Recap Round-up: “Valar Dohaeris”
By Winter Is Coming on in Recap.

Here are some notable recaps and reviews of the premiere episode of season three of Game of Thrones:

Book Readers
Sean T. Collins – Rolling Stone
Myles McNutt – Cultural Learnings
James Hibberd – Entertainment Weekly
Alyssa Rosenberg – ThinkProgress
Scott Meslow – The Week
Todd VanDerWerff – A.V. Club
Sarah Hughes – The Guardian
James Poniewozik – Time
Charlie Jane Anders – io9


New Viewers
Alan Sepinwall – HitFix
Andy Greenwald – Grantland
David Sims – A.V. Club
John Kubicek – Buddy TV


111 Comments

  1. The Usurper
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    Hodor!

  2. superdeluxe
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    No Jenifer Braun this year :( she was a great non-book reader recapper :\

  3. Winter Is Coming
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    superdeluxe, yeah, she was. Does any one know where she is writing now? I’d like to continue linking to her recaps, if I can.

  4. Hellfell
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    I predict 90% of the comments here will be about Larry Williams review :P
    The guy really went all-in with guns blazing

  5. Drew
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    One you missed – Ross Douthat of the New York Times and two Atlantic editors are reviewing each episode this season: http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2013/03/the-i-game-of-thrones-i-season-3-premiere-all-talk-and-whats-wrong-with-that/274472/

  6. Deric Bondarrion
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    Here is Larry Williams Review for people who want it

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykr2HQi2ggU

  7. Isabelle
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much! Recaps are always fun to read.

    From Sean Collins:

    “The show’s around-the-horn approach to juggling its countless storylines (and this isn’t even all of them – no Arya, no Bran and Rickon, no Theon Greyjoy, no Brienne and Jaime) is a divisive one, but every character they showed was so quintessentially that character that it felt less like cramming and more like slipping into a dozen or so pairs of comfortable slippers.

    What a delightful image–and very fitting!

  8. Book Nazi
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Hellfell:
    I predict 90% of the comments here will be about Larry Williams review :P
    The guy really went all-in with guns blazing

    Larry Williams was fun to watch season 1 but he got boring season 2 so i’m glad WiC dont bother listing him in recaps. I wont be tuning in to him anymore.

  9. ibgraham
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    I want to see a review from someone who hasn’t read the books! Annoying watching with non-book readers because I cant discuss the changes.

    The giant was awesome in the season premiere. I’d like to see a giant Wight that would be nuts!

  10. taim
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    Book Nazi,

    I am ok when book readers critizice a few things, thats normal when you are a hardcore book fan, but these reviews are just a little bit too much. Rather listen/ read other ones…

  11. Anne
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    will you add more recaps as they pop up? I don’t see Mo Ryan here.

  12. Laura Stone
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    We’re back as non-book readers with weekly recaps! Last night’s ep is here. :)

    So freaking excited my show is back!

  13. superdeluxe
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming:
    superdeluxe, yeah, she was. Does any one know where she is writing now? I’d like to continue linking to her recaps, if I can.

    WiC: I dunno, her last piece at NJ.COM was in October 2012. Her twitter is pretty dead as well. I hope she gets picked up, her non-reader recaps was one of my favorites.

  14. Winter Is Coming
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Anne, yes, I may add more. Mo Ryan isn’t doing weekly recaps of the episodes this year though.

  15. superdeluxe
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Drew:
    One you missed – Ross Douthat of the New York Times and two Atlantic editors are reviewing each episode this season: http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2013/03/the-i-game-of-thrones-i-season-3-premiere-all-talk-and-whats-wrong-with-that/274472/

    NY Times guy doing weekly recaps? Confused.

  16. superdeluxe
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming:
    Anne, yes, I may add more. Mo Ryan isn’t doing weekly recaps of the episodes this year though.

    What? wow. I wonder why, loved her weekly recaps.

  17. Anne
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming,

    really? I wonder why. I will miss her, I really liked her writing. I like recappers that do more than just rehash the show scene by scene. My favorites were/are Alan Sepinwall, James Poniewozik and Mo Ryan. although I usually read all of them you post here!

  18. Blackfish
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    Book Nazi,

    Yeah i really dont think GoT is the show for Larry Williams anymore. He is more a fan of popcorn mindless action than character interaction or expositions. He seems to miss all the great drama and acting and instead complains about lack of action…

  19. Isabelle
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    From BuddyTV:

    “Jon meets Mance Rayder and is able to convince him that he’s willing to be on their side. Jon is pretty convincing at this double agent thing, and just as interesting is that Mance knows Jon Snow is Ned Stark’s bastard. Man, does EVERYONE in the Seven Kingdoms know that Ned Stark cheated on his wife? No wonder Catelyn always looks so pissy.

    It’s kind of terrible how much this made me laugh. It’s really not funny (scratch that–it really is). The title of his recap is a little misleading, though–“Daenerys Gets Her Army” hasn’t happened yet.

  20. zod
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    I never understood the point of recaps. We’ve all seen the episode, so why bother doing that?

  21. Isabelle
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    zod:
    I never understood the point of recaps. We’ve all seen the episode, so why bother doing that?

    Because it’s fascinating to see what others think about something you’re enthusiastic about, especially if you’re not watching with another person, so miss the opportunity to drink in another’s reaction/compare thoughts (this is why I like recap threads, as well). It helps when the writers are particularly eloquent or funny. There are also bits that you miss that professional reviewers catch, beady-eyed as they are.

    Plus, it’s quite gratifying to know that people who seem to be smart and capable are on the same page as you as far as loving Thrones, even if there are scenes that you aren’t so fond of, or about which you disagree.

    More objectively, it’s good to see what the word on the street is about Thrones. Lots of other people are going to read these reviews, perhaps people who haven’t had as much exposure to ASOIAF, so it’s interesting to get a handle on what they’re being told.

  22. SergioCQH
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    This is not topical, but if anyone follows Google Trends, “game of thrones” as a search had an ABSOLUTELY ENORMOUS surge yesterday. We’re talking 2.5 times as high as the previous peak. Hell, it even surpassed the Walking Dead finale.

  23. darrylzero
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    I think folks are being a little hard on Larry. The magnetic enthusiasm of his S1 reviews are long gone, and I don’t watch every second of his reviews anymore (or even every review), but I continue to find his reactions extremely interesting.

    What I am most intrigued by now is his notion of progress. I think GoT will continue to be frustrating for him in this regard, but I’m curious to see how this picture evolves. In some cases, such as the relationship between Tyrion and Tywin, I think he’ll have to recognize that the relationship has real momentum and progress, just not the kind he’s expecting. Dany on the other hand will show very real backsliding (eventually) that will drive him crazy. (I think Dany is very realistic in this regard, btw, and I’m glad for that — he sure won’t be though).

    I think it’s really fun to watch someone engage with the world in such an intense way that is so different from my own journey with ASOIAF. It’s different than reading posts by very different readers or viewers than yourself, because you don’t really get to see how others’ ideas about the story progress over time.

    If all you enjoy about Larry’s reviews is his passion, that probably peaked in season one. But for people interested in the chance to really watch someone’s perceptions of the story evolve, I don’t think you’ll find many better opportunities. I just hope he’s still doing this next year, because that’s when I think he’ll have to really reconsider some of his perspectives.

    I’m particularly interested in how he reacts to Stannis reconsidering the balance of his rights and his duties. I hope that moment is a real eye-opener for him that the future arcs of these characters may be completely different from what he’s expecting.

  24. Paintknight
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    So, I just want to say that I watched Larry’s review and saw, with pretty stark (heh) clarity how the show could seem different to a non-reader versus someone who’s read the books.

    I watched the show with two other book readers (one who’s read the entire series and one who finished Storm literally the day of the premiere lol) and we all *loved* it.

    Some of the gripes Larry had frustrated me beyond all reason:

    Plot regression: The plots weren’t regressed. No one went backward and as a premiere, it’s an establishing shot for the show, bringing people back up to speed. Yes, there were some time jumps that, I’ll admit, were a bit incongruous, but to hear him tell it, you’d think they were these earth-shattering points in the show that ruined everything and I can’t say I felt the same (and I haven’t heard anyone else say that either).

    Complaints:
    Tyrion and Tywin’s relationship – “I don’t know if this scene was in the books, but…” – What drives me nuts is that he says their relationship went backwards. It didn’t. It never really went forwards. Tywin sent Tyrion to King’s Landing because, more or less, Jamie had been almost given up for dead. Tyrion was the best that Tywin had at his disposal, to go take care of business while Tywin took care of things where he was needed. Tyrion was used as a tool by Tywin; it wasn’t a loving admission of his capabilities, nor a reconciliation between the two. I felt that the scene firmly and brilliantly set up their relationship with clarity. Charles Dance’s performance was utterly magnificent and seriously was pretty much verbatim from the book and you could just *feel* the withering contempt he has for his son and you really get a sense of what it might feel like to be in Tyrion’s shoes. It was absolute character development and also plot development in that it shows Tyrion’s outlook changing from “Wow, I think I might have earned ____.” to “Ah, so this is the truth of it…” Brilliant.

    He had other beefs too, but it would take too long to mention all of them but I think Larry has an off perception of the story. Even Martin has said that the plot plays second fiddle to the characters themselves, I believe. It’s about building and developing them as much as possible.

    Other things I liked:
    -Giants – HOLY SMOKES! Sean T. Collins nailed it when he said that the show was basically like “Yep, we’ve got giants. That’s right.” That blew me away.
    -Drogon – The dragons were stunning. That look of Drogon hunting was a great shout out to that portion of sailing in the books and man alive did he look amazing! Not so cute and cuddly any more!
    - Qyburn – Was hoping to see some Brave Companions action somewhere in here but sounds like that may be approached differently? At least we know he’s in.
    - Unsullied Surgery – Anyone who says “Why’d they have to show that?” (coughLARRYcough) needs to fully understand one point. It IS to show that they’re total machines. These guys have had the feeling completely obliterated from them and having someone just state, verbally “By the way, these soldiers feel no pain and would not once waver in the face of terror, danger or any other kind of threat.” wouldn’t work on any level. It would just compel anyone listening to go “Really? How do we know that? How do we know he’s not lying?” etc etc. It was a great moment from the books and it shows just how cruel the Masters are.
    - Ghost! – I loved how prominent they made Ghost and that he’s still around helping the Watch, even though Jon isn’t there is *AWESOME*! I never would have thought about making that change but I thought it was a really cool one; especially seeing as he came to the rescue of Jon’s best friend. I cheered. :D

    All in all, I thought the premiere was awesome and had an absolute blast. To hear that the next ones just get better and better just makes me infinitely more stoked. Bring on the Storm!

  25. Pau Soriano
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    darrylzero:
    I think folks are being a little hard on Larry.The magnetic enthusiasm of his S1 reviews are long gone, and I don’t watch every second of his reviews anymore (or even every review), but I continue to find his reactions extremely interesting.

    What I am most intrigued by now is his notion of progress.I think GoT will continue to be frustrating for him in this regard, but I’m curious to see how this picture evolves.In some cases, such as the relationship between Tyrion and Tywin, I think he’ll have to recognize that the relationship has real momentum and progress, just not the kind he’s expecting.Dany on the other hand will show very real backsliding (eventually) that will drive him crazy.(I think Dany is very realistic in this regard, btw, and I’m glad for that — he sure won’t be though).

    I think it’s really fun to watch someone engage with the world in such an intense way that is so different from my own journey with ASOIAF.It’s different than reading posts by very different readers or viewers than yourself, because you don’t really get to see how others’ ideas about the story progress over time.

    If all you enjoy about Larry’s reviews is his passion, that probably peaked in season one.But for people interested in the chance to really watch someone’s perceptions of the story evolve, I don’t think you’ll find many better opportunities.I just hope he’s still doing this next year, because that’s when I think he’ll have to really reconsider some of his perspectives.

    I’m particularly interested in how he reacts to Stannis reconsidering the balance of his rights and his duties.I hope that moment is a real eye-opener for him that the future arcs of these characters may be completely different from what he’s expecting.

    You give the guy too much credit, he won’t…he’s pretty limited. I find the guys at AnimeRealTalkTV (who incidentally are also african-american anime fans) infinitely more insightful.

    I hope they’re back for this season

  26. darrylzero
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    Apologies re: spoilers. I thought I was being vague enough, but I’ll be more cautious in the future.

  27. darrylzero
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    Pau Soriano,

    Perhaps. I’m still curious about what that reaction is going to look like, though, which is something for me that’s not particularly tied to how insightful he is or isn’t.

  28. Hollyoak
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    Good to read James Hibberd’s always witty reviews.

    Does anyone know where I can find a website/forum/whatever that compares the episodes to the books? I think Tower of the Hand does it. Anywhere else, aside from scrolling through a million readers’ comments?

    I am re-reading the books right now, but am only on the first one. I don’t remember the warlock/scorpion thing. Did that happen in the book?

    It’s actually more fun (I think) to not remember the books because you can judge the show on its own merits as a TV show. But at the end of the day, I’d still like to know what has changed from book to TV.

  29. Jared
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    I watched the Larry Williams review just to see if he had regained any of his Season 1 form. Suffice it to say I won’t be watching anymore. To be clear, I don’t have any problem with him not being as enthusiastic about the show as he used to be – that’s his right, and if the show isn’t giving him what he wants, he doesn’t have to praise it. But his opinions just don’t come across as insightful or well-considered anymore (and I know he records these right after the show ends, but taking a few minutes to collect his thoughts wouldn’t hurt).

    The biggest reason I don’t enjoy his reviews anymore is that he seems unable to appreciate the merits of the quieter moments where characters are thinking or reflecting rather than riding the relentless plot engine forward from Point A to Point B and gets straight up pissed when characters take actions that don’t fit his preconceived opinions about what the characters should do. I understand he’s not a book reader (and that’s totally fine), but what makes him all the more frustrating to listen to is that he seems unable to grasp or retain character motivations that are directly explained within the context of the show. I started to tune him out when he started ranting about how the Tyrion-Tywin confrontation had ruined the episode for him and how he hoped to God it wasn’t from the books because he thought it was so stupid (funnily enough, it was one of the few scenes in the premiere that was lifted from the books almost word-for-word). When he couldn’t understand why Tywin might still be openly hostile to Tyrion because they “moved past that in Season 1″ (um, no … and the show flat-out told you why not), he lost me completely. 21 episodes in, and he has no understanding of what makes either character tick.

    I admire the guy for showing his passion and respect his right to publicly share his opinion on the show. It’s just an opinion that I no longer care to listen to. It’s clear that many of the things that I love about the show are things that he’s doesn’t care about, and vice versa.

  30. KG
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    I miss the Sci-Fi Christian fellas. I thought it was fascinating seeing things through their particular lens, and they were genuinely nice and funny, besides.

  31. KG
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Permalink
  32. TastesLikeTheSea
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    KG,

    They’re back for season 3(well one of them actually, he is joined by 2 new guys):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOXvyZU55Hg

  33. HBO CEO of Tits
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    Love the new viewer recaps, even though I’m a book reade, they are much more enjoyable and freee of any “book purism”, which I hate

  34. Pau Soriano
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    darrylzero:
    Pau Soriano,

    Perhaps.I’m still curious about what that reaction is going to look like, though, which is something for me that’s not particularly tied to how insightful he is or isn’t.

    True. You should really check those guys I was telling you about though, I’m sure you’ll like them…if they do the recaps this season I’ll try and post the link here ;)

  35. juego de tronos
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    Interesting, i am going to watch it

  36. The Pain Yak
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    darrylzero:
    I think folks are being a little hard on Larry.The magnetic enthusiasm of his S1 reviews are long gone, and I don’t watch every second of his reviews anymore (or even every review), but I continue to find his reactions extremely interesting.

    For me, the enthusiasm was always Larry’s big selling point. Even in Season 1 he was never particularly good at catching character motivations or major plot points, but he was so very obviously wrapped up in the whole thing that it didn’t matter and he was always fun to watch.

    Without the enthusiasm, his reviews are primarily interesting for just how badly he manages to miss the point of a scene or a character and for just how mismatched he and this show seem to be. His reviews become more frustrating to watch than anything else. I’m thinking it might be wise for him to move on, and I’m wondering if he’ll eventually reach the same conclusion.

  37. Lex
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    Larry didn’t like it? Seriously?? I’ve watched all his reviews so far, even last year when he started to get annoying, but last night’s episode was fantastic, from start to finish. Truly awesome acting, writing, cinematography, etc. And the Tywin/Tyrion scene was the highlight of the whole episode! If Larry didn’t enjoy that episode, I’m not going to bother with any of his reviews anymore. He just doesn’t get it, I guess. Watching his reviews now seems like just a waste of time.

    In fact, I’m leaning towards avoiding all reviews and recaps this year if possible. All they do is kill the buzz I feel after watching each week’s episodes. I haven’t even read the recap thread yet, and don’t know if I’m going to bother. The premiere, for me, was a 9/10.

  38. sunaeryn
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    The Tyrion-Tywin scene was the highlight of the episode. It was so well acted by Dinklage, that it felt like I actually watched him bleed from under his father’s mutilating words.

    Fully agree with this:

    But the most engrossing convo was between two people who know each other quite well: Tywin and Tyrion Lannister. The first time we met Tywin, he was skinning a deer and lecturing his eldest son, Jamie, on filial duty. Here, his preoccupation was letter writing. That’s a less gory but more chilling distraction, given the uncharacteristically plaintive, vulnerable way his youngest addressed him. When Tywin’s disinterest turned to hot contempt—”You are an ill-made, spiteful little creature, full of envy, lust, and low cunning”—you could see Tyrion taking a deeper wound than he received at the Battle of the Blackwater.

  39. argilac's antler
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    LexIn fact, I’m leaning towards avoiding all reviews and recaps this year if possible. All they do is kill the buzz I feel after watching each week’s episodes.

    This is how I feel as well. I refused to visit the book-fan reviews and forums of the TV series. They are totally buzz kills.

    I have scrolled through this site’s comments but mostly just glanced a few here and there. I find the non-book reader opinions much more enjoyable to read but really only limit myself to reading the Televisionwithoutpity thread and the newbie recap here.

  40. Silverstormm
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    Re Larry Williams review;

    I made this comment in another thread but it seems more suitable to include in this one.
    I think it would help Larry to discuss each episode with another non book reading fan to get a broader perspective before he records his review.
    He rants about Tywin & Tyrion being back at square one and calls it ‘regression’, it isn’t regression Larry it’s the shows way of demonstrating to the viewers that no matter what Tyrion does Tywin will never change his mind about him. He will use Tyrion when convenient but that’s all.
    Watching his review I had the overwhelming feeling that he just doesn’t see the bigger picture and has an idea in his head of how things ought to pan out and when they deviate from his expectation he becomes very negative ala’ “the whole episode was boring and disappointing”. How he can think that is beyond me.

  41. HBO CEO of Tits
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    Silverstormm,

    I agree. Larry’s love for the Starks makes it difficult for him watching them on a losing side, I guess. I’ll check out his next review but if he’ll keep bitching about minor things… Then I’m done with him. Seriously, that same guy contantly praises Arrow to heavens and then calls motherf**ng GoT dissapointing?

  42. Hollyoak
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    HellFell:
    Hollyoak,

    Westeros.org

    http://www.westeros.org/GoT/Episodes/Entry/Valar_Dohaeris/Book_Spoilers/#Book_to_Screen

    Thanks HellFell. I know Westeros but forgot to look there.

  43. Pau Soriano
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Btw Winter, on the title of the HBO Inside the episode link it says Valar Morghulis instead of Valar Doeharis;)

  44. Winter Is Coming
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    Pau Soriano, thanks. I’m actually going to move this into its own post with the new Anatomy of a Scene video.

  45. Pau Soriano
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming:
    Pau Soriano, thanks. I’m actually going to move this into its own post with the new Anatomy of a Scene video.

    You’re welcome ;)

  46. Muspelheim
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    Re: Larry Williams reviews.

    At this point, it just seems he doesn’t enjoy the show anymore. I stopped watching his reviews last season. Would probably still watch if it seemed like he actually still liked the show, but to me it certainly doesn’t seem that way. And then the reviews are just not all that interesting since I disagree with most of the stuff he dislike.

  47. zaprowsdower
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    I really like Sean T Collins. I really hope he can make it though a season without making another Chekov’s gun joke though.

  48. zaprowsdower
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    Paintknight,

    I don’t think he is alone in his confusion on Tyrion and Tywin. I think it’s because of those (totally wonderful but deceiving) scenes with Arya from season 2 which lead people to think that Tywin has a heart. Unfortunately, that died with his wife.

  49. argilac's antler
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    I also think the problem with LW is that he’s a writer in college and his expectations seem based on a Storytelling 101 mentality. He mentions often about how a story should go (“story regression” & all that) and other by-the-book ideas and terms that some young writers tend to over-think. He’s analyzing the story with that point-of-view, which isn’t the best way to enjoy this series. Anyone who’s read the book series especially knows George RR Martin doesn’t write ‘by-the-numbers’.

    Also he fails to realize A Song of Ice & Fire is one, long story. He’s expecting each season to tell am isolated separate story (“warlocks, really? I thought were were passed that” etc). Although I do agree that aside from certain scenes the season 3 premiere felt just like another episode rather than a big, exciting boom to kick things off. But I suppose that’s sort of the point when David and Dan said when all was said and done, that viewers should be able to watch all episodes back-to-back and it should feel like an 80 hour movie.

    I suppose I can’t fault him for expecting one thing and getting another, but it’s his lack at seeing the bigger picture or enjoying character moments when the little nitpicks take him out of the story that bothers me the most. In his defense however he was spoiled to a VERY major event. I think that would really take the steam out of his (or anybody’s) enthusiasm knowing what’s to come especially since it’s such a downer.

  50. T
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    http://www.newnownext.com/game-of-thrones-power-rankings-week-1-recap/04/2013/

    Here’s another episode recap from (apparently) a book reader. It’s pretty amusing. Winter Is Coming, not sure if you want to add this to the list or not.

  51. Nerf
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    Long time Lurker, and Proud Bookwalker here .
    Last year there was a very funny recapper that included pictures and rated in shampoos, I can’t seem to find it this time around, any help? thx

  52. Monstadon
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    My problem with Larry Williams’s reviews now as opposed to his previous seasons is based on the non-content, self-aggrandizement he spends about half the review focusing on. This started coming out near the end of his reviews last season but now it’s just plain annoying to watch a kid spend half the time speaking about plot development 101 concepts as if he’s teaching some sort of cheap e-class.

    I understand that he’s become a writer in his own right now but he seems to be too eager to let everyone know what random, very basic rules of structure he’s learned from studying at a basic college level. Every comment makes come from a place of judgement on the writers’ choices for plot progression and not from a place of interest in the world the characters live in. He acts like there’s one single way to enjoy a TV series – and no longer makes comments on the significant moments between the characters like he used to. And that’s one of the main things this show is about!

    First off, he spends 1/3 of the video almost just whining about the time shifts. And on that rant, he’s plain wrong concerning his premise. Season 2 had time jumps as well from season 1, not every vignette took place -immediately- where it left off. Danerys going from dragons to desert famine and horses dying, Robb going from King declaration to having won 2 more victories and dragging Jaime to different camps, Tyrion goin from river lands encampment to king’s landing… Etc. season 3 has more straight-from-the-last-moment scenes than season 2 did… So the entire rant is based on something false. He claims there were no time jumps in season 2. There were.

    He just… he seems SO eager to try and find something, ANYTHING that breaks some arbritrary law of plot development he’s created in his head… that he’ll actually make up some false premise about crap like new time-jumps and whine about it. As a result he comes off more as a ranting pseudo-intellectual college student starved for acclaim for his discoveries than a fan of the series who’s simply commenting and speculating on the characters, actions, and events he sees on the screen.

    He missed many vignettes and their plot points all together – that Baelish met with Sansa, that Robb’s Nothmen seem to e low on spirits as he sends his mother away to a cell, that Joffrey seems to be shunning his mother in favor of Margery at dinner, that Cersei still feels threatened by Tyrion, …that’s just off the top of my head.

    I used to like watching his reviews. I really did. His enthusiasm for the characters and their experiences was great to watch.

    But now – I feel like a freshman literary fiction student keeps nitpicking about things on the show that either fit or disagree with the terms defined in his textbook. The kind of kids you used I hear constantly raising their hand over stupid shit in class and facepalm as they spoke and took time out of the lecture.

    Like seriously – spare us your wannabe professorial take on what a plot should be and/how it -should- be set up and just talk ab what happened! You’re not catering to idiots who’ve never read or done literary analysis before. Spare us the jargon and get to the meat of it.

    The majority of the video is now random commentary on story structure. Completely removes you from the excitement of the world the characters live in. Which used to be his forte.

    I hope he gets off his high horse soon and just comments and covers his opinions on the events and people, rather than some overall critique of the writers’ talent. He may not be able to help seein things the latter way, and more power to him in using entertainment as a learning tool for himself… but commenting on the writing elements rather than the story are two different things.

    Anyway – that was kinda long but, just my 2 cents. I feel like watching his past review was a complete waste of time. Won’t be watching them anymore, as they were already getting too pretentious with little value last time around. Seems like the kid let his viewership get to his head. Kinda sad — used to be part of my weekly Game of Thrones ritual.

    Anyone know of any other video reviewers who haven’t read the books?

  53. Khal-A-Bunga
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    Laura Stone,

    Very entertaining read. These should definitely be added to the “official” list. Also, I’m a big fan of the Anime RealTalk duo on YouTube, and definitely think they should also be added to the “official” list.

  54. Laura Stone
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    Khal-A-Bunga,

    Aw, thanks! And I +1 your ‘add the Anime RealTalk duo to the list’ rec.

  55. Solar
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    Monstadon,

    yeah i agree about larry, sadly. i was a big fan but he seems to just complain about any little thing while not even focusing on or talking about some of the great things that happen.

    as for other non book readers, check out these guys. i find them pretty enjoyable.

    AnimeRealTalkTV – they started reviewing each episode last season and were pretty fun and entertaining. not sure if they’ll do it this season though
    http://www.youtube.com/user/AnimeRealTalkTV

    this guy’s views are kind of humorous too
    http://www.youtube.com/user/Trevschan2

    and i don’t know if these guys will do an episode review, but they did a season 3 expectations and they really pay attention to the show and i enjoy their thoughts
    http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCin5mJGhyXPe7eUnsX0EucQ?feature=g-high-rec

  56. Pau Soriano
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    Damn, everyone is stealing my AnimeRealTalk TV recommendation!! :P

  57. markotom
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    Monstadon,

    I agree with you 100%….

  58. Solar
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    Pau Soriano,

    hey man they’re a fun bunch!

  59. Mike Chair
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    Monstadon: My problem with Larry Williams’s reviews …

    As much as I love Larry Williams, I’m finding it hard to disagree with any of your points. Another thing I picked up on from watching his Season 3 Expectations video — he seems to think that, because the third book is called A Storm of Swords, Season 3 is going to be one big battle. He is/was obviously wrong. So, I’m hoping much of his angst was rooted in that and that he gets over it. I’m going to keep watching him not only because (as I’ve said before) it’s like watching a three-year-old juggle daggers, but because I/we know of at least one scene this season where he may just pull his own dreadlocks out and one scene where he’ll … feel his inner commander-in-chief (the scenes not necessarily being in that order). It’s become a season ritual for me. Monday mornings with Larry.

  60. Turncloak
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    Mike Chair,

    Larry has already been spoiled about the RW so he won’t pull his hair out. Still a lot of strong moments this season, like Summer saving Jon from the wildlings, Dany’s whole arc, the Hound vs Beric. PW will most likely be in season 4 so that’s what he can look forward to

  61. Jon
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    I totally agree about Larry. It’s too bad because he was interesting to watch during season 1. I also stopped watching his reviews last season. I took the time to watch his review this morning and I had disliked it halfway through. It was just about un-watchable.

  62. KG
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    Did you think that maybe running into all those asshole GoT fans over the Sansa thing ruined the show for him?

  63. jimmy
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    regarding this first episode, i find this comic strip ironically fitting and hilarious

    http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/1989-07-31/

  64. HBO CEO of Tits
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    KG:
    Did you think that maybe running into all those asshole GoT fans over the Sansa thing ruined the show for him?

    Yeah I wrote about it before. Only after all the Sansa fangirls hate ge got, he started to get pissed off by the show on the contant basis, and he was right about her too(imho)!
    Also, I have him on Facebook and he often writes some depressing stuff, so maybe it’s some personal problems too.
    A pity, he was my favourite GoT reviewer

  65. Meraxes
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    You can try ThinkHeroTV they are pretty cool guys and I enjoy their reviews quiet a bit, they are actually fans from Day 1 and they’re pretty cool

  66. HBO CEO of Tits
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    On the topic of youtube reviews: this guy is pretty good, if you can live with poor quality of his camera: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujoeqLpnn8o

  67. LordStarkington
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 7:10 pm | Permalink
  68. Delta1212
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    Personally, I’ve been waiting three years for the Unsullied to learn where their nickname came from, and the reaction was fun.

  69. Knightly Sellsword
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    Another great review from Larry Williams. He was pretty much spot on with how they failed to properly indicate how the characters follow slightly different timelines. Last season gave every indication that they were all more or less synced, with the appearance of the comet and the characters starting points giving a good sense that some time has passed and that they were all following a close track — then again, with LF teleporting all over the place mid season, maybe they decided it didn’t really matter. Obviously, he misses the point with Tywin and Tyrion’s relationship being as it always was, but the show didn’t really let on to the extent of Tywin’s hatred for him — as compared to the books were it’s brought up in Tyrion’s thoughts plenty.

    I think part of the problem with the episode is that they loaded too much into the ending of last season and not enough into the start of this. And some things that went first in the book came up only now — the warlocks trying to kill her, for instance. I could see how it felt like regression for some.

  70. JoopStroop
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    Pau Soriano,

    I strongly agree with you! Really hope the AnimeRealTalkTv guys will be back, so much better and more insightful than Larry!

    As I wrote on one of the other post in which Larry’s reviews were mentioned, I stopped watching his stuff half way last season after I realized I didn’t enjoy them anymore. During the first season, they were as if I would watch/read it again for the first time, his enthusiasm and passion were amazing. Something changed. I honestly feel that he went ahead and read the books/looked up what’s going to happen. You can’t fake that enthusiasm! Since last season he’s just been trying too hard to sound professional and trying to analyze its technical components or flaws such as continuity etc. I may be wrong, but compare his season 2 reviews with http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTCC2WM8RvM and you may realize the difference, these guys are awesome and I’m watching them instead now.

  71. Mike Chair
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    Time. I never felt a “time” problem when reading the books (of course I had advance notice of any overlaps between books). I don’t recall such a problem with the first two seasons.

    Was there a timing problem one episode 1 of Season 3?

    Two views:

    Monstadon: he [Larry] spends 1/3 of the video almost just whining about the time shifts. And on that rant, he’s plain wrong concerning his premise. Season 2 had time jumps as well from season 1, not every vignette took place -immediately- where it left off. Danerys going from dragons to desert famine and horses dying, Robb going from King declaration to having won 2 more victories and dragging Jaime to different camps, Tyrion goin from river lands encampment to king’s landing… Etc. season 3 has more straight-from-the-last-moment scenes than season 2 did… So the entire rant is based on something false. He claims there were no time jumps in season 2. There were.

    vs.

    Knightly Sellsword: Another great review from Larry Williams. He was pretty much spot on with how they failed to properly indicate how the characters follow slightly different timelines. Last season gave every indication that they were all more or less synced, with the appearance of the comet and the characters starting points giving a good sense that some time has passed and that they were all following a close track — then again, with LF teleporting all over the place mid season, maybe they decided it didn’t really matter.

    I didn’t feel there was a timing problem when I watched it, but that may be because I know the timing from having read the books (a couple of times) and my mind may have instinctively filled in the gaps.

    I’ll have to watch the episode again to decide (as if I wasn’t going to watch it again anyway).

  72. Joshua Taylor
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    Man Sepinwall, even Greenwalt despite his earlier article are not letting the multiple thread storyline formula beef go.

    How the fuck you do adapt the story then?

    I guess for them the simple answer is you can’t and I think they are disappointed that they can’t immerse themselves into GoT as they deep as Breaking Bad, Mad Men and other series.

    Sucks for them.

    As for Larry: he just doesn’t get it. He’s a Ned Stark lover who is gradually coming out of his denial. Season 1 was self contained and had a straightforward arc that he simply does not have the patience for the long game that proceeds it.

    And why isn’t Maureen Ryan writing recaps anymore?

    I’m sure Ryan McGee is enjoying their displeasure. Too bad the last season of his prize pony Spartacus has been incredibly dissapointing.

  73. argilac's antler
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    Monstadon,

    Ah, good. I see I’m not the only one that noticed that. You stated it much better however. =)

    But more than that, again in his defense, I can understand his lack of enthusiasm. I don’t think he ever recovered from Ned’s death, he got spoiled to the RW, and he received a lot of flack from crazed fanboys for his comments about Sansa. I can see why he’s in the mood he’s in.

  74. Delta1212
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    Monstadon,

    You misunderstood Larry’s time jump complaint, which is why you think it’s a false premise. (I also disagree with it [mostly] but for different reasons).

    Larry’s complaint wasn’t that there were some time jumps this season and none in previous seasons. It was actually partially the opposite. The second season had a lot of time skips, and the premiere spent time catching people up. Season three had some time skips and some story lines pick up hours from where they left off last season. The combination left Larry confused about how much time had actually passed.

    This seems to be the result of working under the assumption that all the plot lines are going on simultaneously, which obviously doesn’t work. If you’re watching the show as if that’s the case it does cause problems. My disagreement is with Larry’s apparent position that the show should be watched like that. If it’s not watched under that restriction, the timelines mostly* hang together much better than Larry seems to think they do.

    *Davos’s timeline is a bit wonky, as has been noted by various other people/reviewers elsewhere. It’s not jarringly bad, but it is a bit difficult to understand exactly how long he’s supposed to have been on that rock, considering Stannis and Mel had time to get back to Dragonstone, have their face off, burn the heretics and have word spread that they were doing it. Still, it’s not an issue that loudly calls attention to itself because they keep the timelines vague for everything on purpose.

  75. jonathan
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

    Deric Bondarrion,

    Larry Williams review was (using his own words) very UNDERWHELMING -lol
    Seriously, this guy has become a major downer after my GOT episodes…going to search for a Larry 2.0

  76. jonathan
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    Joshua Taylor,

    Yep… larry is messing with my GOT night lol. Was all pumped, and he brought me down. not cool!

  77. jonathan
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

    JoopStroop,

    I second that! they are way more enjoyable lol

  78. Haymaker
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 11:47 pm | Permalink

    Another entertaining analysis/review from mostly non-book readers http://youtu.be/p88VJ0p5FMM

  79. jonathan
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

    Monstadon,

    loved everything you said lol. Its pretty bad, ill admit! It was pretty painful watching this one especially. Honestly, the guy gets a lame comic published and (comic mind you) he thinks he can outwrite the showrunners?? And the time jump crap!?! why??? every show on tv jumps time. ugh… painful to watch! Im finding another reviewer, and stop giving him my “1 view” its all i have :) but im taking it back.

  80. jonathan
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 12:06 am | Permalink

    Muspelheim,

    Do you know what im getting from him… He doesnt care much for the show anymore. And he still does the reviews to get views. thats it. he has become one of those “5 min of fame” people… He knows thats the one video that alot of pople watch, and now that he got (whatever the termis for google) ??? endorsed, or whatever… he doesnt care, just all about the views :/

  81. pntrlqst
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 12:40 am | Permalink

    Haymaker,

    I know some people might not be able to stomach watch progressive talking heads, but I personally love The Young Turks and to find them reviewing the show makes me a very, very happy person. Intelligent and interesting adults who (three of four) haven’t read the books. Goodbye, Larry Williams, you’ve been replaced.

  82. Paintknight
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 12:48 am | Permalink

    zaprowsdower,

    That may absolutely be. I think, though, that as many have said in the comments above, it’s the simple fact that he has and does continue to miss the point with a lot of things with the show. I think (and, again, my opinion) that he fancies himself a professional critic of sorts. That being said, someone above (apologies for missing the name at this moment) that he seems to record these reviews immediately after viewing the show. I get the sense that he doesn’t take much in the way of notes (or if he does, they don’t seem to help him much) and he also puts his opinions across as these blanket statements as if the show is objectively garbage if it’s not flowing the way he wants it to. I remember his rant about Sansa, and about how he couldn’t support the character because she doesn’t *do* anything, that she just sits there, etc etc. What he failed to realize is that it wasn’t a situation where fighting back would have been prudent. She’s surviving and flying under the radar and keeping your head down and not making a fuss is sometimes the best way to keep your head attached to your neck (figuratively or literally).

    Everyone who’s said so is right, Larry’s enthusiasm was his selling point. I think there’s a part of me that felt that it isn’t right to dislike his review because it was negative but I realized that, frankly, there have been some not *so* great episodes over the past 2 seasons. It’s a brilliant show, but lets be fair, they make some choices with the show that really, a lot of us didn’t care for (Jon’s arc with The Halfhand last season, anyone??). I think my biggest issue, as stated before, I think, is the fact that his negativity and lack of enthusiasm are all built around him missing the point or being unable to appreciate, as someone said, the quieter or more subtle moments of the story.

    I watched a video of his where he addressed the ongoing questions of whether or not he was going to read the books (I believe this was during the break between seasons 1 and 2). He stated that he understood that people enjoyed his reviews for his fresh perspective and, due to that, he wasn’t going to read the books. Well, I think a change of mind on that could do him a lot of good because at least it would help him get on an accurate track.

  83. Aaron L
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 12:56 am | Permalink

    Laura Stone,

    Larura Stone “Hey, Dont Judge Me” HAS to be on the non-reader list of reviews. She is VERY witty, she Loves the show (and it shows in her reviews), and her recaps cover pretty much everything that happend in each Episode.
    Go check it out if you haven’t
    http://heydontjudgeme.com/2013/04/01/game-of-thrones-3-1-valar-dohaeris/

  84. WildSeed
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 1:40 am | Permalink

    Isabelle:
    Thanks so much! Recaps are always fun to read.

    From Sean Collins:

    “The show’s around-the-horn approach to juggling its countless storylines (and this isn’t even all of them – no Arya, no Bran and Rickon, no Theon Greyjoy, no Brienne and Jaime) is a divisive one, but every character they showed was so quintessentially that character that it felt less like cramming and more like slipping into a dozen or so pairs of comfortable slippers.

    What a delightful image–and very fitting!

    I agree. I’ve been monitoring Rolling Stone reviews for a while , the reviews are
    balanced and focused on fluff.

  85. jonathan
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 1:56 am | Permalink

    The Pain Yak,

    nope….he just wants views. thats it. thats what its all about. Its his 5 mins of fame
    (which is how much time he actually talks about the show, and not writing 101)

  86. Paintknight
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 2:01 am | Permalink

    WildSeed,

    If you like Sean’s reviews, be sure to check out the two Song of Ice and Fire projects he’s a part of. Beware, they contain spoilers for the books, so if you’re not a reader, be sure to be careful :D

    All Leather Must Be Boiled – boiledleather.com/
    The Boiled Leather Audio Hour – boiledleatheraudiohour.tumblr.com/

    Enjoy!

  87. jonathan
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 2:03 am | Permalink

    pntrlqst,

    i just saw the review..and liked it alot. Not a fan of the politics, but we are brothers in the GOT lol. Also loved the comment one guy said about the show opening being like the entrance to your one hour a week of heaven. NO distractions ;)

  88. Felt Pelt
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 2:13 am | Permalink
  89. HBO CEO of Tits
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 2:53 am | Permalink

    pntrlqst:
    Haymaker,

    I know some people might not be able to stomach watch progressive talking heads, but I personally love The Young Turks and to find them reviewing the show makes me a very, very happy person. Intelligent and interesting adults who (three of four) haven’t read the books. Goodbye, Larry Williams, you’ve been replaced.

    Wow I checked them out and they are great! Will be watching their reviews following weeks. The best part is, they(much like Lary first season) are so excited it makes me more excited. Seem like cool people too and indeed, perfect replacement

  90. The Purist
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 3:15 am | Permalink

    I hate Larry Williams now that he doesn’t like a show I like and this goes for anyone else who become such a hater of the show. Say anything negative to the show and you are dead to me. I don’t know why you idiots can’t see the genius of D&D, one of them wrote the amazing Troy and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. GRRM should be proud to have people with that pedigree adapting his book.

    I thought about watching The Young Turks for GoT recaps, but I heard they are liberals nutjobs. I don’t want people preaching their politics into my GoT, so I will pass.

  91. Nerf
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 3:28 am | Permalink

    LordStarkington,

    Thanks, that’s exactly it

  92. Pepi
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 3:34 am | Permalink

    On time jumps; GoT is quite unique in it’s juggling of that many storylines. Who’s to say that they have to happen at the exact same time? One, two days, maybe even a week between them, wouldn’t be too far fetched. The stories currently are so unrelated, that it really doesn’t matter if one happened on monday and the other on sunday. Granted, I was a bit confused, why did LCM ask Sam if he has sent the ravens, when he clearly didn’t have access to them, based on what we sam at the end of last season. But then I thought what if more time has passed and he actually did regroup with the rest at one point (and got separated again). It’s kinda sketchy, but not implausible.

  93. Petrus
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 4:38 am | Permalink

    The Purist: I hate Larry Williams now that he doesn’t like a show I like and this goes for anyone else who become such a hater of the show. Say anything negative to the show and you are dead to me.

    i dont see a smiley?

  94. HBO CEO of Tits
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 4:49 am | Permalink

    Petrus: i dont see a smiley?

    He doesnt need one, just look at his name.

  95. Cnaiur
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 5:04 am | Permalink

    I am actually thinking of no longer subscribing to Larry William’s channel.
    He has lost everything that was fun and unique about watching his reviews
    to becoming an amateur hack “reviewer”. It is like watching some high school
    basket ball bench player talking smack about Michael Jordan’s game play technique.
    I think all the views are getting to his head.
    I watch Anime Real Talk reviews now instead…. Check them out.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOWrmm7FIzA

    “I am Cnaiur urs Skiötha, breaker-of-horses-and-men!”
    “I am Cnaiür urs Skiötha, most violent of all men!
    I bear your fathers and brothers upon my arms!”
    ― R. Scott Bakker

  96. Turncloak
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    “Why this day ?”

    Lol Larry giving D&D lessons on writing. Hilarious.

  97. All_Men_Must_Post
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    My quick review on the episode:

    All men must serve. That’s what valar dohaeris means in High Valyrian. The third season’s opening took us in medias res, which suggests the bold new approach by the show-runners David & Dan. As the new tentpole for HBO, David & Dan no longer have to “explain” Game of Thrones. In this critical first episode, there is no exposition describing the fantasy world Westeros. It just is, like Hogwarts or Middle-Earth, or in HBO’s case, Baltimore, Deadwood or New Jersey. As a fan, I feel the shift too. When I say I’m a Game of Thrones fan, it’s like saying I’m a fan of Madden or Call of Duty or more recently, Star Trek. Video games, sci-fi and fantasy were once the provinces of geeks but today, they’re entirely mainstream. But back to the episode: Four out of five stars.

    More here (so I don’t spam the forums)…

  98. KG
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    The Purist,

    Hi. Larry.

  99. Timmen
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    Cnaiur,

    This affirms to me that people will expect Robb to be killed. Kinda sucks cuz when I read the books I didn’t see the RW coming, but should have. They literally said that Robbs men are turning on him, the younger looking one (Roose) had a look in his eye like hes gonna kill him etc.

  100. magnuskn
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, John Iadarola and Ben Mankiewicz ( from The Young Turks ) review episode S03E01. Pretty entertaining to watch.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p88VJ0p5FMM&feature=youtu.be

  101. ziko
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    I found this guy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=–aNimIJo-U

    very passionate non book reader

  102. orion
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    This is a funny take of recapping like it was a facebook page:

    http://www.happyplace.com/22775/game-of-thrones-facebook-recap-season-3-episode-1

  103. orion
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 5:43 pm | Permalink
  104. Delta1212
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    orion,

    “Jon Snow has tagged His Grace Manse [sic] Rayder, King of the Wildiings [sic] in a photo” [photo of Tormund] was my favorite part of that.

  105. PseudoPserious
    Posted April 3, 2013 at 1:55 am | Permalink

    When does the twitter recap come out? Those are always fun to read.

  106. Monstadon
    Posted April 3, 2013 at 2:38 am | Permalink

    Whoa!

    Solar,

    Pau Soriano,

    Thanks guys for the AnimeRealTalkTV rec! Those guys are AWESOME! I hope they keep reviewing. That definitely filled in the old Larry gap for me. So many quotable comments lol.

    Also, magnuskn,

    thanks for the Young Turks link. Enjoyed that one throughly as wel. Very cool to see Cenk commenting on how Game of Thrones is his favorite hour of the week. And his ways of comparing random things to political figures or ideas occasionally are funny.

    Looks like I got my post-show ritual back on track with these two! Much appreciated :).

  107. argilac's antler
    Posted April 3, 2013 at 4:44 am | Permalink

    PseudoPserious:
    When does the twitter recap come out?Those are always fun to read.

    Previously Wednesdays. I don’t know about this year but it may be the same.

  108. Pau Soriano
    Posted April 3, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    Monstadon:
    Whoa!

    Solar,

    Pau Soriano,

    Thanks guys for the AnimeRealTalkTV rec! Those guys are AWESOME! I hope they keep reviewing. That definitely filled in the old Larry gap for me. So many quotable comments lol.

    Also, magnuskn,

    thanks for the Young Turks link. Enjoyed that one throughly as wel. Very cool to see Cenk commenting on how Game of Thrones is his favorite hour of the week. And his ways of comparing random things to political figures or ideas occasionally are funny.

    Looks like I got my post-show ritual back on track with these two! Much appreciated :).

    Here they are!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOWrmm7FIzA

  109. Quowala
    Posted April 3, 2013 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    My predictions for Larry’s reviews of future episodes –

    “Naw why did they have to go cut Jaime’s hand off!?! He was so much cooler with two hands!”

    “Why can’t Tyrion and Tywin just get along!?”

    “Why can’t they make the Starks win more?!”

    (After the RW) “Thats it! They’ve ruined this show! What kind of sickos make the good guys lose?!This makes me sick! I’m never watching again!”

  110. Donna C
    Posted June 3, 2013 at 12:29 am | Permalink

    darrylzero,

    Larry stated at the end of his 3×09 he’s not doing reviews anymore after the S3 finale. And he probably won’t stick with the show, either, he’s so over it.


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