its run before its ever discussed as a possible best ever. Things can go bad *cough X FILES cough* along the way. Here's my Top 5 current and All Time: CURRENT Game of Thrones Justified The Walking Dead Hawaii 5-0 The League All Time The Wire Seinfeld The Sopranos LOST Cheers Just my opinion :)

  • March 26, 2012, 10:30 p.m. CST

    Walking Dead Has No Place on Any Great Lists

    by Crow3711

    I'm sorry, but that really ruins your list. You can enjoy the show, I do. I've watched every episode. But its fucking terrible overall. I would never let it touch a best of list. I know its opinion and all...but that show is falling woefully below its own potential. Paper thin characters, repetitive story lines, boring ass episodes. I just had to bitch because it shocked me that anyone actually think its a great show. i thought we all just watched it because its good enough and has zombies every week

  • March 27, 2012, 12:11 a.m. CST

    I've never

    by Joe Magilton

    seen Breaking Bad but from everything I hear, it's great and I plan on getting around to it. Work dictates a lot of what I get to watch regularly so some things are not an option. Mad Men, from everything I hear also is great but I am late to the party on that and will have to play catch up. As for TWD, I am a huge fan of post apocalyptic fiction. Is TWD flawed? Most certainly. Do I still enjoy it? Very much so. I also am a huge fan of the comic so that may play into it as well. I try to be glass half full with it. Yes, there are problems with the show, but I still really enjoy it. For reference, some current shows I have never watched a single episode of, not for lack of liking though: Breaking Bad Mad Men Shameless Person of Interest House Fringe 30 Rock Parks & Rec Burn Notice Downton Abbey American Dad Bobs Burgers Homeland Finally, some shows I currently watch on a (usually) regular basis: Breakout Kings Once Upon a Time Alcatraz GoT Life's Too Short Dexter It's Always Sunny The Office Eastbound & Down NCIS Archer Flyers games Jim Rome is Burning Phillies games Live Boxing/MMA when it is on (not PPV)

  • March 27, 2012, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Let's be honest

    by David Duchovny

    The reason The Wire didn't get the Emmy love is because most of the cast was black, and the story lines were about black criminals. Liberals can be racists too believe it or not.

  • March 27, 2012, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Late to The Party With A Lame, Unrelated Joke?

    by Crow3711

    How baked are you?