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Nah, won't put a penny in that shyster's pocket until he stops making millions off spinoffs from a book series he hasn't even finished.
 

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They are all blonde and I need to learn the names and relationship was a little hard to follow.
Dragons look good. Kings Landing looks a little too CGI to me but overall costumes and scenes were good.
Blood Brothels and family infighting.

The knights Jousting tournament with Deamon was good.
 

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Looks and feels like GoT. Definitely has a 'milking it' vibe, but I don't really care because the universe is fun and we were entertained for the hour. The conflicts seemed very obvious early on, but that could just be because we're used to the GoT storytelling methods now. I'm sure some misdirects or surprises are on the way. I might actually go back and re-watch with captions because between the busy soundtrack and thick accents, it was easy to miss some key dialog.
 

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It was ok - I was a late comer to GOT and only finished the entire series earlier this summer. So by now, I'm kinda tired of the same themes (infighting over who comes onto the throne, blood, gore, etc.)

I'm trying to figure out why the black guy has blonde hair, lol.
 

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I’m still bitter over GoT and especially George not finishing Winds of Winter in over 11 years now and we’re never going to see A Dream of Spring thanks to him doing these side distractions. So I’ve said that I’m not supporting anything he does until he finishes the books.

Plus the show is only telling the Dance of the Dragons story. There’s a good animated telling of it on one of the season’s blu-ray. I can tell you how it goes right now. The show also has the prequel problem to it. I know that any of the actions in it doesn’t matter because it all leads to Bran on the throne.
 

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Potential but mediocre opening episode. I could see Matt Smith's character being the delicious bad guy. I have heard that the show gets better and better each episode. We shall see.
 

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I was worried I wouldn't buy it and that they were just throwing something against the wall to see if it stuck.
TBH I fell right back into it with no problem.
 

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Solid pilot. Got me to watch another episode.
 
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I’m struggling to finish the first episode. I agree with Covert Rain. It’s kinda boring but hopefully it gets better with each episode
 

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I wonder how much I’d like this show if GOT never existed.

I like Ranera a lot as the princess, but two episodes in, this is really predictable.

It’s also desperately missing a character/actor as incredible as Tyrion/Dinklage who brought the perfect amount of gravitas and a bit of levity at the same time.

Bran… I still can’t believe freaking Bran ended up on the throne.
 
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I'm going to stick with it because GOT was so incredible, but I'm concerned about the gravitas of these characters, as you mentioned cheese.

It seems GOT hit the ground running with strong characters, but I'm hoping my memory is wrong.
 

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Still kind of predictable, but another solid episode. I'm liking the pace of this so it doesn't feel like they need filler day to day type episodes. They did a fantastic job casting the princess. She carries every scene she's in.

The one thing I'm picking up on:

Just about everyone seems to be very power-hungry. I wonder if this theme will carry on throughout. ;)
 

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Second episode was better than the pilot IMO. This feels like it's going to be a slow build. However.......
I heard there is a time jump and all the kid actors are getting replaced soon in the season with grown up versions. Not sure if this is to move the storyline along but it seems like an odd choice. As the original GOT proved that some of the kid actors only enhanced the story telling from a standpoint of their interactions in an adult world. It's good but so far not great for me.
 

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House of Dragon already loses co-showrunner Miguel Sapochnik after one season. That doesn't sound good. The speculation started I guess because he was the only one that didn't show up for Comic con. Now it's official.
 

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Getting into the incest part of Thrones, huh?
 

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I know her character is 'of age' but she still looks way too young and a lot of this episode was creeping me out.
Yep, made me uncomfortable. I think she is 22 in real life but she looks way younger than that.
 

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I know her character is 'of age' but she still looks way too young and a lot of this episode was creeping me out.
same.

that set, this was the best episode of the series so far. lots of f'ed up stuff going on and real pointed scenes between characters.
 

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I’m leery of the big time jump coming up shown in the previews. They’ve done a good job of making Rhaenera a focal point of the show. If they’re Switching horses halfway through the race, her replacement better be aces.
 

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I like the overall plot and I find it intriguing and, mostly, realist, but the dialog is terrible. There is almost no character development beyond conversation tto specifically drive the plot. None of the anecdotal story telling of the first 4 or 5 seasons of GoT and basically zero humor.

The show is currently being saved by very good actors, who are saving a lack of meaningful dialog by meaningful states and some fantastic production values.

I do have a few major issues though...

The character they introduced in the resent episode could not be a more lazy trope... a whispering hunchback who immediately starts talking of deep secrets and treason upon meeting the queen... they couldn't have made a more blatant shady character if they'd given him a forked tongue.

And they reeeeeeeally better address "Sir Tristian" committing a flat out murder in the last episode... but I suspect they won't. There was a lot about that character that bugged me in that episode... how is he so full on head over heals after one bang session? Is he really so stupid to think she'd want to live as a peasant in the East? What the hell was with him confessing everything to the queen before she even asked him a question? They took an interesting character and made him into an unrealistic imbecile.
 

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