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
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