More pics!
By Fire And Blood on in Media.

Winter Is Coming just got its meaty little hands on a number of new pics just released by HBO today. Like this one:

No new characters, really, but these are beauties. The costuming is amazing. Props to Michele Clapton!

I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves:



188 Comments

  1. paulgude
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 1:11 am | Permalink

    Damn. Amazing.

  2. Ryan Cordes
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 1:11 am | Permalink

    Just checked here on a whim. What a joy to see!

  3. Lies & Perfidy
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 1:12 am | Permalink

    That picture of Conan as Gregor doesn’t quite look real. Like one of those “find the photoshopping” things. I have to keep reminding myself “No, he’s actually just that fucking big.”

  4. Becky Wilson
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 1:28 am | Permalink

    *breathless*
    I think I’m going to have to be Team Robb which means season three will have me bawling my eyes out each episode in anticipation for the Red Wedding.

    The Mountain and the Hound. I.. I just… I am so glad that I know that Conan Stevens is a very sweet, gentle man. Holy Terrifying Batman.

    I would be Team Renly, but… well… you know…

    Alfie Allen = Perfect Theon Smiling. I know he’s up to no good.

    So many goodness things. I need to go read more. Almost done with A Clash Of Kings. Again. This year. Again.

  5. Jenn Rose
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 1:32 am | Permalink

    Sandor needs a hug. Just so happens I’m good at hugging. ;)

  6. Jessica C.
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 1:36 am | Permalink

    I love Daenery’s wedding dress. Also love all the shots of the supporting cast. Too bad there is no Loras picture.

  7. Straphe
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 1:44 am | Permalink

    Am I the only one who thinks that Cassel’s beard looks ridiculous?

  8. ruru
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 1:46 am | Permalink

    I find it weird that most of the characters match their descriptions in the book — yet the Baratheons are nothing like they’re supposed to be, and their physical attributes are actually important in the story! I guess they will work around that somehow.

    I love the costumes! Littlefinger’s especially!

  9. Phantomwriter05
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 1:46 am | Permalink

    I was about to ask if they were giving Cersei scars … But that was just her hair shadowing on her cheek.

    I got a quick question … was Jory at the Tower of Joy or Rodrick?

    Something about that scar on Rodrick reminded me about something involving a Cassel and the TOJ.

  10. Vic Sage
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 2:04 am | Permalink

    Sweet!!! :D

  11. wing
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 2:08 am | Permalink

    Man, these look awesome!

    I was actually a little underwhelmed with the Mountain’s size until I saw that pic.

  12. Nick
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 2:12 am | Permalink

    Phantomwriter05,

    Neither. It was Jory’s father and Rodrik’s brother, Martyn

  13. Charisse
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 2:23 am | Permalink

    Goodness, I think I might even have a bit of Team Barristan in me! These look amazing!!

  14. David Thomas
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 2:31 am | Permalink

    Wow, Aiden Gillen is one fine man. But who’s the fairest of them all? RENLY! And, well, that works out just perfectly for me!

    Granted, neither Renly nor Robert look anything like their descriptions in the books, but I don’t have any problem with it. Accordingly to the laws of genetics, dark hair (which all the Baratheons have) will trump blonde, even if it’s not jet black (as long as there is no recessive blonde gene). So the physical description thing still works in terms of Ned’s sleuthing as it relates to the big book that Jon Arryn points him to.

    Not that genetics mean much of anything in Westeros. Look at those Targaryens. I know there have been at least two Dornish intermarriages, and the Dornish are dark, yet the Targaryens all come out silver or silver/gold…at least the primary line does. Because the Baratheons also have Targaryen blood, yet look how dark-haired they are.

    On the other hand, the Dornish blood could explain Eyebrow-gate!

    I’m sure if we look hard enough on the web, we’ll find some geneticist who’s already drawn up charts for all the Westerosi bloodlines…

  15. KS
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 2:32 am | Permalink

    Very nice photos. And Rodrik’s sidies are just weird enough to be awesome.

  16. MetalgoddessAMB
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 2:41 am | Permalink

    Is there no color at all in Westeros?

    Brown. Tan. beige. black. blah.

    Oh! I think I saw a peasant in maroon!

    anyway, I like the style of the costumes, but the lack of any colors besides earth tones in these pictures is pretty bland.

  17. Felagund
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 2:46 am | Permalink

    Sorry to say but Renly is shamefully mis-cast :/

    All the others are great, though :)

  18. Rob Volz
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 2:50 am | Permalink

    Exponential badassery.

    Is that Janos Slynt next to Varys & Littlefinger?

  19. The_Rabbit01
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 2:54 am | Permalink

    Wow! Fanastic!

  20. Tar Kidho
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 2:54 am | Permalink

    Niiiice!

    Everytime I see Alfie Allen I’m struck at how perfect he looks as Theon, and can’t stop thinking that Paul Bettany, who could pass for Alfie’s older brother, would be perfect to play one of Theon’s uncles… (he’s got enough pathos to play Damphair)

  21. Tar Kidho
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 2:59 am | Permalink

    Felagund: Sorry to say but Renly is shamefully mis-cast :/

    Yeah, as was discussed in the Stannis casting thread, it’s gonna be difficult to find a Stannis who ‘connects’ Renly and Robert…

  22. Rose
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 2:59 am | Permalink

    Unpopular opinion: Renly looks amazing, almost exactly like I’d imagined him.

    Popular opinion: Holy hell, I want Littlefinger to be MY creepy fake daddy, if you know what I mean.

  23. Lex
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 3:17 am | Permalink

    Speechless…

  24. Emma
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 3:19 am | Permalink

    “Popular opinion: Holy hell, I want Littlefinger to be MY creepy fake daddy, if you know what I mean.”

    Bahahaha Oh God, thank you for making me spit my drink out all over my computer. Really.

    Anyway, loving these pictures!

  25. Jordan Healey
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 3:30 am | Permalink

    Rob Volz:
    Exponential badassery.

    Is that Janos Slynt next to Varys & Littlefinger?

    On the right?

    No, that’s a Stark Guardsman

  26. jude
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 3:32 am | Permalink

    Unpleasantly surprised: Renly. I thought he would be great when I saw Gethin Anthony’s picture, but he really doesn’t look anything like the dashing, flowy haired “prince dreamboat” Sansa describes him as being, and how I imagined. Also doesn’t seem like he could pull off the witty fabulousness that is Renly. They had better cast someone really unappealing as Stannis cos Renly’s “I’m much more attractive than you, thus I would clearly make a better king” comment wouldn’t fly. :)

    Pleasantly Surprised: Theon! I can’t believe how perfect he looks here

    Anyone else notice how Lena Headey doesn’t seem capable of making any other facial expression? She’s awesome, but the bit I’ve seen of her as Cersei seems really bland.

  27. Beatrice Soriani
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 3:32 am | Permalink

    Tar Kidho,

    Re: Paul Bettany
    I’d be the happiest fan in the world if that happened!

  28. Fire And Blood
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 3:33 am | Permalink

    More pics for your site, Lex!

    Get crackin’!

  29. Fire And Blood
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 3:38 am | Permalink

    The armor that the Hound is wearing looks freaking real. And heavy.

    Also, I like the cloak straps they developed for the series; that leather “x” you see beneath every cloak rather than the usual cloak clasp. Perhaps to make fighting in a cloak viable?

  30. coltaine777
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 3:40 am | Permalink

    The Costume featurette of Game of Thrones… I just watched at the Spoiler tv site….it is incredible…so much footage I have not seen before…WOW…

  31. Lex
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 3:42 am | Permalink

    They all look so fantastic. Glad to finally get a good shot of Renly (I like the casting) and Barristan… Also love the shots of Alliser Thorne and Rodrik.

  32. Fire And Blood
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 3:46 am | Permalink

    As to the lack of color … I kind of expect Highgarden and perhaps Dorne to bring the vibrant color, though it does appear as though they are using natural dyes. (Not that I actually even know anything about that.) But yes … not a lot of pastels! I kind of expected Marillion to look like a peacock.

    One thing I also haven’t seen is a lot of cleavage. Which is odd for this sort of show. But the breasteses look fully wrapped.

    (Cersei is only a skank behind closed doors.)

  33. Langkard
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 3:46 am | Permalink

    Tar Kidho:
    Niiiice!

    Everytime I see Alfie Allen I’m struck at how perfect he looks as Theon, and can’t stop thinking that Paul Bettany, who could pass for Alfie’s older brother, would be perfect to play one of Theon’s uncles… (he’s got enough pathos to play Damphair)

    An interesting idea. He does have the look to match Alfie Allen. I’d rather he be cast as Roose Bolton though. He does pale, almost death-like, so well.

    And while I’m on my casting soapbox I might as well put in my obligatory call for Mackenzie Crook as Vargo Hoat. If I keep saying it, maybe someone will listen!

  34. Wolfsong
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 3:58 am | Permalink

    Does anyone know who the guy with a bow on the thirt picture is? I just can’t figure it out.

  35. Tre Svatek
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 4:01 am | Permalink

    Tar Kidho: Yeah, as was discussed in the Stannis casting thread, it’s gonna be difficult to find a Stannis who ‘connects’ Renly and Robert…

    I dunno, I don’t think they look that far off. I don’t know if this is a popular opinion or not, but I really think like Gerard Butler could pull off an awesome Stannis, and would bridge the gap between these two perfectly. Granted I am sure he is way out of budget an all, but meh, he would be great.

    Just think people are being a little harsh on Renly without really seeing him in action. We have loved 90% of the casting already, I say we give him, Sansa, and Catelyn a break until we see the show.

  36. Morrigan
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 4:05 am | Permalink

    Wolfsong:
    Does anyone know who the guy with a bow on the thirt picture is? I just can’t figure it out.

    That’s Theon.

  37. Bilis
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 4:22 am | Permalink

    Phantomwriter05,

    Martyn Cassel (Jory’s father) was an died in the Tower of Joy.

  38. Tar Kidho
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 4:27 am | Permalink

    Tre Svatek: I really think like Gerard Butler could pull off an awesome Stannis, and would bridge the gap between these two perfectly.

    Yeah, that looks like the perfect ‘missing link’ between GoT Renly and Robert. Unfortunately though, I can’t see Gerald Butler playing a convincing Stannis. Personally, I’d like HBO to go with someone less leader-like charismatic. (but that’s been discussed in depth as well, and opinions vary in this matter also) Like I said, ‘difficult’ to bridge the gap, but as your suggestion proves not impossible. Anyway I think it’s clear that HBO should be willing to pay a decent salary to find a good Stannis…

  39. Tar Kidho
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 4:31 am | Permalink

    Langkard: An interesting idea. He does have the look to match Alfie Allen. I’d rather he be cast as Roose Bolton though. He does pale, almost death-like, so well.

    I always imagined Roose Bolton as a physically more impressive person than Paul Bettany, but would be more than happy with that casting as well. That said, the more I think about it, the more I can picture Bettany as a religious zealot, so my first pick stays Damphair.

  40. Lex
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 4:48 am | Permalink

    Stannis should be non-charismatic, somewhat unlikable.

  41. Warthorius
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 4:51 am | Permalink

    Lannister and Kingsguard helmets look silly. That can’t be practical for battle. I expected more lionlike something.

    And Renly seems to look a bit like Robert

    Everything else is amazing.

  42. ruru
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 5:35 am | Permalink

    Oh, I’m fine with Gethin Anthony as Renly. He’s handsome enough, and he’ll probably pull it off

  43. Tywin's Bastard
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 5:56 am | Permalink

    Very nice pictures. I especially love the armor of the Clegane brothers.

    And you can’t do much else than laugh at these threads when one person say that Robert and Renly need to be linked by someone else and then another says that Renly looks too much like Robert.

  44. Gravedigger
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 5:57 am | Permalink

    These pictures are stunning, it’s great to see some portraits of the supporting cast. And what a brilliant supporting cast it is. I’m so chuffed!

    Despite having silly short hair, I am firmly in support Renly’s casting. I’ve seen far less convincing hollywood siblings!! And I’m certainly not going to pick holes in his performance before I have seen more than a few seconds of it…

    Here’s an in-budget choice to provide the link between Rob & Renly: Steven Waddington as Stannis. He’s 4 yrs younger than Addy. Tall. Broad but athletic. Plays a rigid officer with a sense of entitlement in Last of The Mohicans. Before anyone says it: he might need his hair dying… ;-)

    Roll on April 18th….

  45. Kael of the Lake
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 5:58 am | Permalink

    Quite amazing pictures indeed.
    My favorites (as casting choices) are ser Barristan, Littlefinger and Samwell in that order. Worth mentioning is Janos Slynt, a face that I don’t recall picturing it but since I saw this photo it feels that this is the right one. The actor’s expression brings up all that J. Slynt is.
    I do share your feelings about Renly. Apart from the actors performance, he should look more impressive, charismatic. He should attract people by his looks, while what we have here is a common face that you may not look twice. Ok, we’ll see.
    What I do believe is a miscast are the actors for Theon and Viserys. If these two could switch roles, it would be a perfect cast. Lloyd, dark haired with a face like the Theon we’ve already seen in illustrations and Allen, a natural blond with expressions that only a Targaryen prince without a throne can have. I know I’m talking nonsense here since nothing can change and this is what it is, but I just can’t get it off my mind…

  46. Jenny
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 6:04 am | Permalink

    1. Great Hound, great Mountain

    2. are there Unsullied in the garden???

    3. About Renly: Probably they had to cast somebody less handsome since Renly is specifically said to look like a younger Robert.
    Now, let’s say, Eric Bana or Josh Hartnett or James Franco would never have passed for that.

    4. Very much like Ser B. the B.

    AND: re-reading/listening to ASOIAF right now for the dunno how manieth time in order to feed my addiction, I found that the actors’ face find their way into my head and that I really don’t mind much, on the contrary, in most cases, I find it quite delighting.
    I guess that makes for a really good cast.
    I don’t see thins Renly though, must confess as well.

  47. Blackfish Blues
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 6:08 am | Permalink

    By Rodrik’s Beard, this totally supports the bottom!

    – Anybody else felt a shiver seeing the pic of THREE Kingsguard knights riding toward us? The TOJ three should be standing (if I recall correctly), but still, wow. Cleaning those white cloaks must be the seven hells – just look at the hem. Jaime’s helmet is crooked, though.

    – Team Jory. Love the gloves.

    – Team “I want to adopt Sam”.

    – Maester Aemon is impressive in that pic. He does looks like a you-know-what. (sorry, I’m having trouble logging in and I can’t see the spoiler button.)

    – I want Robb’s belt buckles.

    – Team Barristan. Now I get what GRRM means with “windburnt face”. (GRRM says it of the Blackfish, but I guess the look would be similar.) I love the Roman haircut and shaven look; it will make That Thing more believable. (hey, this is way funnier than spoiler tags!)

    – The Hound does nod need a Team. Teams need the Hound.

    – The Mountain is his own Team.

    – OK, I get that Littlefinger (is it wrong that I mis-spelled him Littleginger?) is simply holding his hands on his belt like everybody else, but the fact that he keeps them UNDER his surcoat is brilliantly creepy. Or creepily brilliant.

    – Now I want to adopt Varys too.

    – I think the colours are deliberately de-saturated in most pics. We’ve already seen some scenes with normal colours in the promos, if I remember correctly.

  48. Jarred Melancon
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 6:49 am | Permalink

    Gillen looks fantastic. The Hound also looks worse than I though which is great as earlier screens seemed to be implying that they were toning down his burns. Theon has more of a baby face than I expected but they did the “creepy smiling” aspect down. Well Conan is Gregor, although people should note that he’s not that much taller than the people in the background but rather he’s on higher ground and is closer to the camera then they are.

    The picture of Cersei is also probably the first one I’ve seen where Headey looks like Cersei.

  49. Adam Whitehead
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 6:50 am | Permalink

    Interesting news (I think): there will be a showing of the premiere at Soho House in New York City on April 5th :)

  50. the goat
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    Jordan Healey: On the right?

    No, that’s a Stark Guardsman

    Yeah, my bad, those are obviously all Stark guards in Varys/Littlefinger pic.

    Jenny,

    Yep, that is another Unsullied cameo in the Drogo pic! Love that they added them to the Pentos scenes.

  51. SA_Avenger
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    beautiful

  52. The_Rabbit01
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    Adam,

    Have you got more info on the premiere in NYC?
    Would it be official with “red carpet” and so..?

  53. Rimshot
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 6:58 am | Permalink

    Nice photos!

    I can see a few mates in that photo of the Mountain. Believe me the photo doesn’t do justice to the size of him!

    The first time I saw him was at a unit base in Magheramorne. I was there for a scene and he was there for a costume test. I walked around the back of a catering bus and right into him. I actually did the slow stare at the legs – up the torso – to the face as my jaw dropped open!

    It was funny seeing him in between shots at the Tourney sitting on his own drinking from a juice box. A few times I nearly went to have a chat with him but couldn’t quite bring myself to do it.

  54. Adam Whitehead
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 7:01 am | Permalink

    Based on the venue, it would appear to be a closed, invitation-only event. No idea if any actors will be there or if there’ll be press or whatever. Someone who works for HBO let something slip on another forum. I’ll try to find out more.

  55. the goat
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 7:14 am | Permalink

    Adam Whitehead,

    So that’s the NYC premiere? Seems a lil early. Or is it just a press screening?

  56. Adam Whitehead
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 7:21 am | Permalink

    Looks to me like it might be a small event for HBO staffers, given their HQ is also in NYC. Still trying to find out what exactly the situation is, but definitely not a public event.

  57. Wastrel
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 7:21 am | Permalink

    Not good:
    – Renly is totally different. Doesn’t mean he won’t pull it off, though.
    – Still disappointed they didn’t give the Hound his scars. I mean, yes, if you peer hard enough you can see a bit of discolouration at one temple, but I was hoping for serious my-head-has-been-in-a-fire scars across half his face that would actually disfigure him.
    – I liked the fact that it’s all in virtually black-and-white in terms of saturation, at first. But now I think it’s just going to annoy me. Did they not have sunlight in Westeros? Did the whole world look like those aged, faded photos you see from the seventies?
    – Cersei. What a surprise, she’s got the same expression as always

    Promising:
    – Theon and Barristan. Hadn’t been impressed by either before, but their photos really convince me they have the appearance and expression to inhabit the roles. Doesn’t mean they can necessarily act, of course, which will particularly be an issue for Theon, who has a difficult job, but it’s certainly promising.

  58. Abyss
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    I love the pics but seriously, where is Aemons maester cain? Did he lost it on the privy or what?

  59. Mormegil
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    Some Great Pics

    coltaine777: The Costume featurette of Game of Thrones… I just watched at the Spoiler tv site….it is incredible…so much footage I have not seen before…WOW…

    One thing I noticed in the Costume Video was Sansa calling Arya Ah- ree- ah (as the cast do when out of character) when we’ve been told and heard in a couple of other scenes it’s Ar-ya

    Kael of the Lake: Worth mentioning is Janos Slynt, a face that I don’t recall picturing it but since I saw this photo it feels that this is the right one. The actor’s expression brings up all that J. Slynt is.

    What Janos Slynt photo? Are you sure you don’t mean Ser Alliser Thorne?

  60. Suy
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 7:40 am | Permalink

    Jory! <3

  61. Knurk
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 7:40 am | Permalink

    Ser Barriston rocks, he looks exactly like I pictured him! Can’t wait to see him in action with my favourite bad-ass Strong Belwas.

    I’m also impressed with how Renly looks, I can see him as the younger brother (or younger version) of the king, why not?

    Kael of the Lake,

    I don’t think there is any Slynt in the pictures or am I missing something?

  62. OhDanyBoy
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    Wastrel,

    Are you serious about the Hound? His one eye is permanently half closed from the scarring! He has no hair on the front right part of his head – his beard even stops part way up his cheek, and the scarring is definitely significant.

  63. Alex
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    The perfect Stannis is Mark Strong. His last big role was in the Sherlock Holmes movie, playing Lord Blackwood; before that, he was in “Stardust”, the Neil Gaiman adaptation, where he played a Stannis-like prince.

    Strong can do exactly the kind of easily slighted, humourless, reactionary hubris that characterizes Stannis, while at the same time he has the necessary kind of strong, imposing physical presence. He is also exactly the right age compared to the currently cast characters. Some photos:

    http://geektyrant.com/storage/post-images/mark-strong-sherlock-holmes.jpg
    http://cdn.binarymoon.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2007/11/stardust-mark-strong.jpg
    http://www.moviewallpaper.net/wpp/Mark_Strong_in_Rocknrolla_Wallpaper_5_1024.jpg

    Steven Waddington would also work, but his typical kind of character is the bully who is fueled by a low self-confidence. Stannis is a kind of bully, but he is driven by pride and an inflexible, deluded sense of justice more than anything.

  64. sjwenings
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    Seems like HBO putting up the Costumes thingy should be worthy of at least an inclusion in a”Quick hits” post.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_iFAjvYFo4

  65. Felagund
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    Abyss,

    Sadly, all the maesters seem to have lost their chains… (I, for myself, saw none as of yet…)

    Which is also a “small but quite annoying” feature I was complaining about before…

  66. the goat
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    Mormegil,

    Pretty sure Kael of the Lake is talking about the Thorne pic. I thought that might be Slynt in the Varys/Littlefinger pic, but its definitely a Stark guard.

    Sandor & Gregor are beyond perfect.

    Regarding the dragon eggs, i think they will start to appear more “life-like” once Dany begins placing them in the brazier.

  67. Herr Fick
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    sjwenings,

    Awesome video! Worthy of its own blog post, I think. :)

    Many thanks, sjwenings!

    By the way, do we know of any feature that has not yet been released to the public? I believe that is was actually the last of those exclusive on-demand videos, but I’m not sure…

  68. Knurk
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    Herr Fick,

    the Direwolf scene, the extended Stark feature and the ‘sort of’ new trailer. The first two can be found on youtube but they’re recorded from the tv with a camera.

  69. Abyss
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    Felagund,

    Chaingate! :-)
    Maybe it´s hidden under his clothes? – Or maybe I just fool myself here…

  70. Bobben
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    Haha, I’m team Varys, no question. From what I’ve seen so far, the actor seems to have grasped what Varys is about, but he is a complex and elusive character, and perhaps because of that one of the hardest ones to play, or at least I imagine so. Looking forward to see if he’s up to the task.

  71. OhDanyBoy
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    Abyss,

    The maesters definitely still have chains. They are actually much larger (the links are a few inches across) than in the books, and hang down close to waist length. They mostly seem to be worn outside of the maesters’ clothing, but inside any cloak, large robe or coat they have on, so in our pictures of Aemon and Pycelle we have yet to see them in any clarity.

  72. Tywin's Bastard
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    OhDanyBoy,

    Yes, the larger chains should be known to anyone who’s taken part in the Maester’s Challenge since we get a good view of five links there.

  73. Jordan Healey
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    When I first saw Renly in the previews I went errrr

    However in the extended Baratheon featurette, Gethin won me over, think he’ll do just fine – if not how we (or George) imagined him.

  74. Franny Bee
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    Blackfish Blues: – OK, I get that Littlefinger (is it wrong that I mis-spelled him Littleginger?) is simply holding his hands on his belt like everybody else, but the fact that he keeps them UNDER his surcoat is brilliantly creepy. Or creepily brilliant.

    I was thinking the same thing!! Oh Blackfish, my soul mate…

  75. Abyss
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    OhDanyBoy,
    Tywin’s Bastard,

    I know that the design of the chains has changed but I never thought it would be that much different! Thanks for the pacification. ;-)

  76. The Reader
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    Knurk,

    Do you have a link for those?

    Also – The Mountain…wow does he look scary.

  77. david ahern
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    Felagund,

    sticks out like a sore thumb doesnt he? i imagined him so much diferent. good job they got everyone else spot on :-)

  78. Tywin's Bastard
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    Jordan Healey,

    I think he’ll work well too. He had to be different since Robert is hardly taken directly from the book either and it always takes a small while before the changes feel completely natural when you’re so into the source material.

    Abyss,

    It’s a bit funny as I expect that the change is to make the chains more visible on screen, without needing to resort to unnecessary close-ups, but still people are not seeing them. :)

  79. Lina
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    I apologize to anyone who reads this, because it will probably read like the journal entry of a fourteen-year-old girl, complete with a liberal use of caps, far too many exclamation points, and a few less-than-threes thrown in for good measure. Anyway…

    That first picture is awesome! It’s just a great photo, with the Kingsguard in the front and a good amount of our characters in the back!! I see Tyrion in the center-right, Benjen behind him, Ned at the far right, and Jon in the center-left. Is anyone else there?

    Ser Rodrik looks like an old Viking or a pirate or something…just completely badass. Always loved Jory, good to see him get a portrait. Theon looks appropriately cheeky. I can’t tell if Cersei looks smug, disapproving or just confused. I wish she’d turn up the bitch a bit more, though I guess she’s trying to behave herself in Winterfell. JON! <3 and oh hi Sam. Can’t wait to see their bromance on screen (though not as much as Jon-Robb bromance). Is that Aemon? His eyes look glassy. Aliser Thorne, oh whatever. His facial expression does speak for his character though: worn-out, bitter master at arms.

    ROBB, yes!!! <3 <3. Ahh Barristan! He looks AWESOME! This is the first close-up we’ve seen of him right? YES, he looks old but still totally capable and, well, bold! Renly still doesn’t look how I imagined, but at least he’s getting featured now, and he has a stag brooch, which is a nice detail. Hound’s armor is crazy. I find this picture interesting because he looks strangely regal in a very subtle way, maybe it’s his pose. The helmet is SO COOL. The Mountain, well, he really is a mountain. And his armor. I can’t help but think of the Iron Curtain. Like, a huge literal iron curtain wrapped around him. Littlefinger looks shifty and Varys looks just like I imagined Varys!

    We’ve seen this shot of Dany coming down the stairs a million times, right? But I don’t ever remember this angle, with all the gardens! It looks so much more lush, and much more how I imagine the Free Cities to look. Dragon eggs!!! And a nice shot of Viserys looking penseive. I adore the collar on his doublet/jerkin/whatever he’s wearing- it looks like dragon scales!

  80. Abyss
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    The Reader,

    Here you go. Unfortunately the quality is pretty bad.

    Game Of Thrones – Stark (Extended)
    Game of Thrones – Direwolves

  81. Suvudu
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    We must help Jon Snow!!! He’s losing on Suvudu Cage match!

    http://sf-fantasy.suvudu.com/2011/03/cage-match-2011-jon-snow-versus-vin.html

  82. thotk
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    Suvudu: http://sf-fantasy.suvudu.com/2011/03/cage-match-2011-jon-snow-versus-vin.html

    only 3,005 more votes for snow and he will be at fair odds :*

    pics look fantastic, Cersei isn’t my fav. in a lot of what we’ve seen from here, but she wasn’t my favorite in the books, perhaps the synergy will work out nicely :D

  83. rastronomicals
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    I too am disappointed in Sandor; in the books he’s so hideous he makes children cry. That kind of thing is not conveyed by a droopy eye and some skin discoloration.

    His brother looks amazing, however. And so does Littlefinger. He appears more sharply dressed than anyone in his photos, and that’s of course exactly right.

    Khal Drogo has gotten some criticism I guess more elsewhere than here, but I have no issues with his presentation.

    Now let me betray some naivete: who is that in photo 2? Is that Barristan in photo 10?

  84. Kathrina Martinsen
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    OT: Jon Snow is losing his Suvudu Cage Match battle to Vin… DO SOMETHING!!!

    like voting:
    http://sf-fantasy.suvudu.com/2011/03/cage-match-2011-jon-snow-versus-vin.html

  85. Abyss
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    Btw, why is the blade of The Mountain broken? That dosen´t happen in the books IIRC.

  86. Ed
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    Wow – I don’t know if you’re just trying to be contrarian or what, but you are the FIRST person that I’ve seen that didn’t think Lloyd was spot on perfect for Viserys. In other words, you’re wrong. :)

    What next? You gonna tell us that “Most of the casting is pretty good, but they should have switched the roles of Ned Stark and Littlefinger, they screwed those up…” ? LOL

    Kael of the Lake:

    What I do believe is a miscast are the actors for Theon and Viserys.

  87. Tywin's Bastard
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    Abyss,

    It could just be the angle that makes it look weird.

  88. Abyss
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    rastronomicals: Now let me betray some naivete: who is that in photo 2? Is that Barristan in photo 10?

    1. It´s Rodrik Cassel
    2. Yes

  89. DarthRachel
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    aww, just look at them all! they look like real people!

    love.

  90. axia777
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    Kathrina Martinsen:
    OT: Jon Snow is losing his Suvudu Cage Match battle to Vin… DO SOMETHING!!!

    like voting:
    http://sf-fantasy.suvudu.com/2011/03/cage-match-2011-jon-snow-versus-vin.html

    I LOVE me some WOT, but sorry to tell you Vin would slaughter Jon and his wolf like pigs….. O.o

  91. Felagund
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    DarthRachel,

    Believe it or not they actually are real people :D

  92. Abyss
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    Tywin’s Bastard,

    I don´t know… That screams “broken” to me.

  93. Chrysee
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    The only person I haven’t really warmed to yet is Lena Headey. Sure, some other characters don’t look exactly like I want them to, and thats fine. Ms Headey has so far only demonstrated one expression. I grow weary of her furrowed brows and talking barely above a whisper. She may completely surprise me when I see her in a decent length scene, but so far I am not impressed. She has looks exactly the same in every shot ive seen

  94. Tywin's Bastard
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    Abyss,

    You’re correct. I looked at the smaller picture pretty lazily and felt that my eyes were probably fooling me. I guess it was my head that did the fooling. :)

    It looks like it could be something made for the shoot though as there’s some dark stuff I can’t recognize, plus that the “break” looks very flat and even and has a slit in it.

    Long story short, I’m not qualified to tell exactly what the deal is.

  95. Tar Kidho
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    Ed: What next? You gonna tell us that “Most of the casting is pretty good, but they should have switched the roles of Ned Stark and Littlefinger, they screwed those up…” ? LOL

    That would actually make for an interesting experiment! :-) I think Aiden Gillen could probably pull of a Ned, but am a bit less sure about Sean Bean truly becoming Littlefinger. I guess we’ll never know, so let’s just be very happy they were both cast in their respective roles.

  96. The Winter Rose
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    *fans self after looking at the pics of Littlefinger… and feels horribly guilty now* XD

  97. Alyssa
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    Adam Whitehead: Interesting news (I think): there will be a showing of the premiere at Soho House in New York City on April 5th :)

    My sister got an email invite to one on Apr 6 at her college campus in Boston. Hopefully more will be popping up all over the country! Interestingly, they are sweetening the deal by offering an iPad as a door prize.

  98. Bro
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    What gorgeous pics! It’s hard to pick out my favs but since I have a soft spot for Jon, Robb and Theon, I’ll start with them. Nice to get a close up pic of Jon and Sam together, can’t wait to see that relationship on screen. I have to admit I wasn’t impressed with Alfie Allen as Theon at first glimpse but that smirk has just convinced me! Robb looks great as usual.
    As for the others, Ser Barristan is perfect. And of course the other Kingsguard members. The Mountain is Kilaminjaro (so spelt that wrong!), ‘nuf said! Love the Hound, I think his scars are appropriate. Still can’t warm to Lena Headey as Cersei but then I never liked Cersei… Aiden Gillian IS Littlefinger, he’s got that character down to a tee! Or maybe Littlefinger is Aiden Gillian… :L I’ve decided I’m gonna wait till I see an actual scene with Renly before I give my opinion. I think I may end up liking Viserys a lot more than I should…!

  99. Mike Chair
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    The Mountain. What a goon!

    Barristan Selmy. What a knight!!

    Sandor. What a wookie!!!

    Bullseyes.

  100. OhDanyBoy
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    Tywin's Bastard,

    Perhaps it is a prop for the ‘cut the horse’s head off’ scene? Maybe a longer shot of him cutting a full arc near the horse’s neck, with the rest of the blade added digitally and interspersed with the shot of him actually hacking through the fake horse (will probably be a closeup).

  101. loco73
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    Just beautiful! To see such quality on a television show is just inspiring. Kudos to the entire “Game Of Thrones” team!!!!

  102. Kanga
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    Goodness, these pictures are wonderful. What beautiful costumes, spot-on casting, and intriguing images.
    I love them all. :)

  103. Blackfish Blues
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Franny Bee: I was thinking the same thing!! Oh Blackfish, my soul mate…

    LOL!!! I was looking at the pics a second time to write the post and I did a double take. “He has his hands in his pockets! No wait, no pockets in Westeros. But then… WHERE ARE HIS HANDS…? Oh, OK. On his belt, under the surcoat. Whew.”

  104. shadallion
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Everyone and everything looks perfect except Lena Headey. She is has looked terrible in every shot and snippet with the possible exception of her poster on the Iron Throne.

    They have not made her beautiful for some reason. The actress is really quite gorgeous, so why have they roughened her and let her get away with the furrow-brow and creepy sneer/smile thing?

    Did anyone see the Showtime show ‘Episodes’? Heady reminds me of the blonde VP of Comedy with the attrocious sense of human and smile!

  105. Tywin's Bastard
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    OhDanyBoy,

    That’s certainly a possible answer.

  106. Steve the Pirate
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    shadallion,

    Honestly, I think it’s a personal preference thing, because I think she’s stunning. Headey does have a stronger, furrowed brow, but you know, that’s what happens when the actress doesn’t use Botox.

  107. purplejilly
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    I’m on the ‘feeling nervous about Renly’ train right now. His hair looks too short, almost abnormally short hair for the region. I always felt like Renly was described as spending way too much time and money on his hair and clothes, and was always impeccably groomed. That physicality played in to his character, and was part of it. He was beautiful and the best dressed man in Westeros and he knew it and liked it that way. He ‘flaunted’ it that way. Right now he just looks like a Stark cousin who had head lice and got all his hair shaved off by a Maester as part of the treatment, and it’s just starting to grow back in.

    Or else maybe they are making his hair abnormally short to make a statement? Since all the other men have medium to long hair for a guy, he cuts his short?

    I haven’t really seem him act yet, though, and what will matter more is if he pulls off the wit and charm, and has the proper devil may care attitude and twinkle in his eye that I always saw in Book Renly. I’m reserving final judgment until I see some acting :)

  108. Dante
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    Gorgeous pictures! However, I am a little concerned by a number of the other comments, many of which seem intent on finding things that are ‘wrong.’ Inevitably, the TV show is going to be different from the books — it is a different medium with different constraints and with realizations of characters different from how each of us imagined them. If there are this many concerns after a handful of photographs, I shudder to imagine the distress and nitpickery that could follow an actual episode. Personally, I’m just kerfluffed and amazed to actually see this all come to fruition and am looking forward to watching it all unfold.

  109. Brian
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    Becky Wilson,

    There won’t be a season 3. HBO loves to spend a ton of money on “period” shows like this, then cancel them after the second season on the grounds that they cost too much.

    See: Carnivale, Deadwood, and Rome

  110. the goat
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    Tar Kidho: That would actually make for an interesting experiment! I think Aiden Gillen could probably pull of a Ned, but am a bit less sure about Sean Bean truly becoming Littlefinger. I guess we’ll never know, so let’s just be very happy they were both cast in their respective roles.

    While I think they are both perfect for their respective roles, I could definitely see them playing each others. For instance, Gillen played the first white mayor of Baltimore in decadesin the Wire, and I think Bean was great as a backstabbing fake in Ronin.

    Of course, I’m probably the least impartial observer around, considering I’ve elevated both of them from “absolutely great,” based on their previous work (Wire, Red Riding, LOTR), to “Godlike,” simply from the trailers we’ve seen so far.

    Brian,

    Please exit via the nearest Moon Door.

  111. Ed
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    Heh – I thought about that, too. There’s SO much that is picked apart just based on photos and snippets, can you IMAGINE the carping that’s going to ensue after each episode?

    Dante:
    Gorgeous pictures!However, I am a little concerned by a number of the other comments, many of which seem intent on finding things that are ‘wrong.’ Inevitably, the TV show is going to be different from the books — it is a different medium with different constraints and with realizations of characters different from how each of us imagined them.If there are this many concerns after a handful of photographs, I shudder to imagine the distress and nitpickery that could follow an actual episode.Personally, I’m just kerfluffed and amazed to actually see this all come to fruition and am looking forward to watching it all unfold.

  112. Rinoa De la Pica
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    shadallion: Everyone and everything looks perfect except Lena Headey. She is has looked terrible in every shot and snippet with the possible exception of her poster on the Iron Throne.

    I don’t know, mate. I found Lena to be very spot-on and gorgeous as Cersei. A bit calm in her acting perhaps, but I haven’t seen complete scenes yet. In this particular screen cap from the “Power” teaser, you can’t deny she is astonishingly beautiful!

    http://rinoasama.myphotoalbum.com/view_photo.php?set_albumName=album01&id=cersei

  113. Arya Stark
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    How come some people got to see the couple of episodes already? Beautiful pics, btw. :)

  114. OddlyOtter
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    Oh Robb, how you are so handsome it makes me swoon *swoons*

  115. saluk
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    Rome was ages ago, and their first epic, AND they lost half of their funding. Deadwood had complicated issues that can’t be summed up in “it was too expensive”, although it was definitely a factor. We’ll have to really hope that there aren’t any dirty politics this time around :(

    And Carnavale really didn’t have the numbers.

    It is somewhat of a trend, but since the reasons were different every time, chances are if GOT fails it will also be for a different reason :) I think if numbers are good it will break the trend.

  116. Lina
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    purplejilly,

    Do you think Renly’s styling could have anything to do with HBO wanting to combat stereotypes of gays? In the books that aspect of his character is at first more subtle than I’m assuming it will be on screen (if they SHOW Renly-Loras, which for some reason I think has been hinted at?). Maybe HBO thought it was too much to have a fancy, perfectly-dressed, perfectly-groomed man waltzing around in his cheeky way and then hooking up with another guy?

    I still agree with you, but I will hold final comments until after I see Gethin Anthony’s acting as well. I feel sort of bad for him; if he had been cast as another character we girls would probably be all over him like we are with Jon/Robb/Littlefinger/etcetc…

  117. persephone88
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    I think that it is fine to have “first look” opinions, knowing that they may change as the series actually broadcasts and we see actors making a part come alive for the first time, in full scenes, not just snippets or photos.

    I think many people were taken aback when they first saw a photo of Michele Fairley’s Catelyn. The Catelyn of the series is not going to be the exact Cat of the books. I was taken aback at first because in reading, I pictured a young and beautiful early thirties Catelyn. They have aged her (and Ned, and many others) up in the book, and changed some of her motivations – and I for one, having seen Fairley’s acting in the clips – am feeling like I may empathize and like the series Cat more than the Cat as written in the books.

    Hopefully that will be the case with many of the minor changes we see here. I too have reservations about Renley’s appearance – he’s written as such a staggeringly handsome, fashionable young man, the long hair and brawny physique, a “young Robert”, that in pictures, Gethin Anthony just does not seem very Renly-ish at all. I agree that the super short hair is a big distraction – but if he can capture Renley’s wit and confidence and love of flair, that may cement it for me. I think the acting will tell.

    As for the photos – WOW! Wonderful job on so many!

    Sir Rodrik – imposing!
    Jory – <3 Swoon <3 I never got a clear picture of Jory in the novels – Jamie Sives adds a good bit of character. I’m hoping his last scene is terrific!
    Theon – Alfie Allen seems to be a dastardly good fit, but why a FLORAL pattern on his sleeves in the pic? Doesn’t seem right for a kraken…
    Great seeing Sam and Jon together, and can’t wait to see Ser Barristan face off with Joffrey in the throneroom. Robb is already a huge favorite, and those shots of the Hound and the Mountain – awesome. Even more excited to see them in Season 2 when they have more acting chops to show. The photos are beautiful, HBO looks like it is giving us a very quality production. Counting the days!

  118. purplejilly
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    the goat: .Brian, Please exit via the nearest Moon Door.

    This is my favorite new way to tell someone to get the h@#$ out of my face XD

  119. persephone88
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    Oh and one tiny knit pick with Varys – he’s always described in velvets and silks, soft fabrics etc. I pictured him in flowy picky purplish caftans and much more feminine in his dress than the rougher material he seems to be wearing in the pic. Maybe they have toned him down a bit as far as his mannerisms and dress?

  120. Maxwell James
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    I’m more and more sold on Headey, and I definitely wasn’t at first. She seems to be playing Cersei as more of a motherly schemer type, smart and worldly but perhaps not so much as she thinks. Which I think is a welcome interpretation of one of GRRM’s shallower characters.

    In particular, I can see her playing the scenes with Sansa extremely well.

  121. dizzy_34
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    OT – but I had to share this sureal moment that I just had. Listening to my favorite sports talk / general guy talk radio in my office and they started talking Game of Thrones and how interested they were in it! These guys are the number one station here so it’s good to know the promos are doing there job well. So of coarse I had to fire off an email to the hosts expounding on the greatness of GOT. I guess we better get used to the water cooler talk that’s going to start happening very soon.

  122. purplejilly
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    Lina,
    It could be. Plus maybe they have made a conscious decision to try and tone down the ‘overtness’ of Reny and Loras. It’s just that in a world of many men with long, flowing hair, and with long, flowing hair seeming to be a status symbol in several different cultures of this world, it’s somewhat jarring to see HBO Renly with such a short haircut.
    I always pictured the Baratheon Boys looking like Gaston from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, ya know? Gaston

  123. Rick
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    Both in the reward video and now in this new photo of Maester Aemon he does not have his Maesters chain on. A Maester would never remove his chain. I hope that we get to see him with it on when the show airs. I will be a litttle sad if we dont, and after all these Maesters path stuff to form a virtual chain….

  124. Steven Swanson
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    Brian,

    I’ve heard tell that HBO regrets those decisions, particularly with Rome, as they’ve made a ton of money on DVD sales. And you know they know that DVD sales will be through the roof on GoT with its built-in fanbase.

    Well, provided that the uberfans aren’t too turned off by the fact that so-and-so actor doesn’t resemble their trading card image. This page is going to be painful to read when the show airs and people start to complain about changed scenes/dialogue, omitted scenes and the like. I don’t envy the creators’ task in pleasing the fanbase while also making the show intelligible to the newbie….

  125. userj
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    OMG ROBB IS SO HOT OMGOGMOGMGOM

    Also, Ser Barristan!?!? SWEeeeeeeEEEEEeeeT!

  126. Wolfheart
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    MetalgoddessAMB:
    Is there no color at all in Westeros?

    Brown. Tan. beige. black. blah.

    Oh! I think I saw a peasant in maroon!

    anyway, I like the style of the costumes, but the lack of any colors besides earth tones in these pictures is pretty bland.

    I agree. The grittyness HBO wanted went a little overboard into costuming with lack of color.

  127. Wolfheart
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    WOW. Those Kings guard helmets look terribly to big for every kings guard…

    They look like toddlers wearing their fathers helmets!

    Still by far the worst helmet design next to the lannister ones, which still look funny and like lampshades.

  128. Chris
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    Rick,

    The chains don’t fit their neck like in the book, they hang down their torso and it isn’t visible in this picture. It’s been confirmed that they are wearing them, though.

  129. The Rabbit
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    Actually, I realised that I am absolutely enchanted by Mark Addy playing Robert.

    The truth is that I was not among those who have screamed against his casting when he has been announced. I knew he was solid actor and capable to pull it off.
    But, I have never imagined that he would so close to the image of Robert I had in my head for years.

  130. Mr. Frey
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    Wolfheart,

    I think the lack of color is more than just moody art direction. I think they had to have extreme colors to better clarify setting.

    We know the North is blue, Kings’ Landing is sepia tinged, and Pentos is saturated. I think that will ease the 500-mile transitions between the endless characters and locales. That said, I still expect to see establishing shots of Baelor’s Sept or the Wall when they cut between stories. But eventually, they’ll be able to relax on repetitive establishing shots and simply use the colors to convey setting.

  131. Larry D Curtis
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    Two words: Hound desktop

  132. Wastrel
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    Unfortunately, I’ve just realised what these clips remind me of.

    Top Gear.

    They appear to have borrowed the cameras from Top Gear. The North, in particular, is the colour palette they would use for a silver Aston Martin on a track in the rain. The other two are less clear, but I think King’s Landing may be some sort of heavy, muscular 4-by-4 off-roading while being chased by a helicopter, and Pentos is a violently yellow Ascari, Zonda, or possibly Lamborghini somewhere on the riviera.

  133. Julian
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    Littlefinger looks kinda like a drug dealer in that one pic where he’s leaning against the door.

  134. Matt C. Der
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    I like Renly’s cast. Alot!

    I don’t know about you, but my impression of Renly WASN’T a Loras look-alike.
    Loras was the absolute pretty boy, where as Renly was more like the rugged/hansome/charismatic young Robert. Which I think he pulls off.

    Ya the description was long hair… He also was described as changing his look. All the time. (Don’t remember what page #)

    Everyone else looks Rad!

    Especially Selmy, who has never been my favorite (Gandolf rip-off).

  135. Julian
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    And Allister Thorne looks kinda like a puppy.

    Just sayin’……

  136. GaR
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    How awesome is Ser Rodrik? I’m glad they didn’t make him up like generic household knight #7.

    Wastrel,

    haha, good call.

  137. MirriMaz
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    Matt C. Der: I like Renly’s cast. Alot!I don’t know about you, but my impression of Renly WASN’T a Loras look-alike.Loras was the absolute pretty boy, where as Renly was more like the rugged/hansome/charismatic young Robert. Which I think he pulls off.

    This, Renly being a Baratheon means he won’t look too soft and pretty and he needs a certain toughness to portray that.

    i’m a big fan of Lena Heady and the way she’s playing Cersei, she can do loud and hateful as we saw in the Power trailer.

    The kingsguard armour is beautiful to look at.

  138. the goat
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    Maxwell James: She seems to be playing Cersei as more of a motherly schemer type, smart and worldly but perhaps not so much as she thinks.

    Alright, this made me laugh out loud, given the fact that: THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT CERSEI IS!! That is literally the most succinct, honest appraisal of Cersei I can ever remember reading, but by your phrasing it sounds like you think this is some kind of alternative take on the character.

    Why do so many people think Cersei is some whacked-out personification of all that is evil in the world!?! Is she a bad person? Yes. Is she willing to kill anyone who stands in the way of what wants, without a shred of remorse? Yes. Is she a sociopath who feels a compunction to inflict pain and death on random people for no good reason? Hell, no.

    She was born with power, then had it taken away, so she craves it. The only real love she has is for her children and Jaime. Also, as Maxwell said, she’s not nearly as bright or as cunning as she thinks she is, which eventually leads to her downfall. The combination of these things leads her to do irrational and “evil” things. That’s it. She’s not some completely insane monster bent on destroying the world. That would be the Others.

  139. Mag the Mighty
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    Mr. Frey,

    If I remember correctly, in one of the tweets by one of the critics who received the first 6 episodes, that the post-production is not 100 percent complete (sound fx, score, as well as the colors). I try to keep it in my head that the clips we are seeing now are not going to be exactly the same we see in the finished product.

  140. Mike Chair
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    Mag the Mighty: . Is she a sociopath who feels a compunction to inflict pain and death on random people for no good reason? Hell, no.

    I respectfully disagree.
    You offer a rather simple and inaccurate definition of sociopathy.
    I agree that Cersei does not represent “all that is evil in the world” — nor do sociopaths in general.
    Sociopathy is a mental disorder. They, along with Cersei, are sick people.
    If you’ve ever known just one, you know another when you see one.
    Especially one who’s written, in my opinion, specifically as a sociopath.
    It’s a rather brilliant job by Mr. Martin. Many sociopaths are charismatic and achieve great success. There are examples that come to mind, but I refrain from listing them here.
    They almost always self-destruct.

    Here’s a good checklist (answers.com). It’s not perfect, but it will do.

    You know Cersei. How many of these symptoms does she have?

    Glibness/Superficial Charm
    Manipulative and Conning
    Grandiose Sense of Self
    Pathological Lying
    Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt
    Shallow Emotions
    Incapacity for Love
    Need for Stimulation
    Callousness/Lack of Empathy
    Poor Behavioral Controls/Impulsive Nature
    Early Behavior Problems/Juvenile Delinquency
    Irresponsibility/Unreliability
    Promiscuous Sexual Behavior/Infidelity
    Lack of Realistic Life Plan/Parasitic Lifestyle
    Criminal or Entrepreneurial Versatility
    Contemptuous of those who seek to understand them
    Does not perceive that anything is wrong with them
    Authoritarian
    Secretive
    Paranoid
    Only rarely in difficulty with the law, but seeks out situations where their tyrannical behavior will be tolerated, condoned, or admired
    Conventional appearance
    Goal of enslavement of their victim(s)
    Exercises despotic control over every aspect of the victim’s life
    Has an emotional need to justify their crimes and therefore needs their victim’s affirmation (respect, gratitude and love)
    Ultimate goal is the creation of a willing victim
    Incapable of real human attachment to another
    Unable to feel remorse or guilt
    Narcissism, grandiosity (self-importance not based on achievements)
    May state readily that their goal is to rule the world

    It’s almost as if Mr. Martin had this list on hand when he created Cersei.
    She may not have all the symptoms of a sociopath (no one ever does), but she has more than most.

    Cersei is a sick, sick woman, and she needs help.
    Will the High Septon will cure her? I think not.

  141. loco73
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    Today for the first time I have seen the trailer for “Game Of Thrones” being advertised on mainstream TV in Canada, it was on the TVGuide channel (where we get all the TV listings). It was put on by Rogers, one largest telecomunications companies around and also one of the providers of Astral Media’s TMN/HBO Canada.

  142. loco73
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

    Oh yeah, it was a combination of “Power”, “Fear And Blood” and “The Game Begins” trailer, shortened to some 30 seconds, but effective nonetheless. It’s running every 10 minutes or so and it will be for weeks to come!

  143. the goat
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    Honestly? Don’t quit your day job.

    By that “checklist” I’d say about 83.523% of the characters in the story are sociopaths. Except for the fact that, like Cersei, they don’t have any victims. A sociopath is someone who has a lot of those traits, and also rapes, tortures and/or kills people for no reason.

    The only true sociopaths I think we’ve seen so far are Reek/Ramsay, Gregor, Qyburn and the Tickler. But every one of them is arguable as well, as they all have other motivations for their abnormal behavior.

    Is Cersei narcissistic? Duh. Does she have delusions of grandeur? Absolutely. Is she paranoid, possibly even schizoid? Yep. Classic sociopath? No, unless you truly believe that she never, ever loved Jaime or any of her children, which would make me call you crazy. In fact, Cersei only gets “yelling & screaming batshit nuts” when one of her kids are threatened/killed, or when Jaime rebukes her.

    Which actually brings up the most ironic point of all. If I assume you’re right, that Cersei is in fact a sociopath, then Headey is playing the role perfectly. Sociopaths, by your own definition, aren’t “howl at the moon” crazy. The most sinister part of the disease is that they are able to function and behave like completely normal people. So all the fans out there bemoaning the fact that Headey isn’t playing Cersei “crazy enough,” would be absolutely right if she is playing Cersei as a sociopath. So maybe she is. Or maybe you’re the paranoid schizo :)

  144. persephone88
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    New puzzle at Not A Blog, folks. Something regarding The Beast, not necessarily GOT related. Go check it out!

  145. Steve the Pirate
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    I’ve got the Other Houses video up now on youtube- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmxRIgBtThk

    Not the best quality, but direct download is once again not possible. Really glad to see a nice lot of Esme Bianco in the video. She’s hot, glad they found more for her to do.

  146. Lex
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    Steve the Pirate,

    Cool! Great to hear from Alfie/Theon, and also great to hear that GRRM pronounces Tyrell the way I do (Tie-RELL, not TIH-rull).

  147. Chris
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    “Give me 10 men and some climbing spikes, I’ll impregnate the bitch.” – Bronn

    Haha, Jerome Flynn is proving all the doubters wrong by looking like one of the best castings of the whole show(IMO).

    It’s also awesome that some of the most contested castings(King Rob, Bronn, Catelyn, etc) are putting forth some of the stronger performances, at least from what we can see so far.

  148. the goat
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    Steve the Pirate,

    Thanks, angel!

  149. mummer
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

    persephone88: Theon – Alfie Allen seems to be a dastardly good fit, but why a FLORAL pattern on his sleeves in the pic? Doesn’t seem right for a kraken…

    When he goes back to Pyke, doesn’t his father complain that he’s dressing all fancy now instead of the way a manly manly ironman should?

  150. Kanga
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

    shadallion:
    Everyone and everything looks perfect except Lena Headey.She is has looked terrible in every shot and snippet with the possible exception of her poster on the Iron Throne.
    They have not made her beautiful for some reason.

    Add me to the list of those defending Lena Headey’s beauty. If other people have different opinions that is fine, but I think she’s gorgeous, both in general and specifically as Cersei. No, she’s not exactly the Cersei I pictured looks-wise, but there’s nothing wrong with that and I believe we’re fortunate to have her.

    OT, but also, I’ve been looking at those wallpapers HBO posted recently, and can not stop laughing at the Tully one. That list goes ‘Fierce animal! Fierce animal! Fierce animal! Fierce animal! … fish. I mean no disrespect to the majestic creatures that are fish, but all I could think looking at that was Man, they are totally the Hufflepuffs of Westeros. *sends mad love to the Tullys* way to rock the game of thrones, trout style. :]

  151. the goat
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

    “Mommy, I want to see the bad man fly!”

    Tears. shed.

  152. Matt C. Der
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

    the goat: Honestly? Don’t quit your day job.By that “checklist” I’d say about 83.523% of the characters in the story are sociopaths. Except for the fact that, like Cersei, they don’t have any victims.

    Really?

    Cersei doesn’t have any victims? Wow.

    Lolly’s, Sansa, Tommen(and his whipping boy pate), Robert was even a victim of hers…

  153. the goat
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 12:00 am | Permalink

    Matt C. Der: Really?

    Cersei doesn’t have any victims? Wow.

    Lolly’s, Sansa, Tommen(and his whipping boy pate), Robert was even a victim of hers…

    She tortured and murdered out of pure compulsion which of these people?

  154. SJGIM
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 12:02 am | Permalink

    Based on what I remember from my Psych class Cersei is not a sociopath. If she was she would not love her children nor Jaime, as has been pointed out. That is not to say she does not have some kind of mental illness, she certainly seems to in the later parts of the series so far, but early on I think she was simply ruthless. I actually think more of a case can be made for Joff potentially being a sociopath than his mother.
    BTW, to some of these pics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMICD3aMZpw” rel=”nofollow”

    And I still cannot get over the Hounds helm. I wish they had made Jaime’s lion one, because everytime I see the hound one I have to stair at it for the next 5 minutes. I love it. If I had to choose one single prop/piece of a costume that I could have at this point that would be it.

    My roommate, who is unfamiliar with the books, was looking at the pictures and commented that all Littlefinger needs is a pimp cane. :P

  155. the goat
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 12:24 am | Permalink

    SJGIM,

    Ahh, I forgot about Joff. He certainly fits the bill, although his position certainly facilitates his behavior, like so many dictators. Plus, he’s an adolescent, so there’s that.

    I would also add Aerys to the list. He was certainly a paranoid schizophrenic, and pretty unhinged in his last days, but also seemed to enjoy killing just for the pleasure/excitement of it.

  156. SJGIM
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 12:53 am | Permalink

    the goat,

    I didn’t mention Aerys b/c we really don’t have all that much 1st hand knowledge of him like so many of the other characters, (and I was connecting it to the previous argument and only considering those directly in line with Cersei) but I agree. The general consensus among those in ASOIAF is that he was pretty out there and needed to be taken down, probably b/c of the incestuous practice of his house (am I seeing a pattern here?)

    That’s one of the things that drove me crazy about Joff, I hated him, but then remembered he was a kid and felt that I shouldn’t hate a kid. The adolescence is what caused me to say potentially, if he was an adult and acted the way he did there would be no question for me. Him being a child makes it possible that his actions are simply the product of inexperience, spoiling, and a child’s selfishness. I am ashamed to say I was actually happy when he died.

    Unrelated to the above comments, it’s interesting that from the bits I’ve seen of the show Littlefinger is probably going to be one of my favorite characters, when in the book, no matter how prominent he became, I simply couldn’t get myself to care less about him.

  157. Jarred Melancon
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 1:01 am | Permalink

    the goat: She tortured and murdered out of pure compulsion which of these people?

    Are we talking book 1 or the entire series? AFFC has a long list by itself.

  158. Lex
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 1:30 am | Permalink

    Yup, in AFFC:

    Cersei starts sending people to Maester Qyburn for torture, and then trying to “forget” about them in her mind. Disturbing.

  159. Tuiyih
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 2:31 am | Permalink

    JUST 17 DAYS LEFT!!

  160. Peltast
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 2:32 am | Permalink

    Whoa. Ser Rodrik looks epicly cool.

    Viserys seems to have some dark stubble in that last photo though, which makes his hair look more like a wig. Hopefully I’m wrong and that’s just dirt.

  161. obsidian
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 3:28 am | Permalink

    Re; Cersei….I think it’s debatable how much she loves her children,or Jaime except as they conform to the role she has chosen for them , or behave as she wants. She kills to achieve her ends and feels no guilt.

    The other examples the goat points out , Qyburn, Reek/Ramsay,et al, are first and foremost sadists . They kill and torture because they enjoy it , they get off on it ,and any victim will do . Said victim doesn’t have to have posed any threat to their plans , they just have to be handy.

  162. the goat
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 4:46 am | Permalink

    SJGIM,

    Don’t feel ashamed, I’m pretty sure most readers were at least “not unhappy” when Joff died. There were many people responsible for Joff’s upbringing, but that’s a subject for another topic.

    So Littlefinger: total sociopath. Except that he has a goal, and its not to kill. Just like Cersei. Or Jaime. Or the Tickler. Or Arya (and she’s just gettin started, muthafuckas!!!!!!!).

    Jarred Melancon,

    Lex,

    I never said there weren’t victims of Cersei’s decisions (direct or indirect), I said she never murdered anyone for the sake of murdering them, which is the most basic definition of a sociopath. She’s a power-hungry idiot, without doubt, but she doesn’t kill just because she likes it. Even at her most brutal there is still a means to her end (however misguided it may be).

    Even when she orders Lady’s death, its not because she hates Lady, or because she fears for her own or her children’s safety (although she uses it as a valid excuse), but to a) reinforce her (& Joff’s) authority, b) exert power over Robert, c) exert power over Ned, most importantly d) drive a wedge between Robert & Ned.

  163. Jarred Melancon
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 5:02 am | Permalink

    the goat,

    Someone correct me if I’m wrong but a sociopath is someone who feels no empathy or guilt about killing a person while a psychopath enjoys the killing. So really she fits into the definition of a sociopath but not a psychopath.

  164. Chris77
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 5:31 am | Permalink

    Jarred Melancon:
    the goat,

    Someone correct me if I’m wrong but a sociopath is someone who feels no empathy or guilt about killing a person while a psychopath enjoys the killing.So really she fits into the definition of a sociopath but not a psychopath.

    By that definition Cercei is the sociopath, while Joff is the psychopath, nice family…

  165. the goat
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 5:36 am | Permalink

    Jarred Melancon,

    Bottom line, they are basically the same thing, and Cersei is neither (unless you want to use the most expansive description of the term, in which case pretty much every noble in Westeros qualifies)

    Sociopathy and psychopathy are terms used in psychology and criminology to refer to subsets of people with antisocial personality traits. Neither is an official diagnostic term; in the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) each disorder is listed under the heading of Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD). Many psychiatrists use the terms interchangeably. There is, however, controversy over whether sociopaths and psychopaths share the same qualities.

    Sociopathy and psychopathy share many traits, which is the main source of confusion for differentiating them in psychology. Traits that sociopaths and psychopaths share include:

    * a disregard for the rights of others
    * a failure to feel remorse or guilt
    * a disregard for laws and social mores
    * a tendency to display violent behavior and emotional outbursts

    Though not all psychology professionals agree on what exactly differentiates sociopaths from psychopaths, among those who believe each are separate disorders there is a list of definite differences. Sociopaths tend to be nervous and easily agitated. They are likely to be uneducated and live on the fringes of society, unable to hold down a steady job or stay in one place. Some sociopaths form attachments to an individual or group, though they have no regard for society in general. In the eyes of others, sociopaths appear clearly disturbed. Any crimes committed by a sociopath tend to be disorganized and spontaneous.

    Psychopaths, on the other hand, often have charming personalities. They are manipulative and easily gain people’s trust. They have learned to mimic emotion and so appear “normal” to other people. Psychopaths are often educated and hold steady jobs. Some are so good at manipulation and mimicry that they can have families and other long-term relationships without those around them ever suspecting their true nature.

    Psychopaths, when committing crimes, carefully plan out every detail and often have contingency plans in place. Because of this marked difference between the method of crimes committed by sociopaths and psychopaths, the distinction between these disorders is perhaps even more important to criminology than it is to psychology.

    Another belief among some professionals is that the etiology of the disorders is different. According to David Lykken, a behavioral geneticist known for his studies on twins, psychopathy stems from a physiological defect in the brain that results in the underdevelopment of the part of the brain responsible for impulse control and emotions. Sociopathy is more the product of childhood traumas and abuse. According to this model, some professionals believe that sociopaths are capable of empathy, but only in specific contexts.

    For example, sociopaths may attach their loyalty to a person or group and will feel empathy for or not hurt those people to which they are attached. Psychopaths, however, have an inability to feel empathy and are just as likely to hurt their family and friends as they are strangers. Other psychologists make these same distinctions, but define them as primary psychopathy and secondary psychopathy.

  166. Rimshot
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 5:45 am | Permalink

    Abyss: Btw, why is the blade of The Mountain broken? That dosen´t happen in the books IIRC.

    Hi, this shot of the Mountain isn’t from a scene. Conan is standing off to one side while the next shot is being set up. As you can see, us extras are in ‘wait’ mode behind him (arms folded!). They did go through alot of swords so this is probably the result of another one being smashed and Conan is just holding it until the weapons master takes hit off him and replaces it with a new one.

    We did alot of standing about for 4 days on that set. In fact, we started building sandcastles at one point!

  167. Hear Me Roar
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 5:49 am | Permalink

    Rimshot,

    Sandcastles! Brilliant, you made me snort ;)

  168. Rimshot
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 6:23 am | Permalink

    Another thing about the Mountain’s ‘broken’ sword. I remember he did have one for the ‘horse’ scene that was rigged for CGI with just a bit of blade and ended in red paint. He swung this one down to mimic cutting the head off while the animitronic head split open. It looks like the full blade will be added in later digitally. It could be that one in the pic.

  169. Blackfish Blues
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 6:38 am | Permalink

    I forgot to ask: is it just me, or Jaime’s armour in the first pic looks scratched across the chest? Symbolism?

    Kanga:
    OT, but also, I’ve been looking at those wallpapers HBO posted recently, and can not stop laughing at the Tully one. That list goes ‘Fierce animal! Fierce animal! Fierce animal! Fierce animal! … fish. I mean no disrespect to the majestic creatures that are fish, but all I could think looking at that was Man, they are totally the Hufflepuffs of Westeros. *sends mad love to the Tullys* way to rock the game of thrones, trout style. :]

    Tullys rule!… Wait, what wallpapers? *proves Kanga’s point*

    *rushes off see wallpapers*

    Ah, but the trout has TEETH! :D

  170. Abyss
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 7:03 am | Permalink

    Rimshot,
    Rimshot,

    Thanks for clarification, always good to have insiders. ;-)

  171. Jarred Melancon
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 8:14 am | Permalink

    the goat,

    Then according to that definition, Cersei would definitely fit into the psychopath category.She shows all of the below in the series.
    * a disregard for the rights of others
    * a failure to feel remorse or guilt
    * a disregard for laws and social mores
    * a tendency to display violent behavior and emotional outbursts

    To be fair, other people show this tendency as well. Mainly Littlefinger, who I view as the true villain of the series.

  172. Lina
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    purplejilly,

    Hah! I had never imagined them as Gastoneqsue, but it does make sense!

  173. Zack
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    Jarred Melancon: Are we talking book 1 or the entire series?AFFC has a long list by itself.

    Yes, but that’s AFFC. A high point of the series for me is Cersei’s decline, and if she starts out portrayed as a mental case, there’s less to do with the character as the series progresses.

  174. Sekhmet
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    Sorry too sick to read everyone’s comments.

    Jason, easy on those hands! A horse’s mouth is delicate!

  175. Wastrel
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    If we’re going to engage in armchair psychology, I think that (besides Joffrey, a textbook case), the closest, clearest thing to a psychopath/sociopath/antisocial-personality in the series is Arya. Lack of empathy, aggressive behaviour, misbehaving as a child, persistent problems with the law, poor or abusive relationships, disregard for safety, irresponsible work behaviour, inability to tolerate boredom, tendency to violate the boundaries and rights of others, persistent lying… and of course killing people. At least, she’s heading in that direction.

    I’d say Cersei, on the other hand, is textbook Histrionic Personality Disorder: “a pattern of excessive emotionality and attention-seeking, including an excessive need for approval and inappropriate seductiveness, usually beginning in early adulthood… They may be inappropriately sexually provocative, express strong emotions with an impressionistic style, and be easily influenced by others. Associated features may include egocentrism, self-indulgence, continuous longing for appreciation, and persistent manipulative behavior to achieve their own needs.”

    With maybe a little side-order of borderline personality as well.

  176. Ed
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    Interesting! (and I love Arya above all others!)

    Wastrel:
    If we’re going to engage in armchair psychology, I think that (besides Joffrey, a textbook case), the closest, clearest thing to a psychopath/sociopath/antisocial-personality in the series is Arya. Lack of empathy, aggressive behaviour, misbehaving as a child, persistent problems with the law, poor or abusive relationships, disregard for safety, irresponsible work behaviour, inability to tolerate boredom, tendency to violate the boundaries and rights of others, persistent lying… and of course killing people. At least, she’s heading in that direction.

    I’d say Cersei, on the other hand, is textbook Histrionic Personality Disorder: “a pattern of excessive emotionality and attention-seeking, including an excessive need for approval and inappropriate seductiveness, usually beginning in early adulthood… They may be inappropriately sexually provocative, express strong emotions with an impressionistic style, and be easily influenced by others. Associated features may include egocentrism, self-indulgence, continuous longing for appreciation, and persistent manipulative behavior to achieve their own needs.”

    With maybe a little side-order of borderline personality as well.

  177. Lina
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    Wastrel:
    If we’re going to engage in armchair psychology, I think that (besides Joffrey, a textbook case), the closest, clearest thing to a psychopath/sociopath/antisocial-personality in the series is Arya. Lack of empathy, aggressive behaviour, misbehaving as a child, persistent problems with the law, poor or abusive relationships, disregard for safety, irresponsible work behaviour, inability to tolerate boredom, tendency to violate the boundaries and rights of others, persistent lying… and of course killing people. At least, she’s heading in that direction.

    I’d say Cersei, on the other hand, is textbook Histrionic Personality Disorder: “a pattern of excessive emotionality and attention-seeking, including an excessive need for approval and inappropriate seductiveness, usually beginning in early adulthood… They may be inappropriately sexually provocative, express strong emotions with an impressionistic style, and be easily influenced by others. Associated features may include egocentrism, self-indulgence, continuous longing for appreciation, and persistent manipulative behavior to achieve their own needs.”

    With maybe a little side-order of borderline personality as well.

    That sounds a lot like Cersei!

    The thing about Arya is very interesting. Is it fair to call her a sociopath? She’s a young child reacting to traumatic events! I’m not saying that justifies all the things she’s done, but it’s a little bit easier to understand that what she’s doing right now might not be who she is/has been/will always be, but rather just reactions and defense mechanisms for a specific, horrible time of her life.

    Actually, I see Arya more as a vigilante. A lot of what she does is motivated by what she thinks is right, even if that vision is a bit skewed. Consider her prayers (and the way she removes the Hound from the list) or her killing Dareon for deserting the Night’s Watch. In a way, she sort of lives by a very liberal application of her father’s “the man who passes the sentence should swing the sword” mantra.

  178. Steve Hugh Westenra
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    Man, I completely missed all the intense and fascinating discussions going on in this post. ): Fail, Steve, fail.

    1. Ser Rodrik still needs to be on a shirt. I would buy it and I would wear it everyday and then grow facial hair to match and then everyone I know would hate me because I would smell. BUT, I would have Ser Rodrik’s beard, so I would be too cool for them anyway.

    2. Renly looks awesome! I think he looks just enough like Addy to make it plausible and I think he has a wonderfully character-filled and handsome face. I get quite bored of these carbon-copy, Josh Hartnett types, to be honest. They aren’t memorable, don’t feel real, and have a creepy look to them that I find unsettling. Also, Josh Hartnett look like a frenemy (female, interestingly) who I have IRL, so maybe that has something to do with my dislike…. And yes I am responding to someone’s off-hand comment that mentions Josh Hartnett. I am, truly, that ridiculous.
    Gethin Anthony looks awesome so far. XD

    3. I’m liking Lena Headey as Cersei more and more. She was one of the actors I was unsure of upon casting, but from what we’ve seen (which has been quite a lot in comparison with the others) I like her very much.

    4. Someone mentioned somewhere in the morass of comments that there has been a remarkable lack of cleavage. Despite my general and enthusiastic love of cleavage, I quite like the fact that it is toned done. It comes off as less tacky, with the implication that this is a show that takes its female characters seriously and doesn’t need to sell them on the basis that they have breasts (and correspondingly, that they realize their audience don’t all have the mentality of 13 year old boys).

    4. THESE PHOTOS LOOK SO GLOSSY AND FANCY. I dunno. I am easily impressed by glossy photos.

    5. I’m still loving Harry Lloyd.

    6. I definitely agree with Wastrel and some of the others about the colour scheme. It’s as though they had the mentality, while making the show, that the North is always dark and dreary and in the South it is always daytime. o.0 I really, REALLY hope we get some nighttime scenes in King’s Landing (especially since, in the books, some of the atmosphere of certain scenes comes from the fact that it is dark). In that respect, I still think they made a poor choice in changing theNed/Jaime confrontation scene to a daylight one. Part of what’s so great about that scene in the book is how chaotic and underhanded and messy it all seems, whereas the way they’ve gone it’s turned into a dramatic swordfight between Jaime and Ned. I guess this goes along with what appears to be a consensus to make Ned a more “badass” character. Still not happy with that change, either. But who knows, it may not come off that way in the show.
    I hope all of the Winterfell material is overlaid with a filter to make it look drearier all the time.

  179. Kanga
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    Blackfish Blues:
    Tullys rule!… Wait, what wallpapers? *proves Kanga’s point*

    *rushes off see wallpapers*

    Ah, but the trout has TEETH!

    Ah, yes, so it does. What a lovely set of angry gnashing I’m-gonna-bite-your-finger fishy teeth. If that doesn’t make me fear the great Tully trout, I don’t know what will. :D
    Honestly, it just makes me root for them more. In the books they never struck me as a house really worth watching, but I kind of love them now, I’m seriously behind them 100%. I think it would be hilarious if at the end of everything it was the Tully trout that prevailed, and won the Iron Throne. Nothing would stick it to Cersei Lannister, ever the proud lioness, quite like seeing the trout flapping its majestic gills proudly all across King’s Landing. Hahaha.

  180. Snarkmaiden
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    First-time poster, delurking to make the startlingly banal observation that one of the horses from the Kingsguard escort photo also seems to be in the Dothraki camp shot. Dark brown, big white face, white off-fore foot. Now I’m looking for more!

  181. B
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    the goat,

    They are mentioned as being at the party with Drogo as Illyrio’s guards. Good foreshadowing on Martin’s part. To include them in the scene would therefore be very important since they will show up again in Season 3.

  182. B
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

    Also, Renly looks nothing like I’d pictured him (plus he’s lacking the long hair and cleanshaveness of the description, so not too surprising), nor does Theon, Aemon (didn’t Aemon have a beard? I dunno), etc. I always pictured Sandor Clegane as more along the lines of Two-Face (maybe a tad less burnt so it would be realistic) rather than the somewhat “minor” burns presented here (they don’t even seem to reach his mouth, do they? And his permanently twisted mouth is mentioned so many times) But! I am used to the interpretations at this point and don’t plan on letting it bother me. It’s more important that the actors act like the characters than look exactly like them, after all.

  183. Regina Thorne
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    Brian:
    See: Carnivale, Deadwood, and Rome

    “Deadwood” had three seasons.

    TheGoat, regarding Aiden Gillen and Sean Bean switching places in “Game of Thrones”, I wouldn’t in any way describe Carcetti as a Ned-like figure. He’s much more Littlefinger in waiting, with maybe a bit more of a conscience to begin with and a certain amount of idealism, but mostly wanting power. I’m sure Tommy Carcetti wouldn’t have made Ned Stark’s choices in King’s Landing!

  184. Maxwell James
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    the goat,

    Sorry to be slow to respond.

    I don’t see Cersei that way instinctively, because that is not how she is perceived in the books by the POV characters who interact with her the most. Her beauty and her seductiveness get emphasized a lot more than her brains. Tyrion views her with caution but also good deal of contempt. Ned just sees her as evil and dangerous. Jaime has only one thing on his mind. I guess Sansa thinks she’s smart, but Sansa is

    a pretty unreliable POV early on

    .

    Her motherliness doesn’t get emphasized much either, because it’s not until after Joffrey’s death that we get into her head. And by that point we know

    how much of a monster he was anyway

    , so she gets absolutely no sympathy for it. From Myrcella and Tommen she just seems disengaged.

  185. Maxwell James
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    Whoops, sorry about the accidental blockquoting…

  186. YoYanTam
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    Rimshot: Another thing about the Mountain’s ‘broken’ sword. I remember he did have one for the ‘horse’ scene that was rigged for CGI with just a bit of blade and ended in red paint. He swung this one down to mimic cutting the head off while the animitronic head split open. It looks like the full blade will be added in later digitally. It could be that one in the pic.

    I was an extra in this scene (just out of shot) and can confirm the ‘broken sword’ was in fact a cgi prop. Notice the expressions on the faces of the extras, the horse was getting quite unsettled with Conan attacking it take after take and it was quite distressing to watch. This was the final scene of a long week and does help to create a very natural reaction to what was going on (i think).

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