GOT Season 7 Episode 2 Brings Back Game of Thrones

Today I watched the second episode of the seventh season of the great time killer of our time- Game of Thrones- and I wasn’t disappointed.

For starters, Tyrion Lannister finally spoke. And Arya changed her mind while John Snow made up his.

There were some who complained (or were relieved) that Game of Thrones had lost its love for  bloody  scenes after last week’s relatively calm episode. I’m sure their blood lust will be satiated by a sudden twist in the tale. 

This second episode brought back the Game of Thrones of old, characterized by sudden turns of events, unexpected deaths and  insouciant nudity.

It’s really back. The blood, the sex, the violence. The Game of Thrones continues. 

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Winter has Come

So today I watched the long awaited first episode of Game of Thrones Season 7 and it was good. It is good. 

Arya Stark is badass as expected of a faceless man, (woman?) and she gets opens the season in a totally unexpected but very much Game of Thrones way. 

Oh and there’s an archmaester Marwyn, who delivers a great line. Maesters, he says are a repository. “We are the world’s memory- without us men would be little more than dogs”. 

It’s a good start and there’s even a singing, rabbit eating Ed Sheeran in there too. The Hound  finds his whole beliefs turned on their head after mocking Lord Beric. 

Excellent I’d say. Except the smartest guy in Westeros, who happens to talk a lot, doesn’t even say a word. That’s totally unTryion. 
The Mother of Dragons herself only utters three :  “Shall we begin?” 

Yes Daenerys Storm born, Mother of Dragons, let us begin. 

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Game of Thrones is Back

Tomorrow Game of Thrones returns for the seventh season and I have to say I don’t think there’s ever been a more anticipated TV show in history. Everyone is writing about it, making predictions, analyzing past seasons and lamenting the death of Hodor.

I was initially not a big fan of the TV series but since Martin has seemingly forgotten that he’s in the middle of writing a fantasy series, I have resigned myself to the fact that I have to watch it.

It’s been over six years since he released the fifth book and in that time the TV series started and overtook the books. Used to be fun back when the TV series was just starting to threaten to drop some spoilers but it now looks like I’ll have to watch the spoilers myself.

Still, it’s a pretty good series and, like millions of other people, I can’t wait to hear Tyrion Lannister’s latest quip.

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On ‘Game of Thrones’, Piracy and Fantasy Books

Kal Drogo and Daenerys Targaryen
                                                   Kal Drogo and Daenerys Targaryen

 

Before this week I had never seen  a torrent with over 100 000 seeders (i.e 100 000 people connected to the internet sharing the same file ). Yet at one point the finale of season 5 of HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones‘, the wildly popular TV adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire Series, had over 200 000 seeders on KickAss torrents.

It became the most pirated series in history, breaking a record set by its previous season. I spent a few minutes on popular torrent sites just looking at the unbelievable numbers of seeders and marveling at the impact of technology. You see, I’m a proper geek.

The popularity of Game of Thrones and the extremely high levels of piracy also show how technology has changed our lives, both in positive and negative ways. The benefits of the internet can hardly be argued, instant access to information, sharing of data and social media are just a few examples. Without the internet many people who watched Game of Thrones would have had to wait for DVDs. In this part of the world that would have meant a really really long wait.

Of course the makers of the series will see things differently. They will, quite rightly, argue that those who download the series are criminals who should be arrested. After all, they are in the business for profits and the millions who watch the series without paying for it are defrauding HBO of millions of dollars.

So yeah, if you downloaded GOT you basically committed a crime. I’m not too sure about getting it from friends who illegally obtained it, or buying those fake DVDs in the streets. Not that you have much to worry about here anyway. Is piracy even a crime here?

Oh, and the reactions on Twitter were priceless. People seemingly haven’t come to terms with Martin’s highly unpredictable writing and his penchant for killing (or appearing to kill) well loved characters while letting wretches like Cersei Lannister live. There was outrage over the “death” of Jon Snow, Arya’s blindness, and the death of Stannis. In the books I don’t think Snow dies, he’s stabbed but it’s not explicitly stated, Arya’s sight returns and Stannis was alive in the last book (and the early chapters of the yet-to-be released Winds of Winter ).

I haven’t watched any of the seasons yet but I still think the books are better. In addition to giving you the characters’ thoughts and feelings you also get a deeper and more comprehensive view of Westeros, the East and the history of that world. And I’m told some details from the books are left out- for example I’ve heard there is no Strong Belwas in the TV version. What can be worse than that?

Whether one watches the series, reads the books or does both I think Martin’s mastery cannot be disputed. He wrote one of the finest fantasy series ever, and his gritty, dark and unpredictable style has become a template for modern fantasy writers who are changing from the traditional sword and sorcery, boy comes to age and villager to hero world saver story lines such as my favourite of all- The Wheel of Time. My only problem with him is the pace- it’s been four years since book five and no one knows when the book six is coming out.

If you like the series and want to read similar works, or just want suggestions of good fantasy series then I recommend Glen Cook’s Black Company, Anthony Ryan’s “Blood Song”, Patrick Rothfuss’ The Kingkiller Chronicle, anything by Joe Abercombie, Brian Staveley’s Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne and if you really want to read complex stuff try the Malazan series (about 15 books in total)

For the record, I did not download Game of Thrones- I’ve read the books and I don’t watch the TV series (yet).

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