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So, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about Game of Thrones. Instead of pirating it, I went ahead & added HBO to our cable package. Been through all of Season 1, & most of Season 2.

After watching all that, I'm come to a few conclusions. First, Peter Dinklage is by far the best actor in the series. Second, Sean Bean should have stuck around longer. He was the only actor besides Dinklage who made the show worth watching. Third, the actor portraying Jon Snow is doing the best he can with a character so bland they have to make everyone around him total assholes or nearly useless to prevent total apathy from killing him off. Fourth & finally, pretty much every other actor & actress are either completely inept, or saddled with a character so idiotic it's amazing they haven't stopped breathing yet.

I'm convinced that if it didn't have gratuitous nudity & required paying an MRC to get it, there's no way anyone would care about this show. If ever there was a better example of perceived value vs inherent value, this show would be it. I've seen literally dozens of anime series better than this show. The only reason I continue to watch it is out of morbid curiosity.
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I don't get it either. I think I watched about as much as you have before realizing that nothing was ever going to happen, and dropped it. I'm convinced the source material must be just as bad. =P
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sena3927 wrote:

I don't get it either. I think I watched about as much as you have before realizing that nothing was ever going to happen, and dropped it. I'm convinced the source material must be just as bad. =P


Something else I've noticed is that with the exception of Joffrey & his mother, every virtuous character is handsome or chiseled carries their age well, while everyone villainous character is either butt ugly, or has the personality of a venomous serpent.

The two words I would use to describe the series is gritty & ugly.
Posted 8/21/17
It's good because people actually die in that show.
Posted 8/21/17
The first two seasons were slow. I'll admit. It wasn't until the end of season 3 that I was hooked. Every season is great past that
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I can't speak too much for the show, since I haven't seen much of it, but I can testify that the books are excellent. Usually I don't care for books where every chapter is a different character's point of view, but George R.R. Martin does it well in that series.

I think the main reason people like Game of Thrones is that Martin is not afraid to kill people off. Usually, when one of the main characters is about to get his head chopped off in the beginning of a series, you think "oh, he's gonna get away somehow." That's not how it goes down in Game of Thrones. Honestly though, weren't you expecting them to kill off Sean Bean? I feel like he dies in the majority of shows or movies he appears in, and usually not well. Here, a death reel video for proof: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEhtsgu6bJg

The novels also have quite a bit of sex in them, but from what little saw of the show it appears they added even more than was in the novels. Can't say I like that. I decided to wait to watch the rest of the series until all the books are out, but I have no illusions that that books will be better than the show. That's how it always is.
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It's good because people actually die in that show.

This. There are actual stakes in this show and it feels like any character can die at any moment which keeps you on the edge of your seat for every episode. The first few seasons are kind of slow (and they skip most of the big battle scenes for the first few seasons because I don't think they had the same budget back then that they do now), but there's a lot of set up that pays off in later episodes. The latest seasons are lot faster, but not nearly as good I think, because they ran out of source material and are now working off of GRRM's bullet points more so than his actual writing. It's still amazing though and the battle scenes in some of the later seasons are some of the best action sequences you'll see in any TV show, or movie for that matter.
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Posted 8/22/17
I got a box set of the show as a gift, but dropped it during season 2. It just felt like a bunch of exposition with sex scenes thrown in to disguise the boring dialogue
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Element01 wrote:

It's good because people actually die in that show.

This. There are actual stakes in this show and it feels like any character can die at any moment which keeps you on the edge of your seat for every episode. The first few seasons are kind of slow (and they skip most of the big battle scenes for the first few seasons because I don't think they had the same budget back then that they do now), but there's a lot of set up that pays off in later episodes. The latest seasons are lot faster, but not nearly as good I think, because they ran out of source material and are now working off of GRRM's bullet points more so than his actual writing. It's still amazing though and the battle scenes in some of the later seasons are some of the best action sequences you'll see in any TV show, or movie for that matter.


I agree, the lastest season wasn't all that. Now that HBO has complete control over the series they're basically doing whatever they want to the story line.
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Finally, other people who are as confused as I am about the popularity of the show. I've watched most of the first two seasons and some of season three and haven't found a reason to keep watching. All I saw was nudity, back-stabbing, and the promise of some exciting stuff yet to come. Most of that I can see any where else if I wanted to.
Maybe it's like how The Walking Dead is so popular. It's popular for being popular. Again a show I haven't watched much since the third season, because I want to watch zombies against people not people against people.
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Posted 8/24/17
The "big deal" is that in all of the seasons that adapted the source material, there was tension. Any character can die, and the ASOIAF world is so rich with lore that you won't necessarily get with the show because it's limited to an extent. Also, the nudity and sex is in the novels but not to the extent as in the show in some cases. Sex sells. Sorry. Anyway, if political scheming, gritty violence, wars, dragons, ancient frozen undead, savior and doom prophecies, and some incredibly fun to hate villains with serious problems don't float your boat, then GOT isn't for you. That's ok. There's alot to enjoy from it, although I do feel like there is a section of people that like it just to like it though.
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Posted 8/25/17
suffered through more than I could, I got only a few episodes into first season and I was completely done with it. considered it a complete waste of time. I am not a fan of politics in something and don't fret I have sat through and enjoyed a lot of long series, just this one I passed on long ago.
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Personally i love the show. It's one of my favourite series ever.
I have always loved shows and video games and etc set in that sort of era though, or ah set in the medieval mythical fantasy world.

It has a great story, great characters, great acting, violence, nudity and sex, surprises, great actions and combat, castles, dragons, a drunkard dwarf, etc i mean what more could you ask for?

I absolutely love it.

It dose surprise me though at how many people do not like it or have not seen it. I work with MANY people like that.
I think it is a combination of reasons, for some people the show is too slow, for some its too hard to follow, some simply do not like to like what is popular and for others they just do not like shows about swords and castles and dragons and magic, etc

I can understand though. It took years for me to finally check out the walking dead. I was not interested but it seemed that everyone was watching it and recommending it.
Eventually i did. And i do like it and i am up to date with it (not fear the walking dead though) but i think it's a bit overrated.
Same deal with breaking bad, that show is awesome but people act like it was the best show ever. Seriously overrated.

And then there are all of these super hero movies and tv series. They do not interest me in the slightest. And yet EVERYONE loves that shit.

For me personally Game of Thrones is way better than any of that.
Comes down to personal taste i guess. And not being afraid to like what everyone else likes as well.


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