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Moriath June 18th, 2010 8:17 am

A Game of Thrones
 
Since the teaser trailer is out (Clicky here to watch it!) and we already know who's been cast for the majority of the main cast, I thought it was time for a proper thread in the TV section, where we can squee about and discuss news of the pilot as it comes our way.


If you want to discuss George R. R. Martin's fantastic and epic A Song of Ice and Fire series, you can do so here. This thread is for the upcoming series on HBO, which is based on Martin's books.

The official site is here.

Is it 2011 yet?

mysterious June 18th, 2010 11:50 am

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I like when epic sagas of Medieval times are turned into TV shows rather than movies. It provides more insight when you see the characters take shape with tiny plots being covered, rather than galloping through them all to wrap it up in 2 hrs time.

I like the trailer.

Moriath June 18th, 2010 12:39 pm

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I didn't really like the trailer and I was expecting to loooooooove it. Because I've been waiting for this pilot forever...though not as long as for the next instalment of the series. Ahem.:yuhup:

Anyway, I don't think it was very effective. If you're not into fantasy per se and don't know the series, you have zero idea what A Game of Thrones is going to be about and additionally the trailer doesn't even give you a glimpse of the characters. I mean, you shouldn't have to play a trailer frame by frame to know who's in it. I didn't really like these blink-and-miss sequences.

Lord Godric June 18th, 2010 9:19 pm

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Well there has been a distinction made that this is a teaser, not exactly a trailer. This isn't meant to show much (especially since they've only shot the Pilot and they've had to recast at least two of the main characters). This really wasn't made to tell a lot (or anything) about the show, just to give us a tease and hopefully hold us over.

Lord Godric June 19th, 2010 11:25 pm

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I was just looking up some casting news, and found most of the roles cast so far, and thought I'd share.

Game of Thrones Casting:    


  
- Eddard Stark - Sean Bean
- Jon Snow - Kit Harrington
- Robb Stark - Richard Madden
- Robert Baratheon - Mark Addy
- Cersei Baratheon - Lena Headey
- Joffrey Baratheon - Jack Gleeson
- Jamie Lannister - Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
- Tyrion Lannister - Peter Dinklage
- Catelyn Stark - Michelle Fairley (who funnily enough will be playing Mrs. Granger in DH).
- Dany - Emilia Clark
- Viserys Targaryen - Harry Lloyd (I had to use the Doctor Who picture becaues he freaked me out in that episode).
- Loras Tyrell - Finn Jones.
- Arya Stark - Maisie Williams
- Ser Rodrik Cassell - Ron Donachie
- Maester Luwin - Donald Sumpter
- Ser Jorah Mormont - Iain Glen
- Bran Stark - Isaac Hempstead-Wright
- Benjen Stark - Joseph Mawle
- Illyrio - Ian McNeice
- Khal Drogo - Jason Momoa
- Waymar Royce - Jaime Campbell Bower (who will play Grindelwald in DH).
- Sansa Stark - Sophie Turner
  



That's all I could find so far, but they'll keep casting, and I'm sure I missed someone.

flimseycauldron June 20th, 2010 1:04 am

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Ithought they had tapped someone else for Catelyn?

A few thoughts about the actors. Some look dead on at least like Drago and Dany. The boy playing Joffrey looks so sweet and we know what a horrid child/man he becomes--could be good.

Nothing on Sansa?

Lord Godric June 20th, 2010 3:05 am

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The roles of Catelyn and Dany have been recast since they shot the Pilot, meaning all the scenes with the two of them have to be reshot. Originally Jennifer Ehle played Catelyn and Tamzin Merchant played Dany.

As for Sansa, Sophie Turner will be playing her.

Mad_Druid June 20th, 2010 3:42 am

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The trailer is well made, I suppose, but it isn't anything special in that it's fairly run of the mill. Hopefully the full length trailer will be more attention-grabbing. The casting looks fantastic, although I was disappointed when Jennifer Ehle was replaced. Excitement. :clap:

flimseycauldron June 20th, 2010 4:43 am

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Thanks, LG :tu:

I really enjoyed the teaser. I wanted to know what the story was about. Why do the woods look so ominous? Why the Raven? Who are those people we see flashes of? What does winter is coming mean? If I was new to the series I would definately be intrigued. But because I know what those things mean, I would glimpse them and they'd be gone like shadows...:lol:

Moriath June 25th, 2010 10:01 pm

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GRRM just reported that PAUL ENGELEN has signed up to do the hair and makeup design for A Game of Thrones.

from GRRM's blogHis credits include Ridley Scott's recent ROBIN HOOD, Narnia, CASINO ROYALE, V FOR VENDETTA, KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, TROY, GLADIATOR, James Bond, Tarzan, A FISH CALLED WANDA, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS... oh, and something called STAR WARS too.


Exciting, no?

Lord Godric June 26th, 2010 6:17 am

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Well he's certainly got a nice résumé.

Moriath June 26th, 2010 6:23 am

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That's what I was thinking.

I just want to see the pilot already. The suspense is killing me. :yuhup:

FleurduJardin June 27th, 2010 12:23 am

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Originally Posted by flimseycauldron (Post 5551772)
Ithought they had tapped someone else for Catelyn?

I thought so too.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lord Godric (Post 5551814)
The roles of Catelyn and Dany have been recast since they shot the Pilot, meaning all the scenes with the two of them have to be reshot. Originally Jennifer Ehle played Catelyn and Tamzin Merchant played Dany.

I wonder why they recast Catelyn? Jennifer Ehle looked very good in that role. I posted a picture of her as Catelyn in the Song of Ice and Fire thread.

ETA: Actually, let me repost it here. I think she looks really good.

Jennifer Ehle as Catelyn Stark:    


With all due respect, I don't think Michelle Fairley looks as good, though she'll make a very good Mrs. Granger.

Lord Godric June 27th, 2010 4:41 am

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Originally Posted by FleurduJardin (Post 5555832)
I thought so too.


I wonder why they recast Catelyn? Jennifer Ehle looked very good in that role. I posted a picture of her as Catelyn in the Song of Ice and Fire thread.

ETA: Actually, let me repost it here. I think she looks really good.

Jennifer Ehle as Catelyn Stark:    


With all due respect, I don't think Michelle Fairley looks as good, though she'll make a very good Mrs. Granger.

I don't think it was the choice of those producing the show (and certainly not GRRM). From what I read about it, it seems like Ehle had some problems and was the one who decided to leave forcing them to recast the role.

I really have no opinion about Michelle Fairley since I've never seen her acting. While looks are certainly important in books-turned-television/movies I just really hope the acting is there as well (although I hope Catelyn has auburn hair at least, and not full out brown).

Moriath June 27th, 2010 10:36 am

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I didn't know that Ehle left the show at her own volition. I'm sorry that she won't be Catelyn. I was so excited when it was announced that she'd play the role. Oh well, I'm sure her replacement is very good, too, or else they wouldn't have cast her. I don't know anything about her.

flimseycauldron June 30th, 2010 2:41 pm

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I don't know anything about any of the actors really. I have to wonder though how true the producers are going to stay to the book. Some of the gore is pretty graphic, there's incestuousness, and what happens to Sansa and Dani is pretty horrific. I hope the actors have actually read the novels (unlike Gambon and Harry Potter! :grumble: ) And are ready to do some pretty uncomfortable scenes!

Moriath June 30th, 2010 9:26 pm

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Originally Posted by flimseycauldron (Post 5559013)
I don't know anything about any of the actors really. I have to wonder though how true the producers are going to stay to the book. Some of the gore is pretty graphic, there's incestuousness, and what happens to Sansa and Dani is pretty horrific. I hope the actors have actually read the novels (unlike Gambon and Harry Potter! :grumble: ) And are ready to do some pretty uncomfortable scenes!

Well, it's HBO. If True Blood is any indication, the show could be even more graphic than the novel.

FleurduJardin June 30th, 2010 9:34 pm

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Originally Posted by Moriath (Post 5559277)
Well, it's HBO. If True Blood is any indication, the show could be even more graphic than the novel.

Wow! I hope they don't go overboard with the ketchup! :scared:

Moriath June 30th, 2010 9:37 pm

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Originally Posted by FleurduJardin (Post 5559280)
Wow! I hope they don't go overboard with the ketchup! :scared:

No worries. As long as Alan Ball doesn't pull the strings and GRRM is involved in the writing of the scripts, we should be fine. :D Also, A Game of Thrones has a very different tone from Dead to the World. Despite the graphic aspects, it's almost high fantasy.

flimseycauldron June 30th, 2010 10:06 pm

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I guess my worry is how they handle alot of the "encounters" of the young girls. I mean Dani was how old when she met Drago and "consumated" the "marriage"? And when she comes out of the fire she is suckling the dragons. HBO is all for explicitness but I imagine they wouldn't want to come up on charges of child exploitation. I think this is an easy thing to avoid by aging the characters some though, and I imagine that is exactly what they'll do.

One thing I am happy about is that there isn't much swearing (as we know it lol) in the novels so I imagine there won't be a lot in the show either. Sometimes excessive swearing (think Sopranos) really takes me out of the show.

Moriath, I've never seen True Blood so I guess the comparison is lost on me.


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