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More recent casting news from GRRM's not-a-blog:

 

Charles Dance as Tywin Lannister

Mark Stanley as Grenn

 

(edited into the full list above in post #41)

 

Sounds like GRRM has also been making some progress on vol. 5 of the book series lately. Vol. 6 too, technically, if only by way of having decided to move some completed PoV chapters there from A Dance with Dragons...

 

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A few new names for the season 1 cast, according to GRRM's not-a-blog:

 

Elyes Gabel as Jhogo

Joe Dempsie as Gendry

 

These updates have been added to the full list in post #41

 

Extras or Featured Extras will play Dany's other bloodriders, at least in season 1.

 

As for the book (Dance With Dragons), he also says he's been making progress on that too, as in he has finished one character's PoV chapters. I think it is Jorah Mormont, but he's using nicknames for the characters that come from Hanna-Barbera cartoons so it's hard to be sure.

 

He recently mentioned he decided to make some character a PoV who hadn't been planned to be one, but who made it easier for him to figure out how to resolve what he's been referring to as "the Meereenese knot" (ie. a difficult part of the story to write/resolve). Then he mentioned having finished another chapter and character, explaining that "Yogi's" part is done for this book and that the Meereenese knot has been chopped almost all the way through. Mormont's father was "The Old Bear" who commanded the Night's Watch, he is from Bear Island, he was never a PoV character before, and he happens to have been in or around Meereen when we last heard of him, so that's how I get to that conclusion. This is the 8th character whose part in Dance he is finished writing. I haven't counted the PoV characters in the other books, but it occurs to me that counting them might be worthwhile - if someone else wants to do it. GRRM's also seemingly gotten a lot of Jon Snow stuff written lately. Maybe this book really will come out eventually... some day... in the distant future. :o)

 

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These just in:

 

Lalor Roddy as the Assassin, AKA "the guy with the dagger"

Simon Lowe as the Wineseller

Mark Lewis Jones as Shagga, son of Dolf

Clive Mantle as Greatjon Umber

Susie Kelly as Masha Heddle

 

As usual, post #41 has been updated to include these.

 

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So Sunday night I'm watching the season finale of True Blood, when suddenly in the last minute of the show, we have a 1-second power failure. Thanks to to the wonders of modern technology, you can't just turn on your TV and immediately see a picture anymore like in the old days; it takes a good minute and a half for the satellite receiver to reboot, so by the time it came back on the end credits were rolling. Well, that sucked, so in disgust I turned the TV off and went to go play DDO for a bit on my laptop.

 

Then on Monday morning I get to work and check out my usual websites and guess what? George R. R. Martin's not-a-blog has an announcement that HBO was going to run a new Game of Thrones preview in connection with the True Blood finale. So it looks like maybe in my haste I caused myself to miss out on that as well. Or maybe not - anyone know whether HBO Canada also aired the new preview/trailer/whatever it's called on Sunday night? I do seem to recall the US HBO channel aired the first "teaser" for GoT before I ever saw it on HBO Canada, so maybe I only missed the end of the show after all.

 

Kang

 

PS. The new trailer is online, so it's not like I haven't seen it yet... but it would have been nice if I could have been surprised by it showing up on TV before I'd heard about it, is all.

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These just in:

 

Art Parkinson as Rickon Stark

Mia Sotiriou as the maegi Mirri Maz Duur

Elyes Gabel as Rakharo (rather than Jhogo, which was deemed to sound too much like Drogo)

 

I am getting database error messages when I try to edit these changes/additions into post 41 above, but I will keep trying and hopefully the following statement will soon be true:

 

As usual, post #41 has been updated to include these.

 

PS. I still haven't seen that new trailer ("The Raven") on HBO Canada; just on Youtube and HBO's site - HBO Canada is still showing the older "Winter is coming" teaser fairly regularly. There is also a sort of behind the scenes vid online that is sort of fun if you're interested.

 

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I didn't get to watch it on Sunday night, but finally caught it last night. So what did everyone think? I have to say that I was pretty happy with it overall. I thought that they did an excellent job of translating the book to the screen, although I kept wanting to explain to my wife that Jon Snow was a bastard about 30 minutes before they did it in the show.

 

The only thing that I didn't like about it was that I kept catching myself anticipating events I remembered from the books, and having to remind myself that at the pace the TV show should move, its going to be 3 or 4 seasons before I get to see them on screen! :lol:

 

Oh, and my absolute favorite part might just be the opening credits. The map that they use to show the lay of the land is simply incredible!

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I didn't get to watch it on Sunday night, but finally caught it last night. So what did everyone think? I have to say that I was pretty happy with it overall. I thought that they did an excellent job of translating the book to the screen, although I kept wanting to explain to my wife that Jon Snow was a bastard about 30 minutes before they did it in the show.

 

The only thing that I didn't like about it was that I kept catching myself anticipating events I remembered from the books, and having to remind myself that at the pace the TV show should move, its going to be 3 or 4 seasons before I get to see them on screen! :lol:

 

Oh, and my absolute favorite part might just be the opening credits. The map that they use to show the lay of the land is simply incredible!

 

Still haven't had the time to watch it on DVR...

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Not having read the books (blasphemy, I know), it was pretty confusing on to who was who, who was allied with who, who was sleeping with who, and who was trying to kill who.

 

I enjoyed it, and I hope that it continues, and things will become more apparent as the series moves forward. But I really would rather not watch every episode twice like I did on Sunday - good way to get me to stop watching, no matter how cool the setting is.

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I've heard from friends for years that Thrones was an awesome series and that I should read the books. Never got around to it. I was invited to a party on Sunday where we played the Game of Thrones card game and then watched the premier.

 

As far as production values go and so forth, amazing. They didn't cut silly corners, visually it was stunning..

 

Never read the books, so I'll agree with sethohman that alot of the supporting characters were just a haze of "they're all dressed alike and didn't shave this morning."

 

I felt they did a SUPER job of giving the different houses/areas different feels. Different clothing colors, different nationalities with the actors.. really good job there.

 

But here's my biggest question, because this skeeved me out pretty badly and I want to know if I should just hang this up now or what... Does everybody sleep with their sister in the books? or did they just decide "hey, this part of the book will sell on TV, let's play that up." Because that was pretty... not pretty?

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Does everybody sleep with their sister in the books? or did they just decide "hey, this part of the book will sell on TV, let's play that up." Because that was pretty... not pretty?

 

It was stuff like that. I didn't realize that they were siblings until after I watched it the second time, and my wife told me. I didn't even really know who they were, thinking 'yeah - I saw them earlier this episode'.

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Just watched the first episode and it's soooooooooooooo gooooooooooooooooooooood! This is my new weekly must see. It's great. The casting is superb!

 

Mark Addy--always loved him and this is the perfect role for him. And I'll agree with Mark--he's got a great character range. I love him in Knights Tale and Still Standing but now, having seen him in Game of Thrones, there's no one else I'd want in that role. Him and Sean "I always die" Bean are really fantastic. Believable long time friends.

 

And who doesn't want to kiss Dani?! Such a beauty!

 

Viserys would make a good elf, can't wait to see him get his due in the series. That will be such a great moment . . . the slime bucket.

 

And Drogo--can I have him? :wub: :wub: :wub: :wub: Jason Momoa is HOT. Always has been and with the dark eye make up and long braid he's even sexier. RAWR! Can't wait to see him as Conan. He makes a good Drogo.

 

to answer JD's question--there is a lot of rape and incest in the books. Martin has a very vivid imagination. The Viserys is a twisted brother who torments Dani in the books and Jamie and Sersei have a love affair. I think the justification is that this is how previous royal families kept their lines pure. I seem to remember that being mentioned in the books. But those are the only two incestuous relationships I can think of in the books.

 

Otherwise there's sex and sexual abuse in the books and men asserting power over women/girls with sex.

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Not having read the books (blasphemy, I know), it was pretty confusing on to who was who, who was allied with who, who was sleeping with who, and who was trying to kill who.

 

I enjoyed it, and I hope that it continues, and things will become more apparent as the series moves forward. But I really would rather not watch every episode twice like I did on Sunday - good way to get me to stop watching, no matter how cool the setting is.

 

 

Would you like an explanation--trying not to spoil it of who is who and what's what?

 

Otherwise, listen to the audiobooks to catch up. Good things to listen to while painting.

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Would you like an explanation--trying not to spoil it of who is who and what's what?

 

Otherwise, listen to the audiobooks to catch up. Good things to listen to while painting.

 

 

Nope. I think the series should be able to stand on its own without having to read the books. Part of the skill of making a TV show of something.

 

Cannot do audio books. Tried - just cannot stand them. Have to have pages in front of me.

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