Season 1 of the HBO TV series, Game of Thrones, arrived on Friday and Nick and I watched it over the weekend. It was as awesome as I hoped it would be. Thankfully, the TV series stayed more or less true to the book and the differences were minor.
If you are worried about spoilers, don’t read below. 🙂
I also totally pictured Renly Baratheon as Gilderoy Lockhart from Harry Potter (but with black hair), so I was a little surprised by his portrayal in the TV series. Speaking of Renly… making him the gay lover of Loras Tyrell was an unexpected addition to the story. I didn’t get the impression from the first book that either were gay, but now that I’m reading the second book (A Clash of Kings), I picked up on a few hints regarding Renly’s sexual orientation. For instance:
Renly: “… I got Margarey. You’ll be pleased to know she came to me a maid.”
Stannis: “In your bed she’s like to die that way.”
I thought Cersei was a little off, too. I expected her to be more stunning, seductive, and cunning than I felt she was in the TV series. *Shrug*
I felt that Theon Greyjoy played a bigger role in the TV series than he did in the book, although I suppose that’s okay because he is one of the principal characters in the second book. Other characters from the book, such as Rickon Stark and Jeyne Poole, were pretty much ignored in the TV series.
There were some minor deviations from the story, like the fight between Khal Drogo and his rider, but those didn’t really affect the main story. The TV series also seemed to focus on the “White Walkers” (called “The Others” in the book) more than the book did.
TL;DR Season 1 of the HBO TV series, Game of Thrones, was amazing. I can’t wait for Season 2 (which premieres on HBO on April 1), but I’ll have to wait until next year before it comes out on Blu-ray. 🙁