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Game of Thrones: What Did You Think?

What Did You Think of The Pointy End episode?

By Rob Vaux     June 05, 2011

Stark's (Sean Bean) family in crisis in the waning days of season one for GAME OF THRONES(2011).
© HBO/Robert Trate


The HBO Series Game of Thrones has spurred a great deal of talk – and controversy – among the fan community. Supporters love its high production values, its respect for the source material and its complex plotting. Detractors – mostly those who haven’t read the books – decry its unduly bleak tone and the Byzantine plot threads which take a lot to follow. The series has already been renewed for a second season, and author George R.R. Martin himself penned this week’s episode, in anticipation of the last two episodes of initial run.
At Mania, we’re pretty divided on the overall quality, but we want to hear what you think. Did the last episode grab you? Does Martin prove as adept a screenwriter as he is a novelist? Are the Lannisters in trouble, or are they about to nail the Starks’ coffin shut? (No spoilers, fans of the novel.)
Sound off below and let us know if you’re into the Game!


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Peggz 6/6/2011 12:19:10 AM

i have not read the books and I am absolutley loving this show, its visually entertaining, great cast and an awesome storyline.  Its a thumbs up for me.

flyinroo 6/6/2011 2:08:20 AM

Finally! We get to talk about Game of Thrones!!  YES YES YES!!

Obviously, I absolutely love this series. I have never read the books, and am not sure if I should, or just let the series unfold for me. I love how the story moves. I love the acting. I love the action. I love how it is not "dumbed down" in any way. It is compelling and intelligent. There is a conspiracy around every corner, and people who cut as deeply with their words as they do with their swords. Sean Bean is exceptional, but so is everyone in the cast. The acting is outstanding, with a special mention for Peter Dinklage who plays Tyrion Lannister (The Imp). His character is intelligent and witty, and he pummels people with sarcasm so thick that you couldnt cut through it with a lightsaber. Momoa is great as Khal Drogo, I only hope he can do the same as Conan (but not counting on it).

Game of Thrones has everything I like in a movie. In fact, its difficult, if not impossible, to find a movie being made nowadays that would approach its subject matter the way this series does. On the big screen, it would have to be made PG-13 so people can take their kids to it. I wish Hollywood would take a look at what HBO has done with this series and take us back to the days when we could have a fantasy movie where 13 years old,  is just too young for what is going on on-screen.

I hope they keep up the good work and the series has a run like The Sopranos did. Between this, and The Walking Dead, I am a very very happy person and am looking forward to new possibilities in what television has to offer.

krakken 6/6/2011 3:30:48 AM

 I was just about to start the books and the show came on.  Now I'm caught up in the show and don't want spoilers by reading the book!  LOVE the show.   Did the book have that much nudie scenes?! :)  T&A, Violence, fantasy realms, subterfuge, drama, and love...what more could u want!?

Dazzler 6/6/2011 4:22:08 AM

Show is entertaining...action where needed.  Story all over the place.  I am onboard til the end. 

TayDor 6/6/2011 4:34:31 AM

Krakken, yes.  What you see in the show is in the books.  I think they did a marvelous job of bringing the books to life.  I can't wait to see how they do some of the things to come.  :)

jedibanner 6/6/2011 5:52:25 AM

Never read the book but I like this series. It's easy to transport yourself in these new worlds and new characters. It's not ''action-packed'' as I would hope but does give a great dose and since it's on HBO, it's done well and without borders (still say Walking Dead should be on HBO).

Wiseguy 6/6/2011 6:11:31 AM

At Mania, we’re pretty divided on the overall quality, I imagine you're not talking about us who post because I see only love for the show from this side.

Hobbs 6/6/2011 6:19:49 AM

Amen wise, I constantly see nothing but praise for Thrones where ever I look from the fans.  Not to say there won't be people who dislike it. like Rob for example, but I'm thrilled to see so many fans liking it and can't wait to catch this on netflix and watch all 10 in a weekend.

I woud suspect people won't be as interested in reading the books until after the series is over.  People who don't want to wait a year to see what happens.  I saw a spike in Walking Dead graphic novels after the series was done for the season, it wouldn't surprise me to see the with the sequel to Throns, A Clash Of Kings.


rogue188 6/6/2011 6:19:58 AM

I began reading the books in anticipation of the show, and it has never failed to deliver. Most people I know who watch the show really enjoy it, and even my co-workers are picking up the books. The only complaint I have heard is most people could not get past the first episode because they thought it boring, but after episode 2 the pace picked up.

I don't really understand what the problem is here at Mania. This series of books is easily the best fantasy to come along since the Lord of Rings, and are best sellers with rave reviews. Martin has won numerous awards, including the Nebula and Hugo for these books. The HBO series has taken all the best of the books, and even managed to draw out more detail in the characters I didn't think possible. This show should be reviewed every week, and kills any competition. Camelot is a second-string carnival show compared to Game of Thrones.

I ask this website to please started reviewing each week so we can have more active discussion.

karas1 6/6/2011 6:25:03 AM

I've never  read the books and I'm loving it.  The production values are top notch and the actors are doing a fantastic job. 

Yes, folowing the story does take a little bit of concentration and I'm afraid to miss an episode lest I miss some important plot point I'll need to know in the next episode.  (This is not a series for a casual viewer.)  But I like TV that requires a little intelectual effort.  Too much of our "entertainment" is designed for people with short attention spans or to be watched while you're doing the dishes or balancing the checkbook.

Jedi, I can't see why you say there isn't enough actiion.  Between a coup in the palace, manuvering armies, guardian wolves, slave raids, sword duels and attacking zombies the last episode seemed pretty action packed to me.

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