'The winner of this award is a tv show that really does got it all. Knights of the Realm, swords, monsters, dragons, the supernatural…' (x)
PREACH IT, KING RENLY.
G: Favourite scene … I really liked the scene where we’re in the bedroom. (x)
Puts a whole new spin on that scene.
I think we have a winner in the Fan Service For The Lulz race.
Season 4 New Cast Members: Michiel Huisman as Daario Naharis
Hellz, yes. Fabio-lite was just all wrong. Daario is a rough-edged, sexy rogue a la Jack Sparrow, not a Ken doll with ’80s-power-pop hair.
NGL, this is probably my favorite part in the entire series…in all three seasons. I really don’t understand why they deleted this scene. Yes, there you go and break my heart all over again, GoT! *goes into a corner and weeps over a fictional character’s death & the ones left behind*
WARNING: GoT Spoilers
This. This is why I was upset at how they screwed over Loras and Renly. Why didn’t we see this? Was this scene cut just so they could give us more of Ros’s boobs or something?
Let me preface this by saying that I am not the sort of person who gets hung up on changes from source material, and am very forgiving about reducing characters roles in the interest of time or clarity.
So this post is not to complain about the lack of a pet character. I’d…
Huge thanks, Finn, for reblogging this.
I realize actors don’t get a lot of say into how their characters are written/directed/edited, but I have wondered if Finn and Gethin were at all disappointed by the unfortunate turns their characters took over the past couple of seasons. It’s true that the books, as they don’t have Loras or Renly as PoV characters, don’t give us much—in that respect, getting personal scenes with them at all is great. However, the books also make it clear, via interactions with others, exactly how intense their relationship is, and exactly how upset Loras is, and continues to be, by his beloved’s murder.
I get that there needed to be some changes to Loras because of the character-condensation thing in eliminating Garlan and Willas. However, that’s not an excuse for changing the characterization of his feelings for Renly, nor is it an excuse for the stereotype-laden scene with Loras and Sansa.
Last season, the scene with Renly and Margaery was originally written (according to Bryan Cogman) as humorous. We’re supposed to find it hilarious that this poor gay dude is getting loved up by an aggressive woman; Renly’s supposed to be a clown for our amusement. The choices that Gethin and Natalie made to instead play the scene more seriously helped immensely. Renly became not a flibbertigibit with designs on the throne, but a genuinely sympathetic character, whose plight any non-homophobic person would understand.
Which is why it’s all the more jarring that Loras was changed so much in s3. There are NO indications in the books that he was only using Renly to get his family to the throne, and yet that’s what we’re led to believe. Margaery might be a bit more cunning on that count, but Loras isn’t. His primary motivation is his love for Renly, and his desire for revenge. What we saw onscreen just wasn’t that, and that’s my biggest disappointment with the show so far.
I truly believe D&D and co. can do better on this count. I believe that they don’t have to succumb to pressure from outside forces (or perhaps ones closer to home) to give in to a discomfort with the love a man has for another and try to downplay it somehow. If The Borgias can have one of its most intense love stories be m/m, there’s no reason this show couldn’t, either. I really hope they correct this in subsequent seasons.
GoT: Thoughts on the finale and S3
Spoilers (including book spoilers) ahoy!
MAISIE WILLIAMS EVERYONE
I love this kid. Hilarious.
When I started reading the books …
(Game of Thrones spoilers below!)
GoT: the season so far
Must say, I’ve been very impressed with this season overall. It’s had some missteps—the Loras character assassination chief among them—but there have been no full-on face plants like last year’s Dany in bizarro world thing. Also pleased to see we’ve had a decent amount of male nudity, when there was so little in s2. Parity is still far off, but it’s progress. Been waiting for quite some time to see as much of Richard Madden as we got tonight. Well done on that!
Spoilers ahead! Beware!
There are a couple of things I’m still withholding judgment on. The first is swapping in Gendry for Edric. Much as I’m enjoying the Schadenfreude as the creepy Gendrya shippers pitch fits, I’d been under the impression that GRRM was holding Gendry in reserve for something; this would scotch that. The other is what we’re seeing of Theon’s torture. It’s starting to get a little gratuitous and therefore slightly boring. I preferred the book leaving a lot of that to the imagination rather than spelling it out.
Still, there are things the show does that the books do not that make it such a great complement to the story. The scenes with Littlefinger and Varys, and Tywin’s scenes with Olenna and Joffrey have been especially juicy, and we’d never have seen them otherwise, without a PoV character involved.
And the way it’s handled some of the canon scenes has been great, too. The Jaime/Brienne stuff has been sublime, even with the random dude standing in for Vargo Hoat, and Dany laying waste to Astapor was the highlight of the season so far (High Valyrian is my mother tongue, BITCHEZ.) Also enjoying the development of Margaery, beyond the rather thin picture we get on page. And of course, every time Diana Rigg is onscreen, I get goosebumps. She’s perfect.
Looking forward to seeing more of the Reeds, since there’s been so little of them, unfortunately. Of course, they’re in the story for quite some time, so there’s much still to come.
One last spoilery note: in the book, it wasn’t clear if Robb ended up with an heir. We shall see what happens with this bit of news!
Can’t believe there are only three eps left. Seasons are too short!
Also into: Game of Thrones, Sinbad, Arrow, Vikings, Continuum, Leverage, Warehouse 13, Fringe, Criminal Minds, Sherlock, LOTR/The Hobbit, BSG, Lost, Sanctuary, Downton Abbey, The Hour, Being Human (UK), Eureka, Longmire, Merlin, The Borgias, Grimm, Sleepy Hollow, Strike Back, and the MCU. Among other nerdy entertainment delights.