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0:03 - Gorgeous shot of "The Wall". Really sets the mood.
0:05 - How nice of them to arrange the corpses in a tidy circular pattern.
0:07 - Uh oh corpses are gone, this won't be ending well for anyone I'd wager.
0:09 - Love the look of "The Others".
0:10 - Ok great opening scene almost identical to the book. Off to a solid start.
0:11 - Opening credits are nicely done. Liking the effects with the different points of interest popping out of the map. Wonder if the places will change with each season. . .
0:12 - Amazing shot of Winterfell. They are really knocking it out of the park here with the scenery.
0:14 - That's one impressive sword!
0:16 - 16 minutes in and we already have our second beheadding.
0:17 - Not too sure how keen I am on this kid they have playing Brann. Maybe he will grow on me.
0:19 - Nice bit of foreshadowing there with Theon.
0:20 - Unlike Brann I'm like the Kit Harrington guy they got for Jon Snow.
0:21 - Another absolutely amazing shot, this time of King's Landing.
0:21 - Ya know I really could of done without the stones with painted eyes. It just made him look REALLY surprised, not dead, and it made me chuckle.
0:22 - Ok complaint number one: Jamie has long hair. Really, would it have been too hard to make them slap a wig on him. They obviously did it with Dany so why not Jamie too.
0:23 - Heh, fucking boars and hunting whores.
0:24 - Not only is he dead but then they put these ridiculous looking stones on his eyes.
0:27 - They really nailed the look of The Hound's helmet. Also, I'm digging the girl they got for Arya.
0:33 - aaaaand we have boobs! Now this feels like the books.
0:35 - Good scene with Jamie and Tyrion did a lot to establish their relationship and to introduce folks to Tyrion.
0:37 - Harry Lloyd absolutely nails Viserys.
0:39 - Ok Kahl Drogo looks more like a cheesey 80s rock star with that eyeliner on than he does a barbarian warlord.
0:41 - Just in case you didn't catch it the first time Harry Lloyd is playing the perfect Viserys.
0:42 - Ack, the two characters I hate the most in the books and they are just as annoying already on TV.
0:44 - Good scene there in the stables with Jon and Tyrion. Did a lot to set up both characters nicely.
0:47 - Lena Headey is playing a spot on Cersei.
0:53 - The Dothraki wedding felt far too rushed and way too over the top and I just can't get past the fact Drogo is wearing eye make up.
0:55 - Nice bit there with Ser Jorah.
0:59 - Nothing like a little wedding night rape.
1:03 - Good place to leave off the first episode. Makes total sense.
* Gorgeous Scenery
* Great Casting
* Absolutely felt like the books
* Episode felt a little slow moving
* Couple of small inconsistancies from the books here and there
* Drogo's eye makeup
Conclusion: The positives far outweighed the negatives. This episode understandably felt like more of an exposition episode. Hopefully now that we got all the introductions out of the way we can really get moving in the next episode. Can't wait til they get to King's Landing and we can see a few more the more interesting characters like Littlefinger and Varys. Outside of a few small complaints I'd say they did a very solid job. I'll give the first episode an "A-".
Okay, some of my thoughts on the pilot:
1. The pace of the series concerns me. The pilot introduced a hell of a lot of characters, but never seemed to do anything with them aside from the "Hey, look at this guy! Remember him because maybe he'll be important later on. Now quickly, let's move on!". The series seems a little unfocused and aimless, and with new kingdoms and characters coming later on in the story, the problem can only get worse.
2. I can only begin to imagine how huge the budget for this series must be. The sets, costumes and cinematography are amazing to say the least, even by HBO standards. I really do hope the ratings can justify the show's budget in the long run.
3. So far it seems like the Stark's storyline will be the thing that keeps me coming back to the show, with the Targaryens' close behind. The other characters don't seem that interesting right off the bat, but keeping in mind that this was only the pilot episode I don't think it will be a concern in the future.
1) It was the pilot. They had to get all of the exposition out of the way, and I'm glad they didn't drag that out for long. I think that they'll get things moving faster in the next few episodes. The book was the exact same way with the exposition, but once Ned gets to Kings Landing things start moving faster.
2) HBO always puts a lot of money behind its series. Deadwood and Rome (Bad examples because they got canceled, I know) had giant budgets, but they still got multiple seasons. Plus, HBO seems to be pushing this show hard with how much they're airing the pilot, and how quickly they renewed it.
3) I've got bad news about the Starks in the long run....
4) HELL YES! I wish that there had been more of him in the pilot! I can't wait 'till we get to Clash of Kings and Tyrion gets a bigger part.