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Apr. 24th, 2011 | 07:15 pm

Thoughts on episode two of HBOs Game of Thrones. This is cut for spoilers, in case anybody is worried.


Okay. I have a problem. I remember Daenarys. I remember Khal Drogo, although I may not remember how to spell his name, so if I got that wrong, forgiveness begged. What I don't remember is their relationship being so full of rape. Am I misremembering this out of a desire to have not read a "girl marries man, man rapes her, girl tries to please man, gets along better, falls in love" story? I thought Drogo was surprisingly kind and gentle to Daenarys, especially as contrasted with her vicious brother and the way he treated her. If I am remembering correctly, I guess it wasn't edgy enough? Or would take too much effort to show? I don't know, but I find the depiction of this particular relationship questionable as all Hell, given where I know it's going (supposed to go?).

Also, well played, kid who plays Joffrey. He is really rocking the smarm, the pettiness, the 'aristocratic' cruelty. I hate his Joffrey as much as I ever hated the Joffrey of the books, which is a good thing. I'd like to also say: well played, kid who plays Arya, and well played, girl who plays Sansa. Also? Well played, adorable wolves, and Tyrion, and really -- the cast is doing its job.

I do wish that the scriptwriters had slipped in some lines where someone refers to the person they're talking to by name a little more often. I'm pretty good at following, but I think that's mostly because I read the books. Honestly, it may seem a tad awkward for Robb to say, 'Thank you, Theon Greyjoy, for passing me the salt,' but you only have to do it once, and it's way more awkward for an audience to go through two episodes and still be unsure of everybody's names. (Have they mentioned Joffrey's siblings by name? I genuinely can't remember.)

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Magical Truthsaying Bastard Shadesong

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from: shadesong
date: Apr. 25th, 2011 02:20 am (UTC)
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Yeah, it's way less rapey in the books.

And yes, all the kids and many of the adults are rocking this. Except I have no idea who Lena Headey's playing that happens to have the same name as Cersei but none of the personality.

As for names, yeah, that is so not helping my poor faceblind husband, who hits pause every few minutes to ask who that is, and half the time I'm like "$PERSON, but it's okay, he hasn't been mentioned by name yet."

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Athena Andreadis, aka Helivoy

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from: helivoy
date: Apr. 25th, 2011 02:38 am (UTC)
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One of the few real surprises in the book was how gently Khal Drogo treated Daenerys. Very much not the expected cliché of "dark barbarian rapes blond princess until she learns to like it."

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Magical Truthsaying Bastard Shadesong

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from: shadesong
date: Apr. 25th, 2011 02:39 am (UTC)
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*nods* Which makes it so much more disappointing that the TV show went there with it.

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The Morrigan

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from: winters_queen
date: Apr. 25th, 2011 12:15 pm (UTC)
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I haven't read the books so I'm going into this blind. the roommate has though.

I feel so badly for the wolves. they are so cute and they are getting the bum rap and i want to smack the queen and her incest children. (cause I totally looked up the charactesr and saw who the real father was.)

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Names Is For Tombstones, Baby

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from: yagathai
date: Apr. 25th, 2011 01:53 pm (UTC)
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I feel like they don't have the time to develop the Dany-Drogo relationship the same way they did in the book, especially without Dany's internal monologue. The choice they went with, while a lot less subtle, does the same narrative heavy lifting, showing how Dany subtly shifts the power dynamic with the magic power of her girl parts.

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