Im starting to hate the scenes with sansa. They're prolonged and its the same bs over and over again with her "oh my family, oh" . Her scenes have become as redundant as skylar's staring into space taking up valuable air time.
If I wonna see 5 minutes of depression I'll watch Taylor Swift videos.
same she's so annoying. i didn't understand why they even had that necklace scene. seemed sort of pointless. i can't imagine that drunk becoming someone important again later.
That was a great opener. I feel like this season will be exposition-heavy given the introduction of the Martells and other major players but it is what it is. You have to give the audience enough of the backstory for things to make sense. Hopefully the writers work in good ways to get the info in without it being a Westeros history lesson.
Arya and Jamie Lannister are probably my two favourite characters from the books and this was a great episode for both.
The Daario change is really jarring given how different they look. I wish they found this new guy first. A much better choice, IMO but not exactly the seamless transition you want from season to season.
The Daario recast seemed a bit weird, but he hasn't been around long, so it shouldn't take long to get used to him. It's not like having Tyrion suddenly being played by Kevin Hart or something. Daario has barely been on the show. Are they going to have a different actor playing The Mountain every season?
Caught up last night. Just a really well done hour of television.
Qyjibo mentioned the feeling that this feels like it'll be an exposition filled season, and I agree, but fortunately it seems like something these guys do exceptionally well. They sprinkle in backstory via Tyrion spatting with Bronn while waiting to be Oberyn's escort. They fill in more via adding an unwritten action sequence, when Oberyn takes on two Lannister Stormtroopers in a brothel. They hint at it while giving the readers a nod of the cap when Joffrey flips through The Book of Brothers.
Some of it is invented. Some of it is done by means of characters they completely re-invented like Bron. You get more by way of giving non-POV characters their own life, like the Tyrell women.
On the one hand the content is written, so there's much less work to do for the showrunners, but on the other, they've gotta figure out ways to manipulate that already existing content to get it on the screen, which at the volume we're dealing with, seems almost harder. And they've so far pulled it off incredibly well.
The Tywin / Jamie scene was a great way to start the episode, as was the Cersei / Jamie scene. The Tyrion Oberyn dynamic is awesome. I too am weary of Sansa, although to be fair I was also exceptionally weary of Sansa while reading at this point as well. The Hound and Arya road trip continues to be exceptional television. And I think they're handling Dani really well, which honestly I recall feeling was a bit messy in the books, keeping the cities seperate in my mind. They've limited her vagabond-ness.
I remember this New Daario from my one season of watching Treme'. I sort of liked him in that. He plays a street musician junkie who's grifting his way to his fix day by day, with an out of his league classically trained flutist. After hearing it was him, I had some concern with his bad-assness. But otherwise I felt like he may work. I mean the street dynamic he had in Treme' with this sort of well mannerred, well schooled, professional musician, was not wholely unlike what I felt the Daario / Dani relationship should feel like, although with less music and drugs, and more raunchy sexual undertone and violent upheavel of slavers.
My cousin gave me a heads up about not knowing who the guy was, but technically speaking, I felt like they did what they should. Gave kind of a clumsy introduction about he and grey-worm off gambling before walking up to them. And then having Grey-Worm explicitly call him by name.
But the writing in this instance to me has betrayed the character. At least if not more than the casting. This character would not hold steady on a bet like that. There would be cheating. There would not be this wooing with flowers. He would've snapped back at the threats of being at the end of the train. And as much as the actor could give him more edge, and I do think he'll be edgier than the previous guy, it won't be enough, AND I have serious doubt about this guy's ability to sell the lethal sellsword skills either.
I had written elsewhere that I read Naharis in the books as sort of an R-Rated Jack Sparrow. Less silly for sure. And then realizing that Sparrow was based loosely on Kieth Richards, felt like maybe I was just thinking of Kieth Richards if he were more leader of desert killers and less rhythm guitar player.
It's been several years now since I plowed through the books, and while I know the story relatively well, some of the details only come back to me upon seeing the show unspool itself, and it makes for a really great experience.
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