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Game of Thrones: Fire and Blood

What Did You Think of the Game of Thrones Season Finale.

By Jarrod Sarafin     June 19, 2011

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

The final episode for season one of HBO's "Game of Thrones" has aired and the wait begins for next year's season two. Conflict between the houses came to a head last week and within last night's "Fire and Blood", even more alliances were made and re-birthed both by fire and by blood. Here's the place where you can discuss your opinions of the season one finale and the adaptation of George R.R. Martin's series as well as speculate on things to come. If you're a reader of the book series, please be mindful of spoilers.

Much like the previous episode, "Fire and Blood" was directed by Alan Taylor based on a script by series showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

Plot Concept: As tragic news spreads across the Seven Kingdoms, Bran and Rickon share a prophetic dream, Catelyn interrogates Jaime about her sonʼs fall, and Robbʼs destiny is forever changed. After a surprising decision by his father, Tyrion heads south. Arya assumes a new identity in an attempt to escape Kingʼs Landing, and Sansa is terrorized by Joffrey. At the Wall, Jon is forced to choose between the Nightʼs Watch and the family he left behind. Across the sea, Dany pays a terrible price for her love, but finds new hope.


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flyinroo 6/20/2011 1:27:45 AM

This series, which has been nothing but terrific, ended up doing exactly what I hate ended the season. I now have no choice but to wait impatiently for season 2. I'm already feeling the withdrawals. This episode was spectacular, which means it fell right in line with the rest of the season's episodes. I am trying so very hard to avoid reading the books so it won't ruin the story for me, but I'm not sure I can hold out. I'll need something to hold me over until the series starts up again. The next best tv series is the Walking Dead, and we still have to wait a while for that one too. So what are we to do? I watched Falling Skies tonight, which was okay. I don't know that it will be able to hold up over time though. I guess it depends on how they answer some major questions that really need to be answered in order to find credibility in the story.  We'll see what happens, but I guess I'll lower my standards just to make it through until Walking Dead starts up and I can learn to smile once again.

jdiggitty 6/20/2011 6:41:40 AM

I am going to have to read the books now. Absolutely can't wait to see what happens. This series has been fantastic from the start.

Can anyone confirn that season one covered the first book?

Hobbs 6/20/2011 6:50:46 AM

Jdiggitty, it covers the book but if you want a richer experience then read Game Of Thrones again.  No matter how good a movie or TV show is based on a book, it's never as good as the actual book.


How did Daenerys dragons look?  I want to know if the special effects were top notch or where the in lines with the scyfy channel?  Just curious.


isgrimner 6/20/2011 7:19:24 AM

I don't think you should immedialtly start reading book two of the series after just watching the series.  At least I wouldn't.  I would go back and read A Game of Thrones, it'll only take a few days most likely and there is a lot of stuff in the book that will be referanced in the other books that didn't make it on to the show.   Personally, that's why I read the books first, I knew that no matter how good the show could be, the books would be better, I've found that happens in my opinion almost all the time.  The exception being True Blood, I think the show was better than the books because the books read a little weak.


Spoiler for episode to anser Hobbs question.

The dragons were on screen for a minute or less I guess.  They looked good.  Small, like described in the books.  You didn't get to really see one out by itself if I recall correctly. One was in Dany's lap, one was suckelling at her breast and the one you got the best look at crawled up on her shoulder. 



axia777 6/20/2011 7:20:09 AM

Hobbs, the dragons were as good as any feature full theater movie would be.  As in LOTR good.  As was the entire show.  My crack GOT withdrawls will kill me.....  O.o

markeetundra 6/20/2011 7:34:42 AM

@ Hobbs... The dragons looked decent.  concidering it was not really an FX heavy show and that it was the last scene in the last episode, they had a lot of time to get the dragons right.  The true test will be next season where I'm sure they will be in more scenes and in more episodes.

ddiaz28 6/20/2011 7:39:52 AM

I agree with Hobbs about reading the books. If you haven't read them yet, DO IT! And definitely start with Game of Thrones. Don't skip the first one just because you've seen the show. There is so much they couldn't fit into the series. And I wouldn't worry about spoiling it for yourself either. I've read all the books and I had a fantastic time watching the series, even though I knew exactly where it was going. Simply seeing the characters and events you've come to love was more than enough to enjoy it.

And yes, season one covered book 1. It even had a few scenes from book 2 actually. Like the last scene with Arya and Cat's conversation with Jamie if I remember correctly.

Regarding the episode, I loved it. So many great scenes straight out of the book. We got to finally get a glimpse of a sympathetic Sansa. You actually felt for her instead of being annoyed by her naivete. Her line to Joffrey "Maybe my brother will hand me your head" was dead on. And I loved how they got Sandor in there as well to stop Sansa from her murderous thought. He can be an asshole but he has a soft side as well. And Joffrey plays the perfect dick as well. Seeing Gendry help Arya against Hot Pie was awesome. They even threw Jaqen in there, although he was hooded. They probably haven't cast him yet. I was surprised to see the Cersei scene with Lancel. Seemed early to me seeing as Jamie hasn't been gone too long. Jon's stuff was great as well. The scene in the forest was great and his conversation with Lord Mormont was perfect. It was good to finally hear everything that was going on north of the wall that had never been revealed. We finally got some resolution on the three eyed crow and got to finally see Shaggy Dog and a bit more of Rickon the invisible brother. I loved the whole King in the North scene. I almost wish they had left that for right before Danaerys' final scene which was of course, EPIC. It's exactly how I pictured the season ending. Hobbs, the dragons looked amazing. They were only on screen for a minute but they definitely threw some budget at it to make it perfect. Definitely not syfy.

I'm definitely going to miss this until it starts again. But we book readers have Dance with Dragons to keep us busy for a bit in a few weeks. Overall the season was amazing and definitely one of the best television seasons ever. I wish it could have been a bit longer. Even just 2 or 3 more episodes would have been perfect. I feel some things were a bit rushed. In the end, HBO did this amazing series justice and I have nothing but great anticipation for what they will do in the future.

jdiggitty 6/20/2011 7:50:43 AM

I'm sure you guys are right. Heading out to grab the first book now. Apparently, all the Direwolves have distinct personalities and are more important characters in the books?

TBSMOOTH 6/20/2011 8:25:13 AM

awesome...i've read all the books and can't wait til july for the next one....but man is it going to be hard to wait a year for the next season...thankfully theres alot of good shows coming in between with true blood, boardwalk empire,dexter and the walking dead....also i knew this would be awesome and just wait til hbo does a series out of american gods. by neil gaiman..that will be produced by spielburg and hanks and should continue the line of great shows that hbo creates....

Wiseguy 6/20/2011 8:53:01 AM

The dragons looked terrific, totally unexpected. I mean the dragons were unexpected but I just knew any f/x would be top notch.

It is totally infuriating having to wait another year for more. I won't even strart to describe how great I thought this show is and the episode too, I've already used most of the words I can describe its greatness but they just don't seem to do the show justice.

My eyes watered a couple of times, especially at the beginning after Eddard's beheading.

I especially loved how the men showed and vowed their loyalty to Robb as King of the North

I also liked that the rightful heir, the Baratheon kid showed he had a good heart defending Arya.

The Jon Snow stuff was excellent too. I was hoping he'd abondon the Night Watch and join Robb at first. But after listening to Sir Mormont speak, their job truly is unique and all the 7 Kingdoms depend on them, so I had a change of heart along with him, plus he said the words

Sansa appears to be overcoming her "spinelessness" finally.

And I just hope that Joffrey meets a poetic and just end

I have to go out and buy this book now. I may do this with all the seasons, watch the show first then read the book. I just could not spoil the show by reading the book, that how awesome the show is

I have all 10 episodes on my tivo so I'm thinking I'm devoting next Sunday to rewatching the season again.....and again and again...


HBO has spoiled beyond repair. I don't think I'll be able to enjoy any other show for a while. It's like seeing the aurora borealis after that no light show will ever compare

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