Sadly, for me it was a big disappointment - cast-vice and also script-vice. I've gave this episode 5 out of 10, and I will gladly explain why.
First of all I have a big confession to make - I'm a HUGE fan of the first season and I was anticipating eagerly the coming of a second one. Yesterday morning I'd just bought the complete first season DVD at a local retailer store, and I was soooo exited to witness what have they done out of the brand new one... And then it all came crumbling down on me.
I'll just break it down:
- Melisandre - maybe she (Carice van Houten) is acting reliably, according to a character, but that not how she supposed to look - she should be taller (not as Brienne or Gregor, but still she is not impressive enough) and more voluptuous (blame GRRM, not me).
- Stannis - while he is acting good (looking so anxious about his precious righteousness), he is not looking at all as he supposed to look - bold man with a beard cropped so short, that it looks painted on his face.
- Davos - now to make Davos Seaworth to look remarkable is a hard task for any artist (he is supposed to be looking VERY average), so for this character, the most important task will be actors performance to be trustworthy, and meanwhile, the acting is plane indifferent.
- Craster - we have here the same problem as with Yoren casting from a previous season - they (the casting team) just seem to have a disability (or just not willing to) to present unkempt and ugly characters. Craster should be fatter, with a shaggy beard, stooped and gross. The actor that represents him, could as well be cast to play Mace Tyrell or Rendil Tarly - he doesn't seem at all like wildling. He does actually looks like a pervert that he is, when he is talking to/about his daughters (and that's a good achievement).
It can be remarked, that all of the points I highlighted above are abundance to actors interpretations and directors perception of the book/script, but for me - one of the important aspects in successfully turning a book in to a movie, is finding a suitable cast, that can reflect the characters reliably.
And now, to my second body of complaints:
ACOK is a great book - I like it even more than AGOT (the best one of all the ASOIAF until now, IMHO - is ASOS) and while the movie script is always open to writers innovations, they are not always do justice to the original story.
- What was this scene with Robb confronting Jamie in a cell is added for? To try and make Jamie look more human and vulnerable to the audience? IMO - it was utterly a waste of screen time (you want Jamie to show some fear? Wait till they'll make a season about ASOS - you'll have plenty of it). The direwolf actually doesn't help here at all - a pretty unreliable CG, not menacing at all.
- Why did they took the prologue out of its place and stuck in a middle of an episode? It made it look very jumpy and strange, to get introduction of completely new set of characters, in the middle of all of the familiar once.
All that I wrote here doesn't incline, that I'm not looking toward the second episode. Maybe my bad impression will fade away, the moment I'll glance what's coming further. I hope so, I really do.
Edited by Vic-tarion Rattlehead, 09 April 2012 - 04:11 AM.