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  1. 5/10. Hated, hated, hated all the jumping around, it seemed worse than usual. Not a fan of TV Brienne, I liked the book version much more. Same goes for Shae and multiply that by 100 and I didn't even like Shae in the books that much.
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    How would you rate episode 301?

    5/10. These writers just aren't very good. Nothing has been improved from the first two seasons. Boring and cliched direction, pacing, etc. Nothing has improved.
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    How would you rate episode 210?

    I have to say that I find it more entertaining to read the reviews on here than actually watching the episodes this season, lol. From fans giving the show a 10 and then listing a number of faults with the episode to fans of the book like myself that bitch about the overall ho-hum quality of the TV show. Good stuff. I still haven't watched the final episode, not sure when that will be. The show's overall approach and it's writing is just too middle of the road and cliched. I was hoping the writing would improve this season but I think it's actually gotten worse in a lot of ways.
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    How would you rate episode 209?

    7/10. One of the better episodes. Some good, some bad. I thought Cersei, Sansa and Joffrey were all really good as usual. The explosion of the wildfire was really, really well done. The rest of the battle scene had some comical stuff thrown in, IMO, like the top of the guy's head getting chopped off. Minor gripe, but even with the budget constraints, would it have been too hard to throw in some far away or overhead shots to show more of the boats and Stannis' army? I think it would've just added a nice "epicness" to the battle, which has been missing throughout the show. Wasn't a fan of the Sansa/Hound scene. Book version, way better. It's actually one of my favorite parts of the book. I did like the Cersei/Sansa scene, though.
  5. Theon continues to do a great job. The riot scene seemed generic and cheesy. What's the deal with Littlefinger showing up everywhere? How many times was Dany called "Little Princess" by the Frank Black look-alike? Seemed like it was about 20. I don't even know what the hell is going on with that part of the story, not very interesting or coherent. The actor portraying Twyin is doing a great job, even though I'm not a big fan of some of the recent scenes he's been in.
  6. This is a great example of why I have a problem with the writing on the show vs. the book. It seems the writers on the show struggle with effectively stressing and pointing out strong parts of storylines and even characters. A lot of things seemed to be brushed aside and don't really stand out.
  7. I'll give it a good solid 6. Some entertaining scenes. I think the actor portraying Theon is doing a great job, same goes for Arya. Maybe my two favorite actors up to this point on the show. I hate how they continue to jump so quickly from scene to scene. It's driving me a little crazy. And with some scenes it seems as soon as things start getting interesting they cut away. There were a few scenes that seemed to last just 1 or 2 minutes before cutting away. Oh well, I guess they won't be changing that style anytime soon. I think the actress portraying Brienne is doing a decent job but there is something off there, not quite how I pictured her.
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    How would you rate episode 204?

    gogorath, I think we just have different taste, you're a big Malick fan apparently, I am not, I think the Sopranos is easily one of the greatest shows on TV, you apparently do not. In a way, I think you are misunderstanding me. I never said the GoT show was bad or "done so poorly", just that it's average or mediocre in a lot of ways. And that kind of show is not what I was hoping for when I heard HBO was doing the adaptation. I'm not sure how it's relevant if there have or haven't been other better adaptions on TV or the movies. I never said I didn't think the Martin books weren't deep on some levels, I've specifically been talking about the show. As far as legitimate criticism goes I guess I could go through an episode and specifically critique what I didn't like in the direction, pacing and writing but who would care? It's just my opinion.
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    How would you rate episode 204?

    gograth, I think you're putting too much stock into what "professional TV critics" think of the show. Most TV is pretty bad, I think you'd agree there. So what are these critics comparing the show to? Mostly bad shows. GoT isn't a bad show and it has pretty good production values, the content is an epic story, etc. Most critics were never going to give the show a negative review unless HBO really dropped the ball on it and did something horrible with it. And I'm not sure that your hypothesis is correct, could be, but definitely isn't the case with me. I've been accused of being a "book purist" on here but it simply isn't true and I think some people use that label on here when they don't like to hear criticisms of the show. I've only read the books once and don't remember some of the details. It seems that you are implying the writing on the GoT TV writing is on par or better than the Sopranos which I couldn't disagree more with. It simply comes down to this for me - The show, thus far, just isn't that entertaining or interesting, regardless of source material or comparisons to it. And the reasons for it - The writing, the writing, the writing, the pacing and direction (constant ADD jumping from scene to scene, etc.). Some of the casting and acting have been great though. But I stated last year that if I HADN'T read the books I would've stopped watching it already, the show is that middle of the road and mediocre in a lot of ways. But again, some fans are loving it which is cool.
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    How would you rate episode 204?

    Nevermind, I don't even know what the Borgia saga is! lol.
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    How would you rate episode 204?

    I am probably more critical of films and TV than most people are. I would say shows like Sopranos, Twin Peaks and The Wire blow away the writing that we've seen so far from the HBO GoT. Other shows that aren't dramas - Seinfeld, The Office (BBC version). I don't think there are very many really good TV shows, but that doesn't magically make the writing on the GoT adaptation better just because there aren't a lot of other really well written TV shows out there. I already posted this last year, but I think my expectations were simply too high after I saw that HBO was adapting the show and one of the writers actually said something along the lines of envisioning the show like a medieval Sopranos, which is EXACTLY how I view the books to a certain extent. But the writing isn't even in the same ballpark as the Sopranos. And it's not like the writers don't have source material to draw from. I understand time and budget constraints, but that's not really the problem, IMO, the writing is simply lacking in subtly, it's middle of the road, overly safe, characterization is lacking in places, dialogue pales in comparison to the dialogue from the book. It's like the writers (or HBO) are trying to adapt the books more to how other modern shows because they are afraid the show won't be well received otherwise, which sucks, IMO. As far as critics raving about it, I'm not saying the show is bad, not at all, but it's pretty irrelevant to me that critics think the show is better than most shows on TV when most shows on TV are mediocre at best. What is so great about the actual writing on the show? I don't get it. And no I am not a Terrence Malick fan, lol. Thin Red Line was horrible and pretentious, although some of his shots and direction are interesting and cool I guess.
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    How would you rate episode 204?

    I think the show is just too boring for me. I've tried and tried and tried to get into it. I really wish the writing, direction and pacing were better. Oh well, at least some fans are loving it which is cool. I do like some of the acting.
  13. I agree that it was the best episode so far this season, still not great but an improvement. I'll give it a 6. Looks like they cast a good actress for Brienne. small nitpick but I always pictured her having long hair, not short. Maybe she had short hair in the book and I missed that. Actor playing Theon is doing a good job, same for Sansa. Shae and Asha = bad. It was cool to see a lot of people in a scene for once (the Brienne intro).
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    How would you rate episode 202?

    I'm not quite ready to quit watching but I'm almost there. I'm not really a book purist, I'm just not a fan of heavy-handed/cliched/mediocre/middle-of-the-road writing which this show has an abundance of so far. Compare, for example, dialogue from the book to dialogue that the writer's of the show consistently use and there's no comparison. It's too bad there aren't other writers working on this show. I really didn't think HBO would be in favor of dumbing down a book adaptation after they did shows like the Sopranos but that's what is going on here, IMO. This show doesn't really even feel like it's on HBO (except for the nudity), it feels more like it's a basic cable type of a show.
  15. I've read (and am a big fan) of all the books and I thought it was boring! But I've thought the majority of the episodes so far have been fairly boring. For non-book readers I'm curious to know how many of them even know what is really going on with all the different storylines, especially with the way the show constantly jumps from scene to scene with quick bits of information being thrown out here and there.