Jul 07

I probably won’t have finished my reread by the time this arrives. I’m spoiler free but if you haven’t read all the published volumes the following speculation is spoilery since it’s about who is alive at the start of the new volume and who might not be at the end 🙂

It’s more than likely that one of the remaining major characters gets killed in this book. That means Jon, Dany or Tyrion. If none of them die then, hey!, maybe they will all make it to volume seven. I don’t see Arya or Sansa (is she still alive?) getting bumped off this volume because they haven’t actually got anywhere yet. I think Tyrion is the least likely to die, and Dany would be the most annoying to me.

Jun 22

After the awesome finale of the TV show Game of Thrones I started rereading the books to get up to speed for the fifth volume which comes out in a few weeks. So far on rereading for the first time after nearly five years it’s remarkable how closely the TV series hewed to the first book, A Game of Thrones. Lines of dialogue were lifted exactly from the book, and many others just shortened a little.

Much closer than any other adaptation I can think of, and the better for it.

May 20

Reading reviews and comments about the series Game of Thrones so far, at five episodes in, one surprising thing is the number of people who are confusing the characters Robb Stark and Theon Greyjoy. These two are getting mixed up more than any others (although Jon Snow was causing some confusion until he departed for the Wall.)

The actors don’t look much alike so I guess it must be the similar ages and same location that is confusing people. Other characters either clearly look very different or are clearly at a different location. It’s probably because there are so many characters, some of whom haven’t really done anything significant yet, that keeping them straight can be difficult.

May 03

Three episodes into the first season of HBO’s adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire and I’m a little annoyed because it’s making most of the other shows I watch seem shallow and shoddy. The good thing is that the episodes are so good I can rewatch them a few times 🙂

Apr 19

I watched the first episode of Game of Thrones last night. It’s been a while since I read the books so I can’t comment on small inaccuracies, but overall it seemed a remarkably good adaptation. I hope the show achieves sufficiently good ratings for season two to be made.

Discussion of the show here and here and here.

[Edit]

And after just one episode has aired HBO has picked up a second season of the show!

Mar 27

A Dance With Dragons now has a publication date. And the TV series starts in April. I’ll have to reread a few thousand pages before starting Dance or I won’t be able to follow it. And I still have the Patrick Rothfuss sequel to read. And I’ll need to reread the first one of those too 🙂

Mar 03

HBO greenlights ‘Game of Thrones’ to series

Winter is, indeed, coming.

HBO has greenlighted highly anticipated fantasy series “Game of Thrones.”

The premium network has picked up the project for a first season debut next spring (below is the first released photo from the series). Nine episodes plus the pilot have been ordered. Production will begin in Belfast this June.

I’m thinking this must be rather condensed to fit that few episodes.

Jan 15

HBO is stoked about how ‘Thrones’ is coming together… [From HBO: ‘Games of Thrones’ dailies ‘fantastic’]

They’ll run out of books in the series if GRRM doesn’t speed up a little. But I am looking forward to seeing this if it gets greenlit.

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