Game Of Thrones: The Kingsroad (2×01)

The Kingsroad

My thoughts:

I really liked when Tyrion hit Joffrey taking him down a few notches. I know he’s only been in two episodes, but I know how his character is developing because I’ve read ahead. Just to be clear I’m in no way condoning hitting children in real life, but this is fiction and thus I don’t have any problems with it.

I like the conversation between Tyrion and Jon when they settle down for the night on the way to the Wall. Both are outsiders in their respective families. Tyrion is a dwarf and frowned upon while Jon is a bastard.

It was so sad when Lady was killed! I think it was a misconduct of justice what happened. Actually I think Nymeria is way more dangerous than Lady when it comes down to it. However Arya was clever by sending Nymeria away because she knew what would happen. It was just unfortunate it happened to claim Lady’s life instead.

I’’m still bored with Daenerys storyline and I actually had to restrain myself for not skipping it entirely. In theory it’s a great idea having multiple storylines running at the same time, but it’s a problem when people (read: me) find they (red:I) don’t care about one of them.

Bran waking up was so heartwarming and great. I can’t wait to see what happens next (though I’ve read about it).

Starring: Sean Bean (Lord Eddard Stark), Mark Addy (King Robert Baratheon), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Ser Jaime Lannister), Michelle Fairley (Lady Catelyn Stark), Lena Headey (Queen Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Princess Daenerys Targaryen), Iain Glen (Ser Jorah Mormont), Harry Lloyd (Prince Viserys Targaryen), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), richard Madden (Robb Stark), Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark), Jack Gleeson (Prince Joffrey Baratheon), Rory McCann (Sandor Clegane), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) & Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo)

Written by: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss
Directed by:Tim Van Patten
Original Air Date: April 24, 2011

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White Horus and Black Heimdall

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has been cast as the Egyptian sun God Horus in the upcoming film Gods of Egypt and there’s already an out cry among fans that a white dude can’t play an Egyptian God. There are actually no real source to back up whether Horus was black, tanned or white. I’d say go with the flow and getting a good actor is better than a bad one of the right color.

A prime example is from the 2011 film, Thor where Idris Elba was cast Heimdall! Thor and Heimdall is part of the Northern Mythology and is whiter than white since the mythology has its roots in Northern Europe. Idris Elba is simply a good actor that many people who had been against the casting choice had to back peddle really fast when the film was released because they forgot the color of the actor.

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Black Heimdall (Idris Elba)Nikolaj Coster-Waldau would probably have been suited better to play Heimdall like Idris Elba probably would have been better suited playing Horus. However this is not the case and people will just have to eat it. I know I’m from Denmark and I’m very proud of Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and his achievements internationally, but this isn’t the reason why I’m writing this. I believe the best actor should get the part no matter skin color, eye color or hair color. Film makers are entitled to take liberties otherwise they could make a documentary where everything have to based on legit facts and sources.

I can’t for the life of me understand why people can’t see this and be happy someone actually decides to make a movie about something they know. Granted Marvel altered Thor and the rest of the Northern Mythology so much in their aspirations in creating a new superhero that it isn’t far fetched to think Heimdall might/could be black in their universe. After all they did give Thor a new hair color. He is a fiery red head in the myths, but blond in the Marvel comics and films.

The people, who is whining over this should have a reality check. This is just a movie and there are so much awful stuff happening in the world right now. Ukraine is in shambles with Russia putting pressure on them. ISIS are killing people left and right in Syria and Northern Iraq just because they don’t believe in the same God as them. And don’t get me started on the conflict in Israel.

Game of Thrones: Winter is Coming (1×01)

I had this idea that I wanted to read all the books in the ongoing series A Song of Ice and Fire before sitting down to watch the TV-series, Game of Thrones. However the books have collected dust on my shelf for the past two years and I’ve only managed to read the first book. Then my friend texted me and told me that he wanted to watch Game of Thrones. Well, I jumped at the opportunity of having someone to watch it with albeit not together since we live far away from each other. So now I’m very excited to see what the TV-series will be like. Actually I have a confession to make since I know a lot about the show because I cheated and read recaps and reviews because I couldn’t help myself. Let’s get the show on the road by starting with my thoughts on Game of Thrones, Season 1, Episode 1 titled Winter is Coming.

Winter Is Coming

My Thoughts:

I had a little difficulty differentiating the actor’s playing Jon Snow and Robb Stark! They both have dark curly hair and are built almost the same. I guess I’ll learn to tell them apart the farther I get in the show. It might help that they don’t really share many scenes after episode 1 as far as I know. Sean Bean was fantastic in the role of Ned Stark. I’ve liked him ever since I saw him in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I know many fans know him for other things, but he didn’t disappoint me one bit in the first episode.

I think Michelle Fairly played Hermione’s mother in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. I’ll have to look it up when I get near a place with an internet connection. But I’m almost certain. The child actors (Sansa, Arya, Bran and Joffrey) seem to keep up with the adults almost toe to toe and it’s great. They are three rare gems that the casting director has found.

I’m impressed with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and his almost nonexistent accent. I remember watching him in”Nattevagten” (”The Night Watch”) some years ago and predicted he would break through the wall to the American marked – and that he did. Most foreign actors have a dreadful accent (take a look at fellow Dane, Mads Mikkelsen and compared him to NCW), but NCW passes with flying colors. I heard he never slipped during the first episode.

The thing that shocked me the most was when Jaime pushed Bran out of the window because he discovered Cersei and Jaime having sex. They essentially committed a crime by being together, incest; they’re siblings for goodness sakes.

Their sex scene was actually not the most uncomfortable part of the show. No it was Viserys fondling Daenerys and the latter’s first time with Khal Drogo. I was almost unable to watch these two scenes because she looked so distraught and she flat out cried when having sex with Khal Drogo. At least Cersei and Jaime enjoyed themselves in a squeaky and f**ked up way.

The title of the episodes comes from House Stark’s motto which is Winter is Coming and it sets the mood for what is to come. Not that a decapitation and full frontal female nudity in the first episode didn’t. However this is to be expected when it’s HBO because I know they never shy away from having sex scenes, gore and nudity which is rather nice since shows on network television tend to a little light and they don’t dare stray from the norms.

A ward is essentially a hostage. Theon was taken in as a ward after his father Balon Greyjoy rebelled against the king to keep Balon in line.

Starring: Sean Bean (Lord Eddard “Ned” Stark), Mark Addy (King Robert Baratheon), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Ser Jaime Lannister), Michelle Fairley (Lady Catelyn Stark), Emilia Clarke (Princess Daenerys Targaryen), Iain Glen (Ser Jorah Mormont), Harry Lloyd (Prince Viserys Targaryen), Kit Harrington (Jon Snow), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Richard Madden (Robb Stark), Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Isaac Hampstead-Wright (Brandon “Bran” Stark), Jack Gleeson (Joffrey Baratheon), Rory McCann (Sandor “the Hound” Glegane), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) & Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo)

Written by: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss
Directed by:Tim Van Patten
Original Air Date: April 17, 2011