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A Scene from Episode 4

The latest goodie from HBO: a scene from episode four, upcoming this Sunday:

This week's episode is called "Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things." The script is by Bryan Cogman, our fearless story editor.

Be sure to watch. Our ratings went UP last week, and we want that trend to continue! Word of mouth, can't beat it...


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May. 6th, 2011 06:20 pm (UTC)
Game of Thrones ratings
Is there a place that us common folk can see how the viewer numbers look from week to week?
May. 6th, 2011 08:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Game of Thrones ratings
Google 'game of thrones ratings', really. :) The top result returned says:

"Viewing of the third episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones on Sunday increased from the previous Sunday. The 9pm telecast rose from 2.2 million for the second episode on April 24, to 2.4 million for Sunday night’s third episode. The premiere on April 17 averaged 2.2 million viewers."
Re: Game of Thrones ratings - eefster - May. 6th, 2011 09:29 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Game of Thrones ratings - daystarclarion - May. 7th, 2011 12:10 am (UTC) - Expand
May. 6th, 2011 06:24 pm (UTC)
Game of Thrones

Let me just say how amazing it is to finally see your awesome books come to life on the screen. I'm kind of disappointed they didn't make a movie(s) on them but then it's be impossible to capture the scope of them, which is exactly what is happening in the TV series now. :D

Also... write fast and finish the books!! Not to say me and my mom aren't anxiously waiting for book 6 - I got her A Game of Thrones for her birthday which she read in 4hrs and promptly bought the rest of the series which she finished in 3 days!
May. 6th, 2011 06:24 pm (UTC)
Very excited for this! And, yes, word-of-mouth is what this show and your books are all about. Case in point: For the first episode, two of my friends (who've also read the books, like me) came over to see it. For the second episode, two *more* friends joined us (one of whom just finished book one, after hearing about it from me). And for this last episode, three *more* joined the five of us. Going from three, to five, to eight for my viewing parties is pretty impressive.

Too bad my place is only a two-bedroom townhouse. I think I may need to get a bigger place by the end of this first season. :)
May. 6th, 2011 06:24 pm (UTC)
Sophie is such a perfect Sansa.
May. 7th, 2011 05:58 pm (UTC)
I think the same thing every time the character opens her mouth, making me want to punch something. :) Just like in the book!
(no subject) - princeopansies - May. 8th, 2011 12:12 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - lydzi - May. 8th, 2011 09:51 am (UTC) - Expand
If George doesn't kill her off! - lampster65 - May. 10th, 2011 09:20 pm (UTC) - Expand
May. 6th, 2011 06:31 pm (UTC)
Poor teenaged Sansa and her concerns that everyone would hate her. Those mean Freys would write on their Facebook walls. And just imagine what they'd text to one another?
May. 6th, 2011 08:08 pm (UTC)
Fair Walda Frey wrote on her Wall: lol queen sansa is so useless thats what 5 in a row?
Black Walder Frey and 17 others like this
Old Walder Frey heh, heh
Fat Walda Frey joffrey so needs 2 kick her 2 the curb
Black Walder Frey I'll take her off his hands
Sansa Stark Baratheon u r all so mean its not my fault ;_;
Fair Walda Frey then whos fault is it dumbass
Big Walder Frey i know it was the snarks and grumkins
Craster dont let em bother you sweetheart, daughters r better
Sarella Alleras Sand protip: dress one of em as a boy n dont tell anyone
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May. 6th, 2011 06:33 pm (UTC)

I didn't know that the inheritance laws worked that way...
May. 6th, 2011 06:57 pm (UTC)
Well, it's possible that the septa got it wrong.

No woman has ever ruled the Seven Kingdoms. One tried, but that brought on a civil war with her younger half-brother -- the first "Dance of the Dragons."
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May. 6th, 2011 06:35 pm (UTC)
I have to say how much I'm enjoying this adaptation. Any issues I may have had with casting are long forgotten, and I hope you're proud of the results. This series of books is one of my all-time favorites, and I'm so happy to see it given serious consideration and time onscreen. :-)
May. 6th, 2011 06:46 pm (UTC)
I've been watching every week and loving every episode. Thanks for posting this, and for creating such a compelling story!
May. 6th, 2011 06:57 pm (UTC)
I've been enjoying it. The number of non-SF/fantsy readers into Game of Thrones means HBO really has a hit on its hands.
May. 6th, 2011 07:23 pm (UTC)
George, I absolutely, positively wouldn't miss it for the world.

Well, maybe the world.
May. 6th, 2011 07:30 pm (UTC)
I got up in front of my entire CrossFit gym this weekend and demanded they all watch it.

Fire and Blood!
May. 6th, 2011 07:32 pm (UTC)
I was just thinking how I can't wait for tomorrow's episode, or for July for that matter. *Giddy*

I finally drove my sister mad enough to try out the books(she's into fantasy for sure, she just hasn't gotten to reading the really GOOD stuff yet), she's supposed to start reading them just about now. I'll check in on her tomorrow to make sure she's remembered eating, drinking and breathing in-between chapters. ;)
And maybe then she'll finally start watching the show!
May. 6th, 2011 07:35 pm (UTC)
I just have to say Maisie Williams is so freaking good playing Arya. I cannot fathom a better actress for the part.
May. 6th, 2011 08:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Arya
I think the whole cast is really top-notch, but for me, Arya, Tyrion, and Daenerys are the real standouts. They are all absolutely perfect for their parts.
Re: Arya - musedmoose - May. 6th, 2011 11:38 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Grenom Hackbart
May. 6th, 2011 07:57 pm (UTC)
Bastards and Broken things
At first I was disappointed in the series because of some of the changes that were made, dialogue and scenes that've been added in (ever since the very first scene). I realized they would have to cut out alot, but the additions didn't seem to make sense. The series is growing on me though. I suppose it helps to just look at the additions as deleted scenes from the book, the essential story is still there. I'm just curious how they'll handle the series as the books get bigger. Here's hoping for 20 episodes next season.
May. 6th, 2011 07:57 pm (UTC)
The show has just been amazing so far!
May. 6th, 2011 08:02 pm (UTC)
"And everyone would hate me."

D'awww. :D
Matthew Smith
May. 6th, 2011 09:16 pm (UTC)
I've enjoyed the series quite a bit
though I do have a couple of criticisms, mainly focused on the way it might have done better in bringing new viewers along to the LARGE cast of characters and plot threads:

1) The opening sequence. It's really fun to watch, but I think a more effective sequence would have been one that highlighted the most important season characters and their groups(
King - Robert
Lannisters - Cersei, Jaime, Tyrion, Joffrey
Stark - Ned, Catelyn, Jon, Robb, Sansa, Arya
Other Kings Landing - Littlefinger, Varys
Across the sea: Dany, Viserys, Khal Drogo

2) The focus on Aerys. While it's interesting to get backstory on him, it's ultimately not an extremely important season 1 plot thread. It might have been more effective for Ned to build in something to the effect of "He was evil, Jaime betrayed and murdered him, and Jaime is a bad/untrustworthy person because of it" during his conversation with Arya.

While the conversation between Ned and Jaime felt dramatic, it also muddied the waters and put focus on a plot thread (including the details of the bad things Aerys did) that really isn't central to the season 1 plot.
May. 7th, 2011 02:49 am (UTC)
Re: I've enjoyed the series quite a bit
I disagree. See, while they're spending a while focusing on it now, I feel that it serves as a reminder to the audience of the connection between Dany across the sea and the world here. Also, a lot of the comments mentioned towards mad king -are- in the book - but they're in subtext. They're in the comments made in the character's heads, not out loud, which does bull hucky for a visual medium. While there's a lot of focus on it at the moment, I definitely sense the focus shifting now that they've cleared that up. After all, dialogue is pretty much the only way that this new audience will understand the rich back story and subplots and subtext involved in Martin's novels - in which case, new dialogue and new scenes focusing on the unseen is important.

But of course, this is just my opinion, and I could be wrong, but as a writer myself, I like to think of the difference being like this: In novels, if you craft it write, you can tell the whole story without your characters saying much at all. Whereas in the visual media, especially with all the plots involved in Game of thrones, dialogue is essential. Though your take on it is interesting, and one worth noting.
May. 6th, 2011 09:56 pm (UTC)
Sophie just continues to shine as Sansa. So perfectly cast! (All the kids as well, but Sansa is my favorite character.)
May. 7th, 2011 02:02 pm (UTC)
One of my favourites too (I doat on both Stark girls, each in her style). I also think she gets far more hatred than she deserves. It's funny how no one judges her according to her position in life, but according to 20th century standards.

In any case, I like the changes to the character. Book Sansa was way too slow, and didn't ever ask a question or wondered about her future. I was very glad that both Sansa and Arya think about it. In the books, only Miss Congeniality Cersei Lannister speaks about that out loud. I think it's important to show that side of Westeros so the characters can be understood properly.

May. 6th, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC)
So, the Seven Kingdoms follow salic law? Interesting! (Except for Dorne, natch.)
May. 6th, 2011 10:54 pm (UTC)
Each episode can only get better. The cast meshes more and more while getting comfortable with all the characters -- and the story itself obviously just keeps increasing in pace, drama and suspense. Easily the best thing on television right now.
May. 6th, 2011 11:11 pm (UTC)
I don't think Sansa needs to worry about having five girls. If her prospective mother-in-law was still alive, Sansa likely would not long survive the birth of a third girl ....
May. 7th, 2011 12:09 am (UTC)
i saw that on facebook and i have to say, sansa is NOT popular with the viewers! after lady's death i saw a lot of the FB community turn against her, viewing it as her fault. she is not very sympathetic in live action!
Matthew Smith
May. 7th, 2011 01:40 am (UTC)
that's intentional
she's not supposed to be sympathetic in season/book 1. IMO Sophie is doing a very good job portraying Sansa in an unsympathetic light, although she hasn't had enough scenes yet to really know for sure.
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May. 7th, 2011 12:42 am (UTC)
I think the ratings may definitely climb again as the season goes on. On tumblr there are loads of people just discovering it because people are circulating pretty screenshots and speculation.

Can't wait for ep 4 on Monday!
May. 7th, 2011 12:59 am (UTC)
I am new to your books, sir, and thus far I have found them delightful, but if you keep killing off characters that I care about, I won't have a reason to keep reading. Bran? How could you?
May. 7th, 2011 07:36 am (UTC)
Re: heartbroken
Keep reading. That's all I'm saying. ;)
May. 7th, 2011 01:51 am (UTC)
I have been RUTHLESSLY recruiting viewers among my friends, acquaintances, and random passers-by I meet on the street, and owing to the quality of the source material and the HBO production I'm having a pretty easy time of it. Friends who barely ever read are absolutely engrossed by the show (one lamented that he was intimidated by the huge series, but that he desperately wanted to get into it so he could find out what stuff is to come).

I'm really hoping the ratings continue to see an upward trend. GoT is far and away the most exciting bit of television I've seen in ages. More people need to see it.
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