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We're Number One! (This Week)

The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER has GAME OF THRONES on the top spot in their "power rankings." Which I guess means we're the most powerful show on television!

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/bastard-machine/power-rankings-returns-a-king-192363

Here's a tasteof this week's episode, "You Win or You Die."



As for the post below... ah, sorry about the Horatio/ Oliver foul-up, just a brain burp on my part... explanation can be found in the comment from Amy-Joyce Hastings, for those of you who are still baffled.

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mcsherrie
May. 26th, 2011 09:21 pm (UTC)
Very tricksy, sir! But it does show you that we will be in fine form come the actual casting clues. :D
vohdre
May. 26th, 2011 09:23 pm (UTC)
It's actually been #1 every week since release aside from one (I believe that was Justified's season finale).
sgnp
May. 26th, 2011 09:24 pm (UTC)
Osha!
I have to admit that I was probably one of the people who was most vocal about being worried Natalia Tena was too young for Osha, but she's completely won me over. I think she's doing a great job.
saxster
May. 26th, 2011 09:46 pm (UTC)
Just like your books, the series can only get better and better. New viewers are bringing you new readers at a record pace around my parts. I'll have my entire company reading the series before the end of Season 2. :)
dives
May. 26th, 2011 09:54 pm (UTC)
No worries, I remember thinking when I read the post "It's kinda weird he didn't use the frog icon if this is a casting puzzle...oh well, guess I'll try anyway"!
Nagil_K
May. 26th, 2011 10:31 pm (UTC)
Haha George, do you realise that you 'brain burp' caused almost 400 comments of heavy speculation on Winter-is-Coming.ney? Classic!
oscarrob
May. 26th, 2011 10:51 pm (UTC)
I've Seen the episode -
Because of the wonders of HBO Go, one is able to see the episode on the computer. No give aways but the opening scene is some of the best (or only) use of metaphor I have seen on TV for a long period of time. As a big fan of the books, I can't tell you how impressed I am by this series, from casting to production to writing to direction, it deserves its power ranking. I see each episode at least twice every week (on the computer and on the TV) and I will buy the DVDs (blu ray) when they come out, just to have them and be able to watch from time to time.

As I have e-mailed to GRRM, with all the comparisons out there, reading his books and watching the series gives me the sense I got when reading Tom Jones by Fielding. Its like sitting down to a great meal with great conversation and great wine. You never want it to end.
lampster65
May. 27th, 2011 01:59 pm (UTC)
Re: I've Seen the episode -
Grrr ... stupid Brighthouse Cable of Florida doesn't support HBOgo, so even though I'm a rabid fan AND an HBO subscriber, I don't have access to HBOgo content! WTF Brighthouse!
I wrote them an email and got a form letter about how they are "striving to exceed customer expectations and they will consider my request." Yay.
mmc12
May. 26th, 2011 10:53 pm (UTC)
Yay! I know the show has gotten several of my friends to pick up the books... some whom I've been nagging for years about reading them, heh. Can't wait to dig into the show on DVD in the future.
tsubaki_ny
May. 26th, 2011 11:12 pm (UTC)
Oh my god, that's Natalia Tena! Why didn't I recognize Natalia Tena???
cailin_t
May. 26th, 2011 11:23 pm (UTC)
I don't buy her as Osha. Way too pretty, and hard to divorce her from her HP character. Hopefully, I grow into her portrayal.
nycfalcon
May. 27th, 2011 01:49 am (UTC)
The series is wonderful and each show seems to be getting better and better.

Which episode(s) did you write again?
manydills
May. 28th, 2011 02:52 am (UTC)
I believe he wrote Ep. 8.
mj_automatic
May. 27th, 2011 02:05 am (UTC)
I am completely won over by Natalia Tena's portrayal of Osha. ;)

I tend to imagine characters so vividly when I read books that film or television adaptations fall flat and lackluster in comparison.

The actors in Game of Thrones are turning in so many stunning performances that this is starting to change for me.

I'm re-reading the series again, and as I work my way through Clash of Kings it's very hard not to imagine Arya Stark as she is portrayed by Maisie Williams, or Osha as Natalia Tena plays her. I like their visions of the characters better than my own.
mj_automatic
May. 27th, 2011 02:07 am (UTC)
Oooh...I just wanted to add that I think Donald Sumpter is an excellent Maester Luwin. Really spot-on.
fallenalexiel
May. 27th, 2011 02:37 am (UTC)
I am happy; this week's episode got my coworker to pick up the book. Hurray!
delmasto
May. 27th, 2011 06:28 am (UTC)
Episode 7
I saw the full episode on HBO go. They had a preview of it. I think it was the best episode yet. The show is really well done. I hope it keeps going strong
sterculius01
May. 27th, 2011 06:29 am (UTC)
Moon Door
Will someone please remind me? Was the Moon Door actually in the floor? Others take me, I can't remember.
trutwijd
May. 28th, 2011 12:55 am (UTC)
Re: Moon Door
That was different in the book - was on the wall. But I think this is even better actually. Would suck to be a sleepwalker in the Eyrie.
TVHilton
May. 27th, 2011 05:03 pm (UTC)
Two things to keep in mind
1) Tim Goodman is one of the sharpest TV critics around (his recs are responsible for maybe 60% of my viewing over the last 10 years or so), and his opinions carry a lot of weight (justly so, IMO).

2) He comes to Game of Thrones without having read the book(s), so the fact that he loves it as much as he does illustrates that it really can work for non-readers.
loco73
May. 27th, 2011 08:21 pm (UTC)
Always Number 1
I usually don't pay attention to these kinds of lists or any other form of rankings as I find them subjective. For me "Game Of Thrones" is number 1 every week not just this one, hence the subjective part...I am biased in favour of the show so in my eyes IT IS the best show on television and the best one I have seen in a long, long, long time. Those who disagree, I am sure, feel quite the oppossite...

From the prologue this show has mesmerized me, the story, the acting, the production values, the score (I was one of the doubters of Ramin Djawadi) its simply put a brilliant, fantastically put together from the casting to the costumes, the use of the CGI etc., nothing is left wanting!

My favourite characters (mind you I love and appreciate ALL actors in all roles major and minor) remain Tyrion and Jon Snow and now adding Littlefinger. Tyrions scene in the Erye had me rolling on the floor laughing when he decided to "confess" his crimes!

I was really impressed with Emilia Clarke's work on this show, through and through, on other websites (they shall remain nameless) some critics and commentators (shall remain nameless as well) were saying at the outset that she is nothing but eyecandy...LOL...thankfully the fans knew better! Not only has Emilia surpassed any expectations but she has been a revelation on this show, her portrayal of the changes and transformation of Daenerys is masterful and heartbreaking, and Episode 6 "The Golden Crown" amply showed why, that end scene..."Fire does not kill a dragon..." wow the look on her face is eerie and frightenning! Great job! Daeny is my mother's favourite character and I can see why...yeah my mom, the one I would least think of as a fantasy fan, basically kidnapped my TV and the show...I have to fight for space now to watch the show...LOL

The children are awesome...Maesie Williams is the cutest thing ever, she is soo sweet and good in her role that is a joy to see her (how about a bubble head of toy of her...that would be cool!) Sophie Turner is already stunning and will break a lot of hearts when she grows up...LOL, her Sansa is played to great appeal. Isaac is great as Bran the afflicted boy...a nod definitely has to go to Alfie Allen for his portrayal of Theon Greyjoy "a serious boy with a serious c**k" as Ros so deftly decribed him...Kudos and cheers to Esmee Bianco for fleshing out (no pun intended) a character, Ros, who to my understanding is not to be found in the novels. Ros, as some posters have pointed out on Winter-Is-Coming.net, is the hardest working whore int he North...LOL, great job!

loco73
May. 27th, 2011 08:23 pm (UTC)
Always Number 1 Part Deux
However, I wanted to take a special note of Lena Headey and Mark Addy both these actors have impressed me to no end. While Sean Bean, a brilliant Ned Stark, has the fantasy and sci-fi bonafides from the LOTR trilogy or movies like "Equilibrium", Mark Addy really plays against character, but his portrayal of Robert Baratheon is some of the finest acting work I have had the priviledge to watch that goes both for movies and tv. His tired, haggard and cynical demeanour is palpable. I can see and feel how worn down, depressed and dissapointed Robert is, he really seems not to give a s*it!

My other praise goes to Lena Headey who has done a spectacular job through a very understated and low key performance. I personally feel she is sometimes unfairly overlooked. When she was initially cast people were dissapointed because she was "not pretty enough"!!! I have both volumes with the art of "A Song Of Ice And Fire" which is great all-around, and yes I have seen the illustrations of Cersei, but I for one am glad the way the show was cast and not only her role. Geesh, the last thing I want to see is some preening tween models strutting on the screen trying to convey emotions via wooden acting and none-existent personalities...for that we have "The Twilight Saga"... :-P

Ms. Headey is beautiful in my eyes, but I love how through her acting, costume, make-up etc., she so effectively portrays Cersei. One can assume that in her younger days Cersei was a great beauty, but life has worn her down. She is rough around the edges and really beaten (no pun intended) by the storms she has had to endure being married for 17 years to a man that has no feelings for her, other than disgust, hatred and resentment...and worse of all, a man who reserves all his love for Leona Stark...Robert loves a memory more than he loves his flesh-and-blood wife! I think that seeing the passion and genuine emotions Robert has virtually for a ghost, cuts her deeper than anything else he has done to her, including slapping her, opennly cheating and humiliating her...I really don't blame her for the way she has turned out...she is not innocent, but one can at least understand where she comes from...unfortunatelly her situation mirrors a lot of real life situations women find themselves in, many of whom I know personally...so huzaahhhh to Lena!

I guess this whole rambling mess of a comment was to say that regardless of critics, top ten lists etc., "Game Of Thrones" is always number 1 with me. When 10 years ago I was lucky enough to watch the first installment of the LOTR trilogy, "The Fellowship Of The Ring", I knew within the first few minutes that I would never look at movies the same way as before. I get the exact same feeling with "Game Of Thrones", the advantage in this case is that I have a longer (5-7 seasons hopefully) period of time to savour my arrival to that understanding!
trutwijd
May. 28th, 2011 01:00 am (UTC)
Re: Always Number 1 Part Deux
Not much to add, this was a great review. Funny thing for me is I don't have HBO, only been watching every clip on hbo.com/game-of-thrones (check it 2 times daily!) and read a lot of online reviews, I can't wait for the DVD's.
olga_stark
May. 29th, 2011 05:51 am (UTC)
Re: Always Number 1 Part Deux
A few remarks. First Ned's dead sister is called Lyanna :p
Second, true what you said about Lena Heady. She kind of grow's on you as you keep on watching the series. She's BEAUTIFUL. And cold and calculating as befit her role in the series.
However, during the casting and in my imagination as i was reading the book, i always imagined Cersei a replica of Michelle Pfifer. I know, i know, too old for the role, but c'mon who would actually guess the age of Ms. Pfifer as she is aging to superbly well.
I think the books are way better than the series, as they are richer; the cast crew needs to grow on each others and feel comfortable in their roles before we can actually name this series as one of the best that has ever been broadcasted on screen (apart from LOST ofcourse, a BIG fan i have to confess)...

Anyhows, George R.R. Martin, is a word magician. He really knows how to cast a spell on you ;)
Cheers....
Steven Jorgson
May. 27th, 2011 11:19 pm (UTC)
I'm not surprised. For my money, GOT is the best drama on television. It manages to move me even though I know what's coming, which is no small feat.
ben_greenspan
May. 28th, 2011 02:14 pm (UTC)
AWSOME!!!!
levelog.wordpress.com
May. 28th, 2011 05:09 pm (UTC)
Really nice Series - Its possible to publish the books in Argentina??
Hello to everybody!! Im kiperlock from Argentina.. I would like to know if it is posible to bring the books officially in my country??
Actually, we have to buy the Spain edition...
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levelog.wordpress.com
May. 29th, 2011 03:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Really nice Series - Its possible to publish the books in Argentina??
No, my idea is that anyone here could go to a library and buy the books...
dmitry_blumkin
May. 28th, 2011 05:21 pm (UTC)
Explanation needed
What, in the 7 kingdoms, would be the motive to make Renly gay? I mean.. The knight of the flowers probably would be gay, though there also is no motive to show it so early also.. But Renly..
That, and the almost complete absence of the Starks' wolves were the only real flaws so far(for me). Other then that - great job!
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dmitry_blumkin
May. 29th, 2011 02:24 am (UTC)
Re: Explanation needed
Well, you probably misunderstood. I'm talking about adding the gay sex part without it being in the book, and without any motivation. I mean.. It doesn't make the story more interesting, that's for sure. The only reason i can see is that the actor playing Renly is "that bad" and can't play charismatic leader(by the way - he sure can't), and the script writers had to find some more reasons for the knight of the flowers to follow him...
jring
Jun. 1st, 2011 06:06 am (UTC)
Re: Explanation needed
Well a few things here.

1. You have to remember this is a TV series and of course that means it is a visual medium. It also means everything must be within budget constraints.

2. So, the wolves are likely not shown very often because of budget constraints. If you notice they only ever show the wolves when they are on an outdoor set OR the wolves provide something extra to the scene (like when Jon threatens his fellow recruit).

3. The addition of the gay scene is likely to set Renly up as a main character (for later seasons). The writers likely wanted to provide some backstory and depth to the character without giving him alot of air time. I personally thought the scene was a bit over the top but an intimate scene is a decent way of giving the character more air time while revealing aspects of the character that would normally not be seen with limited air time.

4. In regards to Renly, think about how important he is to the story next season and now think about all of the characters they will need to introduce next season as well. The writers probably want to limit the amount of new major characters next season so they do this by giving somewhat minor characters more air time (this season) in the most revealing way possible. Another example of a somewhat minor character in the first book getting more air time is Robb. Sure Robb is important within the world but in the first book he is not a very important character until much later. However, in the series they start off by giving him more focus so they don't have to introduce him later.
ravenslolita
May. 29th, 2011 01:30 am (UTC)
Re: Explanation needed
In the story he is gay as well. We don't really get to see is as neither of them are POV characters but it is hinted at throughout the various novels.
olga_stark
May. 29th, 2011 05:56 am (UTC)
DUBAIIII
Mr. Martin,
I know you have such a busy schedule and up to your head with events to attend but would it be possible to consider a visit to the modern city of DUBAI :)

I missed you out once in Spain :( snif snif, but it would be a refreshing experience (both for you and for me) if you could oh-so-please consider the UAE as one of your future destinations... :D

An-ever-ASOIF-fan...
bonsaibetz
May. 29th, 2011 06:32 am (UTC)
I'm quite deliciously hooked on this series. And a few years back someone pointed out that if I love the Harry Potter series, I should certainly read this series. Well, I bought the first two or three books, but haven't gotten around to reading them yet. I will have to read them now for sure and see at least if the amount of lasciviousness in the book is equal to that portrayed on screen. I don't mind sex in a series/book, and the TV version seems to show it as part of the story, not to drive the story. That's a fine line and if the TV series is true to the books in that sense, then kudos to you Mr. Martin for succeeding where a lot of prose turns a rather lurid color of purple in many other books and TV series. And thanks for not making the sex too sentimental either.

Edited at 2011-05-29 06:33 am (UTC)
sterculius01
May. 29th, 2011 06:22 pm (UTC)
What is the release date for "Game of Thrones: Genesis?" And are there any plans for a second game set during then primary storyline?
roxorsoxors
Jun. 5th, 2011 03:56 am (UTC)
A different perspective, perhaps?
I've been seriously impressed with what HBO's done so far with a Game of Thrones. One aspect of it I think most people might not notice is how GOOD the captions/subtitles are. Being deaf, I really rely on captions to fully enjoy movies; and all too often producers/editors/etc fail to include sound elements that are critical to the plot of a movie in the captions. For instance; noises in the background, the tones of people's voices, etc -- the captions are ONE of the most detailed I've ever seen--they've included the tone of people's voices (annoyed, pleased, etc); sounds in the background and sound effects and something else that I'm a bit embarrassed to mention but cool nevertheless. All the captions are VERY carefully and perfectly synced with everyone; most people have no idea how obnoxious or annoying it is to read something after it was clearly said 10 or 15 seconds ago. It's SO SO SO SO cool and I wish they'd do this with more stuff.

Anyway, that kind of careful attention to detail just made me super pleased. Just wanted to get that all out there.
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