Well! That was...pretty good. Actually I think I may have been a little bit too hyped up for the season, as I didn't find the episode as awesome as some here. The introduction of some new characters was always going to be tough, summing up where we are since last year and setting in motion the next plots at the same time doubly so, and I think they did a good job, but I think one of the first comments on here was right:
I think this is one I need to watch again. So many plot threads going on at once. Kind of overwhelming.
There were some cool moments, definitely, and I enjoyed the heck out of the episode, but I did feel like I need an extra half hour to tell the same stuff and appreciate it all, and I know
what is going on and will go on as a bookwalker.
Joffrey Baratheon, ladies and gentlemen. Making me side with freaking Cersei. Hell, I was even hating him talking shit about Tywin, who I normally hate. He really is an evil shit, no?
He plays it very well, but my first thought in that opening scene, was that they really were not holding back on reminding us all he is a sadistic little shit, are they? He is one, and he played that scene well, but he does need to be more interesting than just fascination at how cruel and terrible he is, and I felt like they could have waited like 5 seconds at least before launching into it. Petty point I know, as that is just the sick kind of guy he is.
Watching all of Robert's bastards slaughtered was one of most brutal things I've seen on TV. And the leader of the soldiers seemed to be enjoying it a bit too much.
Brutal is right. Almost tough to watch in fact, and I liked that I thought I saw a shot of a a Goldcloak looking absolutely disgusted and wrecked by the slaughter - they may cover their faces, making it easier for us to dehumanize them and accept such barbaric acts more easily as believable, but they're people too, and even for heartless, very loyal men that kind of work would be beyond most. I'd bet there would be some defections from the Goldcloak ranks offscreen given that shot.
No kidding. After seeing this episode I'm adding visiting Dubrovnik to my bucket list. King's Landing never looked so good last year.
Though mildly disappointed in the ep (midly!), they truly have stepped up in that regard.
I loved this scene too because it does show poor judgment on both their parts. [Littlefinger] shouldn't have thrown the incest in her face like that. Idiot. I'm not sure why he thought that was a good move. But I loved her for smacking him down.
It was an interesting exchange; I would have thought he would in general be more obsequious - we still haven't seen why he is apparently so useful as to be confident enough to be so bold. I did like his panic though, like when Ned choked him. He's clever, but if someone went direct, he's not got the means to fight that kind of battle it seems.
I wasn't that impressed with Stannis, I haven't read the books but he wasn't what I pictured based on the talk in S1. I don't know, he just didn't impress me.
Nor was I, Morrigan2575
. I get where Arutha
says that may be part of the point, and why he is not been accepted as natural Baratheon ruler, but I didn't even get the impression he was that tough, a proven commander, and more just a dick. I'm sure when he has more to do I'll see it.
I'm not a fan of him either because even though Tyrion is much, much better written and acted, I get a bit of a Lana Lang/Smallville vibe of you must think this character is awesome.
Gods forbid we come to that, ElizaD
. I think there is a bit of a danger there, but I did love that scene with Cersei, and for the moment I'm loving the guy unconditionally.
I love the actress who plays Osha. She just has this presence. Everytime she's on screen I'm kind of transfixed by her. My favorite character on the show.
I'm liking her more, which is a big step up from her truly abysmal first scene in the show, which much as I love this show contained some of the worst acting I've ever seen in my life. Nice loyal little Starkling already though, isn't she?
Speaking of little Starks (Where's Rickon?!), I enjoyed Bran's scene with Maester Luwin. Good to see some actual Lordly duties being done, and a different philosophy of ruling.
Dany: Solid start, but obviously very brief.
Robb: Liked him sounding more boyish with Cat - like he is trying to be gruffer when acting 'kingly'.
Overall, a good start with a very difficult set of tasks for the showrunners, who should have an easier time of it now I think. B+, A for effort.
Edited by kieran555, Apr 2, 2012 @ 12:04 PM.