Tagged: Game of Thrones

It’s Game of Thrones Night on HBO Now!

game of thrones night on hbo now

If you have followed me on my blog since last November, you might have noticed I am a Game of Thrones fan. I was never all that into the fantasy genre before, but after I gave into the hype of the TV show phenomenon I was hooked on it. I didn’t have HBO, so I began watching the seasons on DVD from Netflix not long after the third season finished airing. I would eagerly await the two episode DVD in the mail about every four days. If I could have binge watched three seasons in a day, I totally would have.

The series was good. It was damn good. I can’t say it any better than that!

A show like Game of Thrones is rare. I don’t think it’s often a production team comes together with an epic author, chooses such perfect acting talent, and makes magic happen to this caliber. It’s true, the writing of George R. R. Martin is the foundation, but in order to make his story visual with the level of quality it deserves, it took the right combination of people to do it (even if they mess with the original storylines).

Obviously by now I have read all of the books, and there are certain things that have been or will be cut out that I wish were to be kept in the show. However, there really is an abundance of characters and storylines. I understand why it’s not possible to include everything on the TV program. I hve a hard enough time trying to summarize it for someone who has never watched it!

Tonight, GOT premieres it’s fifth season on HBO at 8pm and I will be watching it on the new streaming service that was recently launched, HBO Now. I decided since I will not be adding an additional expensive channel set to my cable plan, I’d try this online viewing method (the first month is a free trial, and the monthly subscription plan is $14.99–I’m not being sponsored to mention anything about it, I just wanted you all to know you can watch it free for a month)!

You will have to subscribe through the iTunes App Store on a compatible device, or there is another service I have never heard of that is handling subscriptions as well. Once I downloaded the HBO Now app to my phone, I signed up for the service using the app. After that I signed in via my internet browser on my laptop so I can watch HBO programming on my computer.

I signed into the website and watched a movie last night to test out the quality of viewing and content selection. I’m a bit worried about the fact that while I was watching Capturing Mary, the sound and picture glitched a bit now and then. It might have been my connection, it may be HBO Now’s server load or a streaming issue. I’m hoping it won’t continue to be an problem, but we’ll see. It didn’t affect things too badly.

I am excited to finally be able to watch one of my favorite shows the same night the new season begins (unless the server crashes). If you tune in tonight, enjoy the season’s first episode of Game of Thrones!

 

Inspiration: A Dance with Dragons Quote

George R. R. Martin A Dance with Dragons Quote

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” -George R. R. Martin

I was catching up on some reading last night after I posted yesterday. I am about 45% through A Dance with Dragons, the fifth book in The Game of Thrones series by George R. R. Martin. I suppose it’s good I’m doing NaBloPoMo while reading that book because I can hold on to the book longer. Fellow readers can likely understand what I mean by that. Books are more than just books. We become attached to the characters and the places we read about, and sometimes it’s difficult to let them go when we are finished with the last page.

Last night, I came across a quote in A Dance with Dragons that the character Jojen said. It’s a popular quote judging by the little Kindle notation that told me 9597 highlighters had highlighted it (is that number accurate? I always wondered about that). It struck a chord with me because I feel like when I read a book, it is kind of like being someone else. What’s going on isn’t real, but you are transported to different times and places, living inside other people, knowing their thoughts, dreams, fears, and secrets. You follow them in their paths until it is time to say goodbye.

The story ends, and you find a new life in a different book to share temporarily with new characters.

Is there one book that you were really bummed to finish? What was it? Mine was the Taj Trilogy: Shadow Princess, A Feast of Roses, and The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan. Comment below!

 

10 Questions: Game of Thrones Meme

Game of Thrones Meme

I am obsessed with Game of Thrones. I love it. It’s the best thing since sliced bread and then some. I’m not just talking about the show either, the books are just as addicting to me if not more.

The fantasy genre has never really been something I was crazy about. Don’t get me wrong, there are some great fantasy movies and books out there, but I have never felt strongly compelled to give them attention. I tried watching Lord of the Rings and it really bored me. I have seen a few of the Harry Potter movies, but didn’t get into them much either. I didn’t even try with that book series.

Usually when there is a book or movie that is given a massive load of hype, I run the other way. I ran screaming from Twilight like no other (not literally)!

Game of Thrones has me though. Perhaps it’s because it’s very medieval, and I enjoy historical settings and costume. GoT isn’t history, it’s in a fictional land with a certain amount of magic and fantasy woven into a good mix of drama, action, wit, and intrigue. George R. R. Martin just had a great formula when he began the book series. It keeps the reader wanting more.

I started watching the show in order to see and understand why it was all the rage. I hadn’t read the books, and I had just watched the Tudor series on Netflix and was looking for a new show to watch. When I saw the first episode, I had been a bit leery. There was a beheading in the first half (ewww…), and I think I remember the whitewalkers (aka zombies) being in the first episode too. If you know me, you understand my hatred of zombies! Regardless, I decided to continue on.

Once I got caught up with the show, I asked myself if I wanted to delve into the books. I waited until the last season was done airing, and this August decided to crack open A Song of Ice and Fire. Now it is November and I am one fourth into A Dance With Dragons which is the fifth book. I think I might be a little lost when I am done reading it! I will have to wait until the next installment comes out before I can continue.

I thought today I would answer some GoT questions as a blog prompt or meme. If you are a follower of the show or book series, feel free to answer these questions yourself as a blog post, and put a link to your answers in the comments below!

Game of Thrones Questions

Who is your favorite GoT character?

Tyrion. His wit makes the show! Sometimes you want him to shut up so he might save his own ass from getting into yet another predicament, but he figures everyone is out to get him anyway, so why not be a smartass?

Which GoT character would you choose to be and why?

Daenerys Targaryen. I am sure that is a common choice! Although her life hasn’t been without struggle, she’s coming out on top as she gets older. She is smart, gol oriented, kind, but not one to be messed with. She is also a pretty fair ruler. This bites her in the ass sometimes, but she learns from her mistakes and proceeds with caution.

Who is your least favotite GoT character?

It’s really a tie between Joffrey, Cersei, and Tywin. The more I read of Cersei in the books however, she is the worst. I have a feeling she will get her punishment in the end.

If you had to travel across Westeros with a companion or two, who would it be? Keep in mind, there may be danger along the Kingsroad!

Jon Snow and Samwell Tarly. Weird choice, I know. I think when on a trip across Westeros, it would be good to have a strong swordsman, and someone who is really intelligent to help keep the group on track and know other useful information. Plus, between the two I am sure they have plenty of stories to pass the time!

What weapon would you choose to wield in GoT?

Either a sword like Needle if it had to be an actual piece of weaponry, or knowledge and cunning. Physical weapons are important, but if you are a fool in GoT, you won’t last long for sure.

If you were going to live in Westeros, where would you choose to make a home?

Dorne. It’s warm there, they have stayed out of a lot of political stuff, and women can rule. Also, if you were born a bastard, they don’t ostracize you as the other parts of Westeros do. The make it such a huge deal in the rest of Westeros!

If you were to live in the Eastern lands, where would you choose to make a home?

Braavos. I wouldn’t choose to live there for the climate, but it seems like such a diverse place. There appears to be something for everyone in Braavos in the books.

Where would you definitely not want to live? Name two.

I would never live in the North. I already live in the North…Minnesota should change its motto to “Winter is coming.” It’s too cold and knowing there are zombified creatures north of the Wall creeps me out. I also would never live on the Iron Islands. It sounds like such a rough place to be.

Who would you pick out of anyone from the show or the books to rule the seven kingdoms if you had the choice?

As of now, I am torn between Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen. They seem like the most level headed rulers to me, but as I continue to read the books my opinion may change!

If you were the ruler of the realm, what would your top three priorities be?

  1. Making sure the Wall was well armed and equipped.
  2. Assigning a team to plan and execute a strategy to rehabilitate the war torn areas and get food production going.
  3. Destroy Harrenhaul. That place really needs to be put to the torch. Maybe I’d do the same to the Dreadfort.

Have fun answering these questions, and don’t forget to post a link in the comments so I can read your answers!