The North Remembers: September 2010
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Hear Me Roar: Please share your own memories of the time in the comments.


37 Comments

  1. Rygar
    Posted September 30, 2013 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    Tim Curry as Doran

  2. GeekFurious
    Posted September 30, 2013 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    I remember hearing about “Game of Thrones” from a friend who had read the books and was following the news about the show. I had no clue what it was and wouldn’t even bother finding out more about it until after season 1.

    It is funny to think that 3-years ago I had no idea what this was and now it is my greatest obsession, and I have now read the books twice and listening to the audio book now.

  3. Ian
    Posted September 30, 2013 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    First I’d heard about it was about filming in Doune Castle, quite close to me, so I kept looking into it and was gobsmacked after the first episode, I went and bought the books.

  4. Boojam
    Posted September 30, 2013 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    I know it’s early , but what has happened this year?
    A few squeaks here and there, the usual radio silence from the cast.
    Seems , in past years, HBO had a like , what?, 2 or 3 second ‘flash teaser’ (if you could call it that) by now, maybe I am misremembering.
    I do know that D and D and Bryan have said this is the most busy year ever of shooting, so don’t expect much from them. Tho seems Dave was at the Emmy show. In fact fewer than ever of the cast was at the Emmys, seems.
    Tho of all things there is a shot of Esme Bianco, looked like the HBO Emmy party.
    I suppose others from season 3 have other jobs now even tho they are no longer on the show.
    Tho , surprise … suprise Rory McCann was , unannounced, at the Hugo awards ceremony and co-accepted the Hugo…
    It’s like HBO is flying the show and everybody on it with extra ‘stealth’ this year.

  5. dizzy
    Posted September 30, 2013 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    Must have watched those videos a hundred times.

  6. Patchyface
    Posted September 30, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    Remember how excited I was when I heard there was a possibility of HBO going forward with the project. Then I was trying to follow on Westeros but did not discover wic till later. But was huge fan of books

  7. Jentario
    Posted September 30, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    GeekFurious,

    Same here! Well, I haven’t reread the books yet. I’m waiting to do it when my ASOIAF/GOT thirst is unbearable and uncuenched by casual GOT news releases. Which will be in a couple months, probably…

    EDIT: It’s especially funny because I thought the trailer for season 1 was stupid at first. I was like “ooh, a number of people fighting about being king/queen. Boooooring!”.

  8. GeekFurious
    Posted September 30, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    Jentario:
    GeekFurious,

    Same here! Well, I haven’t reread the books yet. I’m waiting to do it when my ASOIAF/GOT thirst is unbearable and uncuenched by casual GOT news releases. Which will be in a couple months, probably…

    EDIT: It’s especially funny because I thought the trailer for season 1 was stupid at first. I was like “ooh, a number of people fighting about being king/queen. Boooooring!”.

    Ditto! I hated the trailer. I am sure there is a podcast somewhere of me talking about GOT as something that looks stupid and I will probably only watch because of Sean Bean.

  9. dizzy
    Posted September 30, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    Boojam,
    I would expect that we won’t see anything until Boardwalk Empire is wrapping up.

  10. WeirwoodTreeHugger
    Posted September 30, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    I was already hooked the second I saw the trailer. A fantasy show with Sean Bean? Count me in! Little did I know he’d be dead nine episodes in. It’s fun to remember being a sweet summer child isn’t it?

  11. Jentario
    Posted September 30, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    WeirwoodTreeHugger,

    … Until the Internet is nice enough to inform you of the Red Wedding. F***ing Internet!

  12. WeirwoodTreeHugger
    Posted September 30, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Did anybody read the comments for the Raven trailer post? They are a hoot. People were complaining about every last thing. There was apparently a big fear that the show was going to turn out like Xena.

    Dany’s eyebrows are too dark! The color is dreary! The hair is awful! The costumes are awful! The show won’t win over anybody who isn’t a fantasy nerd because the production video looks bad!

    Luckily people aren’t negative and nitpicky anymore ;)

  13. GerB40
    Posted September 30, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    GeekFurious,

    If you take out the audio book part then that’s the exact same as me. Just over a year ago i saw the first episode (to shut my friend up who wouldn’t stop going on about it) and since then I’ve become completely obsessed. I have to hand it to long time book readers who’ve had to wait years between books, waiting for TWOW is killing me…

  14. OldeCrone
    Posted September 30, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    Hoyti_Von_Totiy,

    I’m jealous of you having the presence of mind to think up such a witty forum name.

    I didn’t know about the series (books or TV shows) until someone mentioned them to me at the beginning of this year. I didn’t expect to become interested but I did. In the UK we are getting a fantasy fix at the moment in the form of “Atlantis” which is a reworking of the Jason myth. It’s too early (only one episode so far) to know if it’s wonderful but it’s certainly weird. Jason sets out in a submarine to find his papa, gets stranded ashore and changes into ancient Greek clothing, meets up with Hercules and Pythagoras and goes to fight the Minotaur (but er-um in the original myth didn’t Theseus fight the Minotaur, not Jason? Mark Addy is playing Hercules, so we are getting chunky Hercules rather than hunky Hercules.

  15. Lavignac
    Posted September 30, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    Hoyti_Von_Totiy:
    New set pictures:

    http://www.24sata.hr/strane-zvijezde/nakon-dubrovnika-i-splita-igru-prijestolja-snimali-su-na-klisu-334371

    Interesting.
    In some of those pictures, we can see Slavers’ Bay noblemen sporting bloodied faces. I can think of a few explanations!

  16. ATG
    Posted September 30, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    I wish Wilko Johnson all the best, I hope he gets better.

  17. Pau
    Posted September 30, 2013 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    Jentario:
    GeekFurious,

    Same here! Well, I haven’t reread the books yet. I’m waiting to do it when my ASOIAF/GOT thirst is unbearable and uncuenched by casual GOT news releases. Which will be in a couple months, probably…

    EDIT: It’s especially funny because I thought the trailer for season 1 was stupid at first. I was like “ooh, a number of people fighting about being king/queen. Boooooring!”.

    Noobs!!! ;)

    PS: Just watched the Breaking Bad finale and wow, what a great ending!!

  18. Hoyti_Von_Totiy
    Posted September 30, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    OldeCrone,

    It would be nice if this site had a real forum …

  19. WildSeed
    Posted September 30, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    Pau: Just watched the Breaking Bad finale and wow, what a great ending!!

    Agreed. Great cinema, superbly done.

  20. TheBerylfly
    Posted September 30, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    God, I am always surprised at how goofy many of the costumes look in the set pictures…

  21. Family, Duty, Hodor
    Posted September 30, 2013 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    Pau,

    Really? I thought it was a little too neat.

    Fantastic show though. It’s a shame it had to end but at least Game of Thrones will have less competition for the ‘best show on tv’ spot. ;)

  22. Khal-A-Bunga
    Posted September 30, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    This is totally off-topic, but I just discovered this fantastic project on YouTube. So basically this guy did The Lord of the Rings trilogy as a sort of deluxe audio book. He utilized the soundtrack from the films, added sound effects, and even had some accompanying images. It’s pretty damn cool. But basically it got me to thinking that I wish someone would do something like that with the A Song of Ice & Fire series. Maybe even take it a step farther and have a full cast. Anyway, if you’re a fan of Tolkien’s work (or if you’re not, even) you’d probably like this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1Rt_usiJgo

  23. Easteros bunny
    Posted September 30, 2013 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    I knew about the books long before the show was announced.

    I remember the excitement of the making of videos, and then seeing Sean bean as ned for the first time.

    Season 1 was one of the greatest seasons in the history of tv cinema and pop culture.

  24. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted September 30, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    Family, Duty, Hodor,

    Yeah, I felt this way too. It was a bit too predictable and felt rushed. I still liked the episode, but it wasn’t BB’s best, IMO. It was very safe. I’m going to really miss the show, and found myself tearing up during the final Walt and Skylar scene. You know a show is great when you truly care about the characters. Kudos to Cranston and Gunn for such a marvelous final season of acting. Skylar was never my favorite, but I found myself in awe of Anna Gunn for her work this season.

  25. OldeCrone
    Posted September 30, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Khal-A-Bunga,

    Going back thirty and more years BBC Radio did a sound serialisation of “The Lord of the Rings”. The “Song of Ice and Fire” might lend itself to that treatment, not necessarily by the Beeb. In a sound only broadcast nobody is going to complain about the appearance of an actor not corresponding to the look of a character in a book.

  26. Evenflow_1981
    Posted September 30, 2013 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    Sorry to hear about Wilko Johnson. Hope he is gonna be ok.
    Are we thinking they’ll recast Ilyn Payne?

  27. WildSeed
    Posted September 30, 2013 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    Tyrion Pimpslap:
    Family, Duty, Hodor,

    Yeah, I felt this way too. It was a bit too predictable and felt rushed. I still liked the episode, but it wasn’t BB’s best, IMO. It was very safe. I’m going to really miss the show, and found myself tearing up during the final Walt and Skylar scene. You know a show is great when you truly care about the characters.Kudos to Cranston and Gunn for such a marvelous final season of acting. Skylar was never my favorite, but I found myself in awe of Anna Gunn for her work this season.

    Can’t argue about the ” safe ” ending, although it kept many aspects in check, with
    respects to Walter White’s character. The continuity and ” as good as it’s gonna
    get ” ending pleased many, and I’m still in a stupor over that pivotal scene you
    mentioned ( between Walt and Skylar ) . Badger and Skinny Pete made me smile (:

    No last words for meth-Damon ?

  28. WildSeed
    Posted September 30, 2013 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    Evenflow_1981: about Wilko Johnson.

    We all wish him peace…… but for now, he’s having a blast recording music with
    Roger Daltry ( according the 18 Sept 2013 Daily Mirror ).

    According to today’s reprint of archived GoT news, Illyrio was recast, totally
    missed that earlier.

  29. Easteros bunny
    Posted September 30, 2013 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

    Can we please stick to the topic? Breaking bad is good, but not everyone has seen the finale ep. It’s cool people are excited but there are other places to chat about the finale on the Internet.

  30. Hodor's Bastard
    Posted September 30, 2013 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    It was the end of 2001…my brother had drowned in July, 9/11 had happened and I had just split with my g/f of 8 years. I was depressed, drank a lot, caused trouble and was generally fucked up when I wasn’t at work. Then a friend grabbed me in early December 2001 and told me to get off my ass and start living again. He knew I liked s/f and fantasy and gave me his hardcopy of the 1st book of ASoI&F (GoT). He said that this series would make a difference (like Covenant did in the 80s) and wake me up again. I was skeptical but I read it. Four weeks later I was done with ASoS, wondering “what’s next?”

    Oddly enough, those first 3 ASoI&F books coincided with a positive start to the next phase of my life. I will always be thankful to GRRM and my friend for that kickstart. And then the wait…and more waiting…for the next decade…as life happened.

    …And then in late 2010, I heard the news about HBO’s GoT and was skeptical. It was “unfilmable!” I thought to myself. Oddly enough, I had just got divorced in mid-2010, lost my job and was down-and-out again. But then in 2011 ADwD came out and GoT S1 exceeded my expectations. Damn, another phase of my life had started on a positive ASoI&F note! It’s been fairly good since.

    Thanks GRRM (write faster, please!) and thanks to the creative folks that made the “unfilmable” GoT happen, and those that keep it rolling.

  31. Pau Soriano
    Posted October 1, 2013 at 6:12 am | Permalink

    Family, Duty, Hodor:
    Pau,

    Really? I thought it was a little too neat.

    Fantastic show though. It’s a shame it had to end but at least Game of Thrones will have less competition for the ‘best show on tv’ spot. ;)

    Some people is never happy!! :-D After watching Dexter’s finale I’m not sure what else we could ask form BB’s one…I think it was almost perfect, 9,5/10

    GoT will still have competition for next year if I recall correctly, as the second round of episodes from BB last season will count for next year’s emmys…although the buzz will have quiet down, and probably BB won this year’d Emmy thanks to this second round of episodes, not the first one.

    Also we have a new contender for next season’s best drama, have you guys seen Master of Sex over at Showtime?? I thought the pilot was excellent and it seems it only gets better…

    Easteros bunny:
    Can we please stick to the topic? Breaking bad is good, but not everyone has seen the finale ep. It’s cool people are excited but there are other places to chat about the finale on the Internet.

    Lol chill man ;)

  32. GG
    Posted October 1, 2013 at 7:31 am | Permalink

    Evenflow_1981,

    Seeing as it’s terminal, they’ll have to :( Unless they give Jaime a new sparring buddy.

  33. Family, Duty, Hodor
    Posted October 1, 2013 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    WildSeed:

    No last words for meth-Damon ?

    “Mr White…”

    Yeah, it was a decent episode. Just not one of BB’s best (as Tyrion Pimpslap said).

    @Hodor’s Bastard: Wow, glad to see ASOIAF has had such a positive influence over your life.

  34. Hodor's Bastard
    Posted October 1, 2013 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    Family, Duty, Hodor:

    @Hodor’s Bastard: Wow, glad to see ASOIAF has had such a positive influence over your life.

    Thx…there was/is a fair amount of therapy involved as well. ;]

    Strangely enough, there is something about the “escapism” of the ASoI&F tales that provides an odd sort of balance for me. I’ve always been intrigued by an author’s depiction of “levels of evil” and his/her characters facing seemingly-insurmountable odds. Simple, happy endings hardly ever work for me. (Even in LotR, Frodo was truly damaged and in failing health after his encounters with various evils. In the Covenant series, it could be argued that Covenant himself was his worst enemy.)

    D&D’s GoT doesn’t quite capture the ominous, malevolent, challenging, cognitively-distorted and oddly-wondrous tone of ASoI&F but it comes very close, especially with the fabulous soundtrack. I also “aged up” certain chars when I read the books in order to process them better.

  35. WildSeed
    Posted October 2, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    Hodor’s Bastard,

    You’re not alone, mate. The therapeutic effects of reading for imagination and escape
    from stressors have helped me as well.

    Have you read any of the ” Kindred” book , yet ?

  36. Hodor's Bastard
    Posted October 2, 2013 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    WildSeed:
    Hodor’s Bastard,

    You’re not alone, mate. The therapeutic effects of reading for imagination and escape
    from stressors have helped me as well.

    Have you read any of the ” Kindred” book , yet ?

    Since this thread was about “the North Remembers” and HMR requested that we submit related anecdotes, I thought I’d chime in. Probably overshared. Everybody’s got their shit, ya know? Not that ASoI&F matters that much, but the timing and coincidence of ongoing events when I came across the books as well as the show has made me a devout, yet impatient, fan.

    No, I haven’t got to that book yet. I am still completing the “Yiddish Policeman” book by Chabon. Funny! Soon I’ll tackle another OB book, WS, soon!


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