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Friday, June 24, 2011

Winter Has Come and Gone!

If you follow me on Twitter, you knew this blog was inevitable.


I’m not sure how many of you have watched HBO’s Game of Thrones, but if you haven’t – you are clearly missing out. Anyone who knows me knows I can be a little finicky in all things – food, friends… Well, everything to be honest. And entertainment is no exception. I think when one tells stories for a living, no matter the medium or genre, one becomes more critical. It’s just a natural occurrence and comes with the territory. “I would have done this differently.” “Hmm. I wonder why they did that?” Or “That was a poor choice.” The days of enjoying movies, books, or television purely for entertainment really are in my past.

Game of Thrones is an exception to that rule. I cannot express how much I love this series. I cannot say it loud enough. Or tell enough people. I want everyone to experience this series and I’ve sort of become an unusual missionary of sorts, converting viewers as quickly as I can. And you know why…? Because I’m dying to talk about it with others. To dissect every well-crafted scene. To speculate on this side-long glance or that beleaguered sigh. In short - to revel in the greatness that is Game of Thrones, over and over and over again.

Last Sunday night, the season finale aired on HBO and I’m all ready going through withdrawals. (It was a fantastic episode, if you had any doubt.) But how will I possibly wait until Spring 2012 for winter to come again? Well, I have deadlines, naturally. And all of the other aspects of my life to attend to. …But…Spring 2012 is sooo very far away. I will miss it dreadfully.

To tide me over, temporarily, I have decided to host a Game-of-Thrones-athon at my house for a handful of my friends next month. I do have all the episodes still loaded on my DVR, after all. So we’ll pile into my living room for a 10 hour fun-filled, nail-biting, laughing, crying, cringing, cheering, gasping fest. I can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday. We will probably take a break for lunch and maybe dinner to discuss what has happened thus far. And I can hardly wait to share this amazing series with my dear friends.

I can also spend many joyful hours on HBO’s viewer guide – looking at maps, family crests, and family trees. I can learn more about the main characters, and not-so main ones.

I can read Game of Thrones, the first book in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. (But not the others in the series. Not yet, anyway. I want to see it on screen before I read the story. Don’t ask me why. I just do.)

What is the series about, you wonder? Martin has created a medieval/fantasy world based loosely on the War of the Roses with the families of Stark and Lannister standing in for the Yorks and Lancasters. It sports a huge ensemble cast where the ideas of good vs. bad can seem very gray, depending on whose eyes you’re seeing the world through. And in the north, there is a great wall made of ice that keeps those south of the structure safe from the wildlings and more frightening creatures on the other side. (For me this screamed Hadrian’s Wall, though that Roman barrier could never have attained the height of Martin’s wall. The structure is so high, it would tower over the Empire State Building.) For a history lover – this series is the most amazing thing since… Well, nothing even compares.

If you’ve wondered why I’ve peppered this blog with “winter” references, the answer is simple. In the land of Westeros where the majority of our heroes and heroines live – summer and winter aren’t just your average seasons. They can last decades or generations. So now I must confess – since there are probably some of you reading this who HAVE watched the series – I do know that winter hasn’t officially come yet as far as the show is concerned. (They’ve been enjoying years and years of summer thus far.) But Winter Is Coming – and when it finally does arrive, I’ll be there to watch every single frame.

Have you watched this series? Are you planning on watching this series? Would you enjoy watching a Game-of-Thrones-athon? If you have watched, who is your most favorite character and why? The most despicable? (I really could ask question after question.) Give me all of your Game of Thrones thoughts. I want to hear them all.


  1. Oh I watched the series all right. I just posted about it the other day. I think it is awesome. So well done, well acted and well directed. Really good production value for television. The only thing bad about it - I have to wait until next year to see more.

  2. I am a fan of the series. I've read the first three books. (yes, I have original covers not the redesigns) I have book 4 but because I know GRRM split book 4 into book 4 and 5...well I haven't wanted to read it until Dragons comes out. Which is finally in July.

    So I now have a problem. I want to reread the series but I do want to watch the HBO series Can I get an invite to the party? :)

  3. I've become highly intrigued because of YOU. LOL. I'm planning to watch it all very soon. And yes, if I lived closer to you, there is no doubt in my mind that I'd be hoping for an invitation to your GoT-athon.

    Anyway, I'm going to try to get the first couple of episodes at least watched this weekend. I've finally got a little bit of free time to work with, and I plan to use it toward that end. :) Then I can discuss with you.

  4. I absolutely love this post. And for very obvious reasons. I am such a fan of the series and the great job HBO has done with the production of Game of Thrones. They really took their time to make it stand out (as they often do with their series). I'm such a fan and can't wait for relive each episode while patiently (I use the word lightly) waiting for Winter to come. Spring 2012. We can do it.

  5. Wendy ~ I sooo feel your pain! The waiting is going to kill me. So... who is your favorite character? Most hated? (I mean other than Joffrey - because no one could like him.)

    Beth ~ Our mutual friend, Lydia Dare, was so excited about her Top Pick in July's RT and a quote in the same magazine. But she was equally excited to be in THAT issue because Martin has an interview in the same RT, promoting the release of Dances with Dragons. As for the GoT-athon, stop by!

    Catherine ~ If you lived even a couple hundred miles away, I would send you an invite, you well know. I can't wait, I simply can't wait for you to watch these episodes so we can talk about it. Yay!!!

    DeShelia ~ You and I have discussed this series so long and so often, I've lost track. I do know that no matter what else happens out there - you and I will be waiting for Winter To Come together, with bells on. :)

  6. I love this series! My husband read the books already and when he heard they were turning it into a TV series, he called Time Warner and upgraded our basic cable to full HD digital with HBO, LOL. We were on the edge of our seats each week watching it. I know you love Robb Stark, but I can't get enough of the Khaleesi - Daenarys. I just love her story and that final image was breathtaking.

    Joffrey is definitely my most hated character. Cersie is most definitely messed up as well, but I have to admit that I do like Tyrion, even if he is a Lannister. Brilliant series, thanks for posting about it!

  7. Our whole family loved this series. It had enough swashing and buckling for my son, enough political intrigue for my husband and enough paranormal/fantasy elements for me. I would be absolutely forlorn except that the next season of True Blood will be taking its place. Oh wait... I think the guys enjoyed the "romance" too...lol.

  8. Sarra ~ I had no idea you were watching this. We would so have talked about it!! I love that GoT is the reason your hubby upgraded to HD digital with HBO. That is awesome.

    I am IN LOVE with Robb Stark, but Daenarys is actually my favorite character. I agree about Tyrion! He is amazing despite the fact that he's a Lannister - he has the best one-liners every episode. AND he did smack Joffrey, that is reason enough to adore him. ;)

    Laura ~ True Blood will be a good temporary distraction, but it's not the same thing. WAAA! ;) But how cool to watch with your whole family. My son is too young to watch with me.

  9. Okay, okay, I'll watch it already! LOL! Maybe Eric and I will have a GoT-athon of our own this weekend. That way we can discuss in NY next week :)

  10. OMG, Jerrica! If you would that would be SOOOO awesome. You'll be in love with Robb Stark too or maybe you're more of a Khal Drogo kind of girl. We will have soo much fun!!!

  11. I seem to catch up on my tv watching and movies during the summer. Game of Thrones is at the top of my list. :)

  12. I am going to have to check this out now, aren't I? lol. I hate being out of the loop. Okay, so I'll check it out next week while you all are in NYC without me lol.

  13. Samantha ~ You will not regret it. I just wish you were closer. You could come to my GoT-athon.

    Suzie ~ Same for you... Actually, you're not too far away. You want to spend the weekend in Raleigh...?