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'Game of Thrones' series Greenlighted

Posted by Jack S. Pharaoh on Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Holy fuck, yes. I know this means nothing to almost everyone here, but I've been waiting for this since the book series was first optioned three years ago. They even released the first production still, a shot apparently from the prologue of the book. So, yes, people, deal with me starting random threads and forcing irrelevant knowledge upon you. This is how Jack does business, aggresively and in a pompous third-person. Pray I never decide to educate the lot of you about pregnancy.

http://www.thrfeed.com/2010/03/hbo-greenlights-game-of-thrones-.html

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Do they have an ad for the new trailer too?

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Posted: 8 years 21 weeks ago

No, Fizbo the Clown, the trailer is the commercial, it doesn't need its own commercial.

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Posted: 8 years 21 weeks ago

I think it does.

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You know what would be awesome?  An ad for an ad for a trailer that doesn't exist for a show that may or may not exist, based on a series of books the government won't let you buy.

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I'm not sure I mean what everybody else means when I say "awesome."

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Here's the last six lines from the commercial of the behind-the-scenes vid:

"It's very different from anything that's been done."
"It's quite a big sprawling epic story."
"Every single character is incredibly complex."
"There's parts within parts."
"There's so many twists and turns!"
"And . . . action!"

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Posted: 8 years 21 weeks ago

That's some mighty fine postin', Thursty.

Here's the third trailer (haven't watched it yet, myself).

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Posted: 8 years 21 weeks ago

I just hope they take the 30 Rock route, and at every twist, a stunned character proclaims "TWIST!"

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Posted: 8 years 21 weeks ago

I'm sure this show will be good, and I will watch it, but so far I haven't seen anything that has really engaged me.

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Yeah, I'm pretty sure this is only going to be a series for the fans. No one else will care about it. I tried to get a buddy of mine to read the books, which never happened. I won't even bother trying to get him to watch the series.

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I don't mind that I haven't read the books.  There has been enough positive buzz about the books that I'm keen to see it.  I mean, I haven't read The Walking Dead, The Sookie Stackhouse books, or Dexter, but I am a fan of all of those adaptations.

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Is Peter Dinklage playing a character who's supposed to be a dwarf, or is he playing a character who, in the books, was described as a person of average height?

I'd like to see Peter Dinklage playing more roles that make no note of his size. I want to read a story where Edward Norton (or some other actor of average proportions) drops out of a role and is replaced by Peter Dinklage.

I want this because I am a condescending, reverse sizist tool who wants to pretend like nobody ever notices that little people are little.

At the same time, though, I like Peter Dinklage, and want to see him in more stuff.

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Peter Dinklage's character is a deformed dwarf, so on the plus side, they're only making him a dwarf.

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The Swollen Goi... wrote:

Is Peter Dinklage playing a character who's supposed to be a dwarf, or is he playing a character who, in the books, was described as a person of average height? I'd like to see Peter Dinklage playing more roles that make no note of his size.

It would be cool for Dinklage to get a role that didn't have his height in mind, but that is not the case here: his character, Tyrion Lannister, is a dwarf (a short man, not a Gimli dwarf), and that's an important part of his character in the books. While reading the books, I thought if they were ever turned into a TV show or miniseries, his part would have to be the greatest acting opportunity any dwarf actor could hope for (I made this assumption while assuming that there aren't a lot of great or even good roles for dwarf actors). Unfortunately, there haven't been very many interviews with cast members yet that have focused on the show, so I haven't gotten a chance to find out what many of them think of the series or their roles. Here's a brief description of the character from Wikipedia:

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Tyrion Lannister, (a POV character from the start of the series) is Tywin's third child, a highly intelligent dwarf mockingly nicknamed "The Imp" and even "Halfman". Though Tyrion shares his father's talent for political maneuvering, he receives little respect from Tywin because of his deformity, sharp tongue, penchant for whoring, and the death of his mother during his birth. He is capable of cruelty to his enemies, but also has great sympathy for fellow outcasts and the mistreated. Overall, Tyrion is a classical quick-witted trickster figure.

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Jakester wrote:

I'm sure this show will be good, and I will watch it, but so far I haven't seen anything that has really engaged me.

Jeez, Jake, I can understand not getting much out of the first two teaser trailers, but this one was cool! It starts off with a beheading! And it even had some girl-on-girl action in it, and near the end there was a shot of a prostitute riding a guy. And there were swords and stuff!

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IT DOES NOT ENGAGE!!!!!!!!!!

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<joke mode="Dalty">It's afraid of commitment.</joke>

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Or would he spell it "coummitment"?

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Dalty would put a "u" into "him."  That would make it "hium."

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And then he'd give God a kick in the dick.

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Back on subject (AHEM!), this is what Tyrion SHOULD have looked like:

http://images2.fanpop.com/image/photos/14400000/fat-ugly-troll-merlin-on-bbc-14479281-460-276.jpg

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Posted: 8 years 20 weeks ago

Here's the ten-minute "Making Of" video; still trying to watch it. Have a torrent going that is eating up all of my bandwidth, and won't be done for another half-hour.

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Have watched it a couple times now, and don't know how it will come off to people who haven't read the book, but for me it was just awesome.  There were several lines that were right out of the book.  I liked how all of the characters came off, and we got our first look at some cool props as well: Daenarys with one of her dragon eggs, and an unpainted, foam dragon skull.

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It looks interesting, even if I was a little annoyed by being told how the characters are all complex and inner-turmoil-y.  Also, my brain scoffs whenever it encounters any "Trust no one!" scene.

Knowing next to nothing about the books, I was surprised how slight the supernatural element was.  Are there any sorts of mythic beasts encountered at any point, or is it all mostly "real world" stuff?

Actors probably shouldn't be allowed to talk about their characters.  They usually come off sounding pretty stupid.

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The Swollen Goi... wrote:

It looks interesting, even if I was a little annoyed by being told how the characters are all complex and inner-turmoil-y.  Also, my brain scoffs whenever it encounters any "Trust no one!" scene.

I knew you weren't going to like that one, Thursty! It came to mind when we were discussing 'Temple of Doom' some months ago, I think.
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Knowing next to nothing about the books, I was surprised how slight the supernatural element was. Are there any sorts of mythic beasts encountered at any point, or is it all mostly "real world" stuff?

Yeah, there are some mythical beasts, but the book series is known for its subdued fantasy elements; it is considered by some to be the fantasy series for non-fantasy readers. The first book has been compared to stuff like 'I, Claudius'. When I first picked it up, I thought it seemed like typical fantasy: the reader, and soon viewer, encounters the "white walkers," or "Others," in the prologue, but they are not seen again in the first book. The next chapter was told from the point of view of a kid, another fantasy trope, and there the direwolves first make their appearance, in a very fantasy-styled scene. After that, except for the continued presence of the direwolves, who aren't very supernatural (in the books they will grow to the size of ponies, but are small in the beginning), fantasy elements are almost non-existent in the first book, until the very end. As the books progress, it becomes apparent that magic has sort of dwindled in this world over the centuries, and most educated people in the western continent no longer put much stock in it, but that in the present it is on the upswing again. Some readers of the books complain about this: they enjoy the storyline as it comes across in the first book so much, and I guess they feel the fantasy elements that are introduced in subsequent books sort of pervert that. I can kind of see their point, and I hope the story never becomes too fantasy-ish. The fandom for the books is a mix of fantasy-book lovers, and people who never read that stuff at all; the fantasy crowd seems to love characters like Jon Snow and Daenarys, while some people on the other side tend to hate those characters and wish they would die.