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  1. The Second Hand

    [Book Spoilers] EP 209 Discussion

    I still feel like the horror of the chain -- rising up, etched with fire -- would have been marvelous to see. In any case, it was a nice battle.
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    [Book Spoilers] EP 206 Discussion

    I rated this a solid seven. It's hard to still like the changes and to accept the budget of the show -- it just doesn't mesh with the world George has created -- but I did like this episode. it was solid writing, solid acting, though the end was particularly awful.
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    [Book Spoilers] EP 205 Discussion

    Finally. An episode that works on every level -- story, drama, character, and humor. Wow. Best episode of the entire show so far.
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    How would you rate episode 204?

    I would rate this a... three. As an adaptation of the source material, it's awful. I really do like and appreciate David and Dan, but their constant 'stamping' of perfectly decent storylines -- Littelfinger, Jeyne, Robb, Tywin, -- is about as worrisome as anything. As for Garden of Bones -- it was a dissapointing. Storm's End is very, very important, so why was it left out? And why was Edric Storm left out, who is also incredibly important? I can't think that losing Ros-Joff or Sansa-Joff would hurt in any respect. It's just so dissapointing. God, I can't literalize what I'm feeling. And literalize isn't even a word!
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    [Book Spoilers] EP 204 Discussion

    Wow. This episode was awful. They took one of the best passages George has ever written -- the landing at Storm's End, which, of course, is completely absent -- and mutilated it with a tragic CUT TO that barely empthasizes a massive part of the novel -- how much it costs for a king to truly win a throne. Sadly, the speech between Renly and Stannis was absolutely flat. In the novel, it frickin popped -- back and forth, Renly the conniving brother who just wants some respect, and the honorable Stannis believing in right over victor. And then there was the torturing scene. Really? Do we not already know how awful Joffrey is? It's just... god, so useless to the overall story. Oh, and what about this new love interest for Robb? How is that even close to important? I'll take a breath. I did like the handling of Harrenhal, but, yeah, I'm so negative....
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    [Book Spoilers] Ep 203 Discussion

    And I understand that. Yet money is spent on Littlefinger and Ros having in-depth, hokey conversation. Again, it's an example of David and Dan trying so hard to 'stamp' the series. I know I've skewed negatively so far, but I do really like the show. I thought the first season was truly great in some instances, but I remain disappointed still with the adaptating of the material.
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    [Book Spoilers] Ep 203 Discussion

    It's just so... false. And Tyrion -- who is being portrayed as some sort of chronic mastermind -- has the most depth out of any character in the books. In the show, not so much. Now it's just "look, Peter Dinklage is Tyrion! It actually happened!" But I still really admire his performance.
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    [Book Spoilers] Ep 203 Discussion

    Just saw it. So the series is... decent, at least so far. Unfortunately, I find myself experiencing the same problem I had with the Harry Potter series -- the way I imagine things seem to differ wildly from David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. I like some of the changes, but Ros? A Mediterranean King's Landing? A really awful accent on Dinklage? Stannis being so well cast but so awfully one-note? It feels as if they've taken everything that made Martin's creation so wonderful to walk and now do -- and try -- everything they possibly can to put their own stamp on it. I'm not knocking them specifically, but the source material is sometimes the best way to go. It just is. And where are the bannermen? Why is it that we never see the men that actually fight for Stannis? Maybe it's my fickle self... but maybe I'm right. We'll see. Here's hoping for a better fourth episode.