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Postby Rojhaz » Thu Jul 30, 2009 2:05 pm

My brother's been getting hyped for the HBO Game of Thrones mini-series as castings have slowly been getting announced. I was just wondering what people's opinions of the cast so far are, what people have read about it and how they think it will turn out.

Sean Bean as Eddard has left me kind of 'meh' but Peter Dinklage as Tyrion and Mark Addy as Robert Baratheon are pretty sweet choices.

Ninja Edit: It's amusing how on IMDB the Popularity of the actors so far has skyrocketed upwards of 4,000% this week.
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Re: Game of Thrones

Postby Trav » Fri Jul 31, 2009 7:12 am

I am drooling in anticipation of this. I will actually be purchasing the HBO package specifically for this (well, and enjoying the benefits of being able to watch things like TruBlood and Eastbound and Down, which I've been told I must see).

I couldn't recall Mark Addy off hand, but I saw his picture on IMDB and immediately thought, "Holy shit, that's Robert without a beard!"

I'm mixed about Sean Bean. I've always liked him, but everything I've seen him in he's too...angry to be Ned. He might turn out ok, though. Fortunately, though *spoilers* if he's terribly miscast, we only have to worry about it for season 1
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Re: Game of Thrones

Postby Constantíne » Fri Jul 31, 2009 7:45 am

Never heard of it...
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Re: Game of Thrones

Postby aranil » Fri Jul 31, 2009 8:00 am

Trav wrote: *spoilers* if he's terribly miscast, we only have to worry about it for season 1


Thinking that for most of the people. Maybe 1/3 of the cast actually needs to be good...
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Re: Game of Thrones

Postby Rojhaz » Fri Jul 31, 2009 6:28 pm

Constantíne wrote:Never heard of it...

If you're into high fantasy type stuff with minimum magic (so far) it's an amazing series of books.
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Re: Game of Thrones

Postby Fivelives » Sat Aug 01, 2009 10:26 pm

I'm not sure about the minimum of magic stuff (so far). Books 3 and 4 are really getting into the weird aspect (re: bran).

I'm of two minds about this - both the novel series and the TV series. On the one hand, the writing is excellent, but on the other hand, I think that the author is falling into the same trap as Jordan did with Wheel of Time - way way way too many characters being introduced throughout the series so far.
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Re: Game of Thrones

Postby Talaii » Sat Aug 01, 2009 10:49 pm

Fivelives wrote:I'm of two minds about this - both the novel series and the TV series. On the one hand, the writing is excellent, but on the other hand, I think that the author is falling into the same trap as Jordan did with Wheel of Time - way way way too many characters being introduced throughout the series so far.


On the other hand, unlike Jordan he is ruthless enough to just kill some of them to keep things moving.
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Re: Game of Thrones

Postby Fivelives » Sun Aug 02, 2009 12:03 am

He's killed off 2 that I can think of - and introduced like 6 or 7 more.
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Re: Game of Thrones

Postby Barristan » Sun Aug 02, 2009 12:25 am

Fivelives wrote:He's killed off 2 that I can think of - and introduced like 6 or 7 more.


By book 4 he killed off plenty more than 2 characters.
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Re: Game of Thrones

Postby Fivelives » Sun Aug 02, 2009 12:37 am

There's a difference between major and minor characters. The two that were offed were major characters - at least until their untimely demise. A good rule of thumb to use is if they have their own chapter, they're a major character. If they only appear in other people's chapters, they're minor characters.
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Re: Game of Thrones

Postby Barristan » Sun Aug 02, 2009 3:21 am

So wait, most other books only have one major character?

Your rule of thumb blows.
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Re: Game of Thrones

Postby Fivelives » Sun Aug 02, 2009 5:55 am

Most other books don't name their chapters with the names of the people they are about, either.
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Re: Game of Thrones

Postby Trav » Sun Aug 02, 2009 11:39 am

Fivelives wrote:There's a difference between major and minor characters. The two that were offed were major characters - at least until their untimely demise. A good rule of thumb to use is if they have their own chapter, they're a major character. If they only appear in other people's chapters, they're minor characters.


I disagree with this wholeheartedly. From Book 2 until his demise Robb Stark was more or less a central character, despite NEVER getting a chapter from his POV. In fact that's one of the things I loved, the fact that the person in the center of the war, you never knew what he was going to do, because you never got inside his head.

I would argue that so far, Davos has been fairly minor compared to the likes of Cersei, Robb Stark, Stannis, et cetera, but yet, he's a POV character, and they are not...he existed to give a window into Stannis's faction, without it being Stannis himself.
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Re: Game of Thrones

Postby Fivelives » Sun Aug 02, 2009 3:02 pm

I don't remember Davos dying, but it's been awhile since I read the series. I do remember Stannis' maester dying, though. And, yes, Robb got a couple chapters of his own from his POV - after he left Winterfell but before Cat caught up and started travelling with the army, if memory serves.

I haven't read the 5th book yet, is the series finished? At the pace of the first 4 books, it really seems like the 5th would have to feel incredibly rushed in order to cool all the irons that Martin put in his fire.
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Re: Game of Thrones

Postby Garov » Sun Aug 02, 2009 7:14 pm

Fivelives wrote:is the series finished?

We shan't discuss this.
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