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[Book Spoilers] Is Brienne Ugly Enough? How was she?


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#1 atia-

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 06:38 PM

Since I know this will most likely be a fairly common complaint/debate, thought it would it would be a good idea to go ahead and make this into a thread. So - is Brienne as hideous as you imagined? And how did she do? She prepped so much for this part, so I am expecting a lot.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 09:27 PM

I knew she wouldn't be as ugly as the books (same with Tyrion). Still, she'll do.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 09:32 PM

Very good portrayal. I loved seeing her stride next to Lady Stark. She was huge. Very well cast.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 09:34 PM

Since I know this will most likely be a fairly common complaint/debate, thought it would it would be a good idea to go ahead and make this into a thread. So - is Brienne as hideous as you imagined? And how did she do? She prepped so much for this part, so I am expecting a lot.


Absolutely amazing. Quite the presence. I can't wait to watch this with my non-book-reader sister to see if she gasps when her helm comes off to reveal that she's a she. /tongue.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':P' />

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 09:39 PM

She's close to what I had in mind. And awkward. Also as stubborn as in the books. /laugh.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':laugh:' />

Only it seems to me she has too intelligent a countenance, whereas in the books she looks stupid, but, blah! The actress was so completely perfect I'm happy to overlook such irrelevant details!

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 09:41 PM

I thought Asha Greyjoy uglier than Brienne in the series... wierd since I was hoping that she was a hottie for all the man that she seduced in the book

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 09:44 PM

Lady Stark did a bang-up job of expressionless WTF at the first sight of Brienne unhelmed. The same non-expression she employed in her encounter with Walder Frey.

I 'felt' for Brienne, the character and the actor. She is, to the feminine, the same as Tyrion is to the masculine. Tyrion was supposed to be born tall, muscular, imposing and fierce. Brienne was supposed to be born feminine, submissive, smaller. Each has grown up with, and MF-ing DEALT with, their lot in life. Brienne, you go, girl!

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 09:47 PM

Gwendoline Christie is a beautiful girl, so I wondered what they'd do to try and "ugly her up" for the part of Brienne. She's got the physical presence, easily. She's said in interviews that she's read the books, loved the character, and was interested in the part before she was even considered for it, so her understanding of Brienne is going to add to her portrayal.

She's certainly not as ugly as Brienne is described in the books, but they still managed to make Gwen look mannish and unattractive. Her mannerisms were spot-on, and as long as she does justice to the role, I'm happy!

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 09:50 PM

I thought Asha Greyjoy uglier than Brienne in the series... wierd since I was hoping that she was a hottie for all the man that she seduced in the book


Honestly, must we define Every. Single. Female. In. The. Series. by how 'hot' she is? Is this the 1960s? Asha is a strong, smart, fierce PIRATE. Perhaps 'all the men that she seduced in the book' found that... hot? /rolleyes.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':rolleyes:' />

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 09:54 PM

Fantastic better than my imagination.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 10:00 PM

None of the characters really match their exact description in the books. I'm more concerned with how they are portrayed on the screen rather than how well the make-up department did.

Gwen totally rocked it. She's believable as a fierce warrior utterly loyal and in love with Renly. She's believable as a lady not comfortable with the path she is supposed to take. My non book reader sister was shocked by Brienne. She expected Selmy or the Hound or the Mountain. But she also totally 'got' the character. I'm very excited about future Brienne scenes.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 10:08 PM

Gwen totally rocked it. She's believable as a fierce warrior utterly loyal and in love with Renly. She's believable as a lady not comfortable with the path she is supposed to take. My non book reader sister was shocked by Brienne. She expected Selmy or the Hound or the Mountain. But she also totally 'got' the character. I'm very excited about future Brienne scenes.


Pretty much all of this, exactly.

Watching her on screen w/Nik, getting the Jaime/Brienne banter going - - that's gonna be fun!!

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 10:09 PM

Yeah, I thought that Christie was pretty much perfect.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 10:16 PM

Honestly, must we define Every. Single. Female. In. The. Series. by how 'hot' she is? Is this the 1960s? Asha is a strong, smart, fierce PIRATE. Perhaps 'all the men that she seduced in the book' found that... hot? /rolleyes.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':rolleyes:' />

People do this with the male characters too. Jon Snow and Robb Stark, come on. Tyrion not being ugly enough, Renly not being handsome enough?

#15 Lord Godric

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 10:31 PM

I don't care how ugly she is, that woman is MASSIVE! and is certainly the perfect Brienne.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 10:36 PM

She wasn't nearly as ugly as the books, but then few women are. Her size and appearance none the less fit the bill perfectly for me, I thought she was awesome. She wore that plate armor better than I would have ever imagined and filled it out quite well. Can't wait to see more of her.

#17 atia-

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 10:36 PM

She was perfect!!! I knew she would be.

And this Asha ugly stuff is really, really starting to get old and annoying.

Edited by dannister, 15 April 2012 - 10:37 PM.


#18 Hear Us Roar

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 10:48 PM

Brienne was not described as quasimoto. Sheis just a woman who looks like a man. Face and size.

Edited by Hear Us Roar, 15 April 2012 - 10:49 PM.


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Posted 15 April 2012 - 10:51 PM

I thought GC was perfect as Brienne. Tall, powerful, arkward. Brienne is not as ugly as she is in the book but she looks unattractive enough for men to mock her. I look forward to seeing more of the character.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 11:03 PM

Thought she did a great job. Looks, actions, attitude very similar to how I imagined.