Nerd School: Game of Thrones S1E2 “The Kingsroad”

by Joe on April 24, 2011

Here we are at week two and overall a DRAMATIC improvement over the premiere. My biggest complaint with last week was the overall lack of character development, and here they switched it up with the plot inching forward but the characters making major strides.

A brief synopsis: Bran’s fate remains in doubt. Having agreed to become the King’s Hand, Ned leaves Winterfell with daughters Sansa and Arya, while Catelyn stays behind to tend to Bran. Jon Snow heads north to join the brotherhood of the Night’s Watch. Tyrion decides to forego the trip south with his family, instead joining Jon in the entourage heading to the Wall. Viserys bides his time in hopes of winning back the throne, while Daenerys focuses her attention on learning how to please her new husband, Drogo (from HBO Publicity) BLARG!!!

Actually the major event of this episode is Arya/Sansa/Joffey confrontation. It takes the whole episode to get there, but it is worth it. This episode really shows the deconstruction of the Stark family.

The Good: I really like that the intro is going to change from week to week, This week we see Vaes Dothrak, I’s little touches like that which make the difference.

The episode was a series of  great character scenes, but my favorite is and always will be the Tyrion/Joffey scene. I love it when snot nosed royalty get slapped.

I don’t remember if the Cersei/Catelyn scene was in the book, but it was a nice touch to really humanize Cersei.

I love little touches like Robert pissing against the tree at the start of his scene with Eddard.

Catelyn’s hatred for Jon  is so potent in the scene with him and Bran its palpable. Its just too bad they didn’t lead up to it more.

The Daenerys sexytime scenes were really hot, and I’m glad we will hopefully be moving away from the non-erotic (ir-rotic?) Dothraki doggy style.

Overall I think the show has been hitting it’s stride with capturing the truly memorable scenes from the book. Especially the last 15 minutes with Joffrey.

The Bad: The scene with Jon and Jaime showed just how outclassed the younger actors are in comparison to the adults, but in a way thats good, because it shows how much growing up these kids need.

I feel they kind of spoiled the larger mystery of Jon Snow’s mother in this episode I mean it seems like more of a mystery in the book, here it just sounds like a the mother’s identity is a throwaway plot point.

Speaking of Eddard, Man, can Sean Bean get anymore stiffer? He seems so fucking wooden even when he is killing Lady there is no emotion in that man.

The scene where the assassin comes to kill Bran  is just as brutal as I remember from the book, but I need more blood, I’m used to watching Sparticus on Starz and I need my premium cable shows to be awash in blood.

The weird:

My wife pointed out to me how funky everyone looks on this show, and its true. I mean seriously Its almost as if they went with the “In The Name of the Rose” route of casting and got the weirdest looking people they could find.

Where the Fuck was Bran’s crazy third eye dream? I promised myself that I wouldn’t complain about things getting left out of the book, but c’mon that would have been acid trip gold!

Game of Thrones S1E2 “The Kingsroad”: A-

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

bento April 24, 2011 at 10:45 pm

Game of Thrones sucks.
It’s just another weak HBO soap opera right down to the tired formula:
Scene 1
ends in horrific violence
Scene 2
Two people stand in a room talking about something just long enough for it to end while your eyes are starting to close
Scene 3
Sexy time boobs and boning
Scene 4
Two more people stand or sit around talking for too long
Scene 5
More violence usually upping the ante on the first violent scene
Scene 6 and so one
Two people….You get the idea.
Make it about mobsters in modern times – Sopranos, in the olden times – Boardwalk Empire and etc.

Best part of this show is Peter Dinklage and he is so underutilized. “Dwarves are always considered bastards.” ugh great line.

Sometimes the sets look good, sometimes they look like leftovers from the early years of Hercules.

They should change the name to Game of Doggie Style.

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Joe April 25, 2011 at 7:15 am

p-dink yes is underutilized. But it’s a “game” (see what I did there) so its all political maneuvering, its about guessing the characters motivations. So there is a lot of talking. It’s both a curse and a blessing that I’ve read the books, because i know what’s going on, so maybe that’s blinding me.

I’ve already copyrighted “Game of Doggie Style”.

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jas. June 8, 2012 at 10:51 am

You probably already seen this but I just watched S1E2 so I thought I’d share.
Also, I’m already enjoying the show after just two episodes…

Tyrion Slaps Joffrey For 10 Minutes To Achilles Last Stand
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYNeT2nzEgA&feature=player_embedded

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