I’ve had enough of the news this week, haven’t you?  We need a distraction.  I know!  How about we discuss a show centered around political conspiracies, foreign intrigue, and nepotism?

Truth be told, I don’t watch the show, per se, and won’t be watching the Season Premiere tonight.  Instead, I watch YouTube compilations of scenes from the show that focus on the characters and storylines I’m most interested in.  Yes, I know, my attention span i

It’s funny because I didn’t like the show when I gave it a try a few years ago, mostly because the narrative style of jumping the story from character to character and taking several episodes to connect anything to anything drove me nuts.  I couldn’t get into it.

My sister thought I was wrong, so she bought me the books. Once I read them, I found that I liked the story and the world, but was annoyed that the books use the exact same narrative style as the show.  Frequently, I would find myself skipping ahead several chapters to find out what happened after a previous chapter detailing events involving a particular character left off.  When I was satisfied, I’d go back and read the less engaging stuff I skipped.

I was perfectly content to not watch the show at all, but as you know GRRM isn’t in a big hurry to finish the novels.  I pretty much had no choice but to get up to speed on the show’s divergences and follow along the best I could.  Can’t say I have any desire to watch the show from the beginning even now though.

So which storylines and characters are most interesting to me, you may ask?  The Lannisters and everything closely related to them, particularly events around King’s Landing.  With Cersei, Joffrey, and Tywin they have the best and most hateable villains along with the lovable Tyrion and very complex Jaime (my favorite character).  Their stories are those that I was most closely following.  Of course, the show now has Tyrion with Dany so I’m forced to keep up with her (I think she’s dull so go on and strike me down with your hatred).

Anyway, let’s talk about it. Any predictions, hopes, or  expectations for this season?

Feel free to drop spoilers after the episode airs.

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Zurvan

It’s funny because I didn’t like the show when I gave it a try a few years ago, mostly because the narrative style of jumping the story from character to character and taking several episodes to connect anything to anything drove me nuts. I couldn’t get into it. … Once I read them, I found that I liked the story and the world, but was annoyed that the books use the exact same narrative style as the show. Frequently, I would find myself skipping ahead several chapters to find out what happened after a previous chapter detailing events involving a… Read more »

I don’t watch the show that much either although I’m still upset about Hodor…Jon Snow is kind of a hapless character IMO; he’s willing to fight but largely unable (or unwilling) to lead. The assassin girl is actually the most competent character in that at least she’s got her priorities and is sticking to them.

It would be great karma if the little guy wound up running Westeros. Also The Strain premiers tonight.

Read all the books before the show came out. What I particularly like a was how close to the first novel the 1st season was…

Tywin Lanister, I really liked him, hard ass, but carried
through.

kevinmkr

That was a terrific premiere. Arya. Good God. Now, Euron Greyjoy promised Cersei a gift. He’s a shitty, arrogant, back-stabbing piece of crap. Even with his fleet. So, whatever he brings to woo her, it’s going to be big. My guess is that it’s going to be a person — a major character. That’s the only thing that’s going to blow Cersei’s mind *and* allow GRRM another major head mounted on his wall. So, here are my guesses as to that person: 1) Tyrion. Is there a bigger prize in Cersei’s eyes? It would be damn near impossible for Euron… Read more »

kevinmkr

1) You’re right. And I have faith that it won’t be that simple. But she’s definitely not done collecting scalps. 2) Sarah was incensed afterwards thinking that the entire scene existed just to shoehorn Ed Sheeran into an episode. I told her to be patient since the musical cameos have tended to be used within the context of bigger things and have not, in and of themselves, been gratuitous. I expect that there will be something that comes of that meeting. 4) Try an Iron Islands Apple Fratricider. Available at the finest pubs in Westeros! 5) Littlefinger has already been… Read more »

kevinmkr

That’s a good guess regarding the dragon. I’m going to remember to give you credit if it comes to pass.

kevinmkr

Not sure if you followed up on the backstory with the dead father/daughter in that house but there is one. I hadn’t remembered. But it makes that portion all the more poignant.

kevinmkr

Somewhere, there’s a brewery startup looking for a clever beverage name creator. I’m chocolate looking for my peanut butter. I’m sure riches await.

kevinmkr

I think you’re right about the Hound and the Mountain, which is a probably just going to be a letdown. The Mountain seems to have superhuman strength now. Unless there’s some Lord of Light deus ex machina bs, the Hound wouldn’t stand a chance.

Judge Dredd, Pro Se

Jon Snow is showing the kind of humility and even handedness in leadership that gets one killed in this universe, but I did shed a little tear of joy when abdicated the sins of the fathers from the children of his backstabbers, restored their claims to land and made them swear allegiance to the north again. They’re on their own footing now which is fair. The white walkers are going to be the undoing of almost any attempts at allegiance in the north. I have no idea what they represent in the universe now except a Tyler Durden type of… Read more »

Judge dredd, pro se

After digesting the library part of the show I’m convinced that the white walkers are a free army to whomever can figure out how make them subjects. Fat boy found something crucial last episode and it’s lining up that the fox is in. The north has dwindling numbers and is going to a longer period of suffering before ultimately coming out on top. The south has weather on their side right now, but at dome point Jon snow will figure out how to make the walkers his subjects and turn them loose on the south. Sansa is damaged goods but… Read more »

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