June 03, 2013

Game of Thrones

I don't own a TV. From that we can deduce that I don't watch TV. And therefore I don't watch Game of Thrones.

I'm not likely to, either. But I'm a bit curious. Apparently last night's episode had a shocking event in it. What happened?

All I know is that the phrase "red wedding" is involved, somehow. (It was the title on a YouTube which showed people's shocked reaction to watching the event.)

(Note: the answer to my question is bound to be a spoiler. Please use spoiler tags.)

Ace won't say what happened, but he says it was handled badly in the show, shortchanged. "It was better in the book."

Dork Tower was about it, today.

UPDATE: Oh, and before anyone asks: Anime isn't TV. Anime is life. Anime doesn't count.

UPDATE: Wildassed guess:

If that's it, Dallas already did that.

UPDATE: I found this on Wikipedia:

So I guess you had to be there, as they say. It would probably be more affecting if I knew the characters and was invested in the show.

UPDATE: Pixy, formatting problem: I used to have a "quote" inside the "spoiler" tag, and it displayed in clear. I rearranged it with the "spoiler" inside the "quote" and now it's hidden.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in General Entertainment at 04:33 PM | Comments (11) | Add Comment
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1 Perhaps one of your readers who is familiar with Game of Thrones could restate the plot twist as if it had happened in a popular anime series (in spoiler tags, of course).  For example, could the events have taken place in Girls und Panzers?

Posted by: Siergen at June 03, 2013 05:47 PM (Ao4Kw)

2 I haven't been watching the TV show, but it was quite the shocking event in the book.  The whole wedding was fraught to begin with, what with Robb having changed his mind on who he would marry several times, and offending everyone in the process.  In the process he went from having won every battle he'd fought to being more obviously vulnerable.  Add in the fact that he's more or less being forced to marry the daughter of the nasty back-stabber, and the reader expected some fireworks.  But  And that was a lot nastier than expected.  And from what I've heard, the TV show has done a better job of getting you involved in the characters than the books did, so it's an even bigger shock to

Posted by: David at June 03, 2013 06:20 PM (vyRm+)

3 Not in anime-land, but in understandable English:

Posted by: Wonderduck at June 03, 2013 06:36 PM (lpH3d)

4 Virtual Shackles posted a strip about that too (not specifically the ep. in question, but GoT vs books).

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at June 03, 2013 06:42 PM (RqRa5)

5 Thank you, Wonderduck. I can see how that could be pretty shocking for those not expecting it.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 03, 2013 06:43 PM (+rSRq)

6 I'll take a look at that formatty thing.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at June 04, 2013 01:00 AM (PiXy!)

7 The thing is that anyone who has read the books has known this was coming, heh.  More or less the exact same thing happened in season one, when they halfway through.  All the people who's introduction to the series was the TV show were shocked, but everyone who'd read the books were more or less waiting for it.

Posted by: RickC at June 05, 2013 05:34 AM (A9FNw)

8 Same thing happened when Anna Karenina the movie was shown in Russia with the difference that the book had been a mandatory reading in schools.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at June 05, 2013 05:52 AM (RqRa5)

9 The thing is, when that thingy happened in the first season, I was expecting it even though I hadn't read the books.

King Joffrey's parentage alone guaranteed that it would happen; Joffrey is Cersei Lannister's son and she's not exactly known for dealing lightly with her enemies...and at that point it was already obvious that Joffrey was beyond the Queen Regent's control.  The scene between him, Arya, and the butcher's boy much earlier in season one was highly instructive as to what kind of person Joffrey was, and it seemed obvious to me what was going to happen once Ned started learning the truth of things; it was just a matter of when and how, not if.

The TV series has been enjoyable, the books a bit on the plodding side, but overall I think it's been worth my time.

Posted by: atomic_fungus at June 05, 2013 02:30 PM (aEOAA)

10 AF, please use spoiler tags.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 05, 2013 02:36 PM (+rSRq)

11 I don't 100% agree with AF:  Cersei has a far greater opinion of herself than is warranted, and thought she could make Joffrey do what she wanted.  Unfortunately, she'd raised and that incident is when she found out she'd created a monster.
Regarding the books being plodding, it worked (?) for Ayn Rand and Terry Goodkind.  Who doesn't like 3-page descriptions of the food at a feast, or a 6-page monologue a normal person could have gotten out in a couple of paragraphs?

Posted by: RickC at June 05, 2013 02:45 PM (WQ6Vb)

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