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Monday, June 20, 2011

Game of Thrones 1.10 Meets True Blood

From the beginning of Game of Thrones, we've had two sources of supernatural - the strange creatures of the far north, who will be coming on strong when Winter comes again, and the dragons that Daenerys is so obsesses with, in that horseman land across the sea.   Until last night, the monsters of the north were much more real.  But Game of Thrones ended its first season with a pride of real dragon hatchlings around Daenerys.

Based on just the television series so far, we don't have much information on what the dragons can do.  Certainly more massive damage than direwolves, which means that even without a horde of horsemen, Daenerys is in good shape to retake to her kingdoms and the Iron Throne.   And the horsemen will be tempted to rejoin her when they learn of the dragons.

As to the Iron Throne even without Daenerys, it does look, at this point, that Ned is dead - certainly a head that looks like his is on the pole - but it wouldn't shock me if, via some power of the north, he either returns in the future or was not truly killed in the first place.   At any rate, in his likely permanent absence, Joffrey continues as the vicious king, with Tyrion to join him as the new Hand.

As I indicated when I reviewed the George R.R. Martin's first novel in the mid-1990s, I'm not delighted with the dragons suddenly reborn at the end of this story.   That one development changes the whole story - far more profoundly than even Ned's death - and injects much more fantasy into the narrative, giving it a distant kinship with True Blood, which resumes on HBO next week.  But I'll be looking forward to where the dragons lead in Game of Thrones the next season.

See also A Game of Thrones: My 1996 Review of the First Novel ... Game of Thrones Begins Greatly on HBO ... Game of Thrones 1.2: Prince, Wolf, Bastard, Dwarf ... Games of Thrones 1.3: Genuine Demons ... Game of Thrones 1.4: Broken Things  ... Game of Thrones 1.5: Ned Under Seige ... Game of Thrones 1.6: Molten Ever After ... Games of Thrones 1.7: Swiveling Pieces ... Game of Thrones 1.8: Star Wars of the Realms ... Game of Thrones 1.9: Is Ned Really Dead?

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Robert K. Blechman said...

Of course George RR Martin has not yet ompleted his Song of Ice and Fire series, but I'm willing to bet dollars to donuts that the dragons turn out to be key to defeating the mysterious undead monsters from north of the Wall. Winter is coming!

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Paul Levinson said...

"ompleted" is good, too - sort of like completing everything (omni) ...

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M.P. Andonee said...

Keep this in mind:

He has completed a new Volume in the series, BUT not the series itself. There are 2 or 3 books yet to come, depending on how you count them. Winter has to come first. And don't forget Arya, she's pivotal to the tale.

Finally, to what we have seen so far in season 1. I know, the "eroticism" has bothered some people, but when George R.R. Martin started to write the series, his aim was to write a realistic "Fantasy" series, with details true to life. None of this polished stuff, and fairy-tale romances.

But, don't forget also, that this IS a "fantasy", so therefore, there must be dragons. For those of us who have read the first 4 books, we know that the series is called "A Song of Ice and Fire". So both play a role. Do you not like the dragons? I personally like the dragons, and so far in the series I like Daenerys' arc. The other story that amazes is that of Arya, with more surprises to come and Jon Snow.

Yet, that is what the writer wanted, so it seems he succeeded.

Adelgazar said...

Game of thrones is, probably, the best TV serie that I've ever seen.
It's raw and real like none, and reflects the European Middle Age (althought was fantastic, not historic) in all over its dimension.
The characters and the script have an incredible depth.
Perhaps, the sex scenes and explicit violence are too frequent.