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Season Two - First Look

My friends at HBO have just released some photos from the second season of GAME OF THRONES, scheduled to premiere on April 1. I thought I'd share them with you.

Here's a first look at some of our new characters,


Balon Greyjoy played by Patrick Malahide-Helen Sloan/HBO


Brienne played by Gwendoline Christie-Helen Sloan/HBO


Davos Seaworth played by Liam Cunningham- Helen Sloan/HBO

More to come...


Feb. 9th, 2012 09:45 pm (UTC)
Heh. I know that after the announcement, people were worried that Gwendoline Christie was "too pretty" to play Brienne.

I think it's safe to say that the makeup folks are due for another Emmy nomination here.
Feb. 10th, 2012 12:03 am (UTC)
Am I the only one who doesn't think Brienne looks that ugly here?

Feb. 10th, 2012 12:41 am (UTC)
It's not that she looks that ugly by modern standards. But by Westeros standards, she looks way too masculine, is way too tale, and not busty enough. I don't think her hair is thin enough in that shot, but, hey - it is only one picture.

I mean, given how Tyrion is *supposed* to look, there's no way we were getting a seriously "ugly" Brienne. She's never flat-out described as "ugly" anyway, except by, well, assholes - she's certainly not deformed or anything. But "butch" is not an adjective that your average Westeros woman is going to find complimentary.
Rob Volz
Feb. 10th, 2012 10:46 pm (UTC)

Actually, the very first description we get of Brienne is from Cat's POV (certainly not an asshole) and she thinks to herself something along the lines of "is there anything in the world sadder than an ugly woman?"
Feb. 11th, 2012 01:33 am (UTC)
Brienne sure sounds ugly by modern standards in the book (see Wikipedia's description below). There's more going on with her than merely being a somewhat masculine woman. And she is, in fact, considered flat out ugly by non-assholes like Cat.

"Brienne is abnormally large and strong for a woman, and exceeds most men in size. She has large, very blue eyes that appear trusting and guileless, but they are her only attractive feature. She is extremely broad-shouldered, but has virtually no bust. Her face is broad and coarse, with a nose that has been broken several times. Her mouth is too wide, with prominent and crooked teeth and lips so plump they seem swollen. Her hair is the color of dirty straw and her face is mottled with freckles."

Feb. 11th, 2012 06:52 pm (UTC)
Maybe I'm damaged by living in Sweden or something but yes. That would rank as ugly. Are you looking for straight-up deformed here? Lady looks like a dude. Whether or not she makes a pretty boy doesn't really matter to her contemporary society. Comparing to Arya and Tyrion, she's definately the one hitting closest to the mark re: unattractiveness.

Look at what Gwendoline Christie usually looks like. Then back to this. Back to Gwendoline, then back to this. The lady is now a self-loathing androgynous (and not in the bish way) brutish warrior with what looks like a chronic bad hair and skin day.

But not only that, she looks strong and capable. Not strong as in "strong independent woman", but more like in she could take anyone of us commenters, snap us as a twig and with just by the strength of her arms use our torso as an anti-Lannister WMD.

I for one am hella impressed. And no, that lady wouldn't have dudes throwing themselves at her in our world even if she had money and power (which was the main draw for Brienne's past suitors). The world of AGOT isn't really a nice or fair place, it's pretty terriballs. Brienne's story reflects this more than many others, and I already feel like I'm liking Brienne more having seen this shot.

(Yes, my tone here is terrible and I'm sorry but I'm trying to make a point here. We say she's not ugly enough because most of us are brought up to not be dicks. Not so in Westerosi nobility.)
Feb. 10th, 2012 03:09 am (UTC)
No. But you know how it works on TV versus real life:

Ugly in real life is average looking on TV.
Average looking in real life is pretty on TV.
Pretty in real life is gorgeous on TV.
Gorgeous in real life is inhumanly beautiful on TV.

(That said, I love her costume and expression.)
Feb. 10th, 2012 07:31 pm (UTC)
You're not the only one. I think she looks quite attractive in a boyish sort of way. Not like I imagined her from reading the books, but I more or less expected that. It's a different medium, after all.
Feb. 14th, 2012 06:23 am (UTC)
I don't think she looks ugly, but I find women in armor very attractive, so I'm biased. However, I am glad the makeup/hair people tried to make her look far away from conventional beauties like Danerys.


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