Game of Thrones - series/season 7

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Game of Thrones - series/season 7

Postby fueryIre » 17 Jul 2017, 08:39

Anyone catch the early morning broadcast of the first episode of the penultimate series earlier today?

While normally save shows up to binge, GOT is unique in that I not only watch it episode by episode, but then all in a big gulp at the end. Still have problems keeping track with all the characters though.

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Re: Game of Thrones - series/season 7

Postby PENK » 18 Jul 2017, 09:19

Pretty standard fare in the opening episode I thought. Reminders of where everyone was up to, and setting things in motion for the assorted clashes to come.

A good scene suggesting a developing power struggle between Jon and Sansa, and Sam had his best bit for about the last three series with the montage scene. If Tormund is off to the Wall, will he make his move on Brienne first, or even take her with him?

The Sheeran cameo was a bit of a cringe although I liked the undertones in the scene: the way Arya is these days, she could well have sat there sharing the blokes' food and listening to them talk about their families, and next week we'll see that she's knifed them all in their sleep.
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Re: Game of Thrones - series/season 7

Postby Geezee » 18 Jul 2017, 09:48

PENK wrote:Pretty standard fare in the opening episode I thought. Reminders of where everyone was up to, and setting things in motion for the assorted clashes to come.

A good scene suggesting a developing power struggle between Jon and Sansa, and Sam had his best bit for about the last three series with the montage scene. If Tormund is off to the Wall, will he make his move on Brienne first, or even take her with him?

The Sheeran cameo was a bit of a cringe although I liked the undertones in the scene: the way Arya is these days, she could well have sat there sharing the blokes' food and listening to them talk about their families, and next week we'll see that she's knifed them all in their sleep.


I have to say - when I first heard the singing, i thought "whoever is singing, that's actually a very nice voice" - I had no idea Sheeran was appearing so it caught me by complete surprise. I don't know if it's actually Sheeran singing (I'm assuming it must be but I can't say I recognised the voice)...either way his main line "it's a new one" or whatever it was is horrific - completely jarring, makes it sound like a pop culture reference in a series where there is no place for anything like that. I think if they'd cut that out it would've been fine - generally his actual shaggy ginger appearance otherwise vaguely lends itself it GoT - and as you say the scene itself is otherwise very good.
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Re: Game of Thrones - series/season 7

Postby PENK » 18 Jul 2017, 10:07

Sheeran's two friends (the ones with speaking parts), incidentally, were Thomas Turgoose from This Is England and Pete Postlethwaite's son.
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Re: Game of Thrones - series/season 7

Postby Tactful Cactus » 18 Jul 2017, 10:41

Watched it last night -- a strong start, the first few episodes are always the less glamorous foundations.

The only thing that continually annoys me are deaths by fantastic coincidence - this time Arya managing to poison dozens of soldiers with little effort or doubt that it wouldn't work -- they all accept the odd circumstance, they'll all drink the wine, they'll all die at the same time...job done

Agreed aswell that the Sheeran cameo was too clumpy. If you didn't know who he was you'd still know he must be somebody, just from the bad acting and him lingering too long in the frame. Less of that lads.

Apart from that, superb. The landscapes, sets, complimentary CG, superb intrigue and acting...well done

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Re: Game of Thrones - series/season 7

Postby Geezee » 18 Jul 2017, 10:47

Tactful Cactus wrote:
Apart from that, superb. The landscapes, sets, complimentary CG, superb intrigue and acting...well done


Agreed - some fantastic scenes, and what I always find fascinating is there ability to only give a character 1-2 minutes of screentime, but it still feels enough - yes, it's hard to keep track of everyone, yes it's at times bewildering, but I rarely feel short-changed that we're not getting enough character development. Agree with Penk that the Jon/Sansa friction was both very interesting but also beautifully handled - very believable, very in-line with their characters and experiences, and they are both, in their own way, right.

That dark cloud gradually appearing to then zoom up to the giant was magnificent, nearly got a hard-on.
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Re: Game of Thrones - series/season 7

Postby PENK » 18 Jul 2017, 13:06

Geezee wrote:That dark cloud gradually appearing to then zoom up to the giant was magnificent, nearly got a hard-on.


Yeah, definitely one for the "latest crush" thread.

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