Monday, March 3, 2014

Game of Thrones

"By what right does the wolf judge the lion?" ~Jamie Lannister, Game of Thrones

After just finishing season three of Game of Thrones, I must write about this show.

Good Lord, It may be the most amazing thing I've ever seen in my life.

It is quite simply the most complex, vast, and elaborate story ever produced in the history of television. It revolves around seven royal families/kingdoms as they vie for the claim to the Iron Throne of the mythical land of Westoros. It has some of the most lovable (and some of the most hateable) characters I've ever seen.

The show is stunningly brutal, beautiful, tragic, and breathtaking all at the same time. Characters betray other characters left and right. Characters that you love will die, while characters that you loathe will not. This is the most non-clich├ęd show I've ever seen, and I absolutely love that. Nothing is black-and-white in this show, all the character's morality (or lack thereof) is relative. It's not about good guys versus bad guys, it's about the struggle for survival.

I should point out that if you plan on watching this show, please know that it is not family-friendly and it's not for the easily offended :)

Have you seen Game of Thrones? Would this type of show interest you? If not, what is your current favorite show?

89 comments:

  1. Love, love, LOVE "Game of Thrones". The hubby and I discovered it right after Season 1 came out, and we've been hooked ever since. I'm personally (We haven't started the new season yet!) hoping the baby dragons take over the whole show :)

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  2. I've finally caught up on my viewing and yes, brilliant show!

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  3. Definitely not about good guys vs bad guys because, with very few exceptions, the characters are all so brilliantly nuanced that even the ones you don't love have qualities with which you sympathize and those you love do things that disturb or distress you.

    I was talking with someone about how each season the ninth episode has the most intense narrative moment and is followed by a tenth episode that is less shocking. In context, a mutual friend had said season 2 should have ended with the 9th episode but, after watching all three seasons, you see what the writers are doing, how they are using the most dramatic moments just before the final episode where we see the fallout that follows.

    So, now that I've read all five books, I'm trying to think what will be the climactic moments of episode 9 in season 4. I think I have some ideas and, if I'm wrong, I know I'll enjoy every delicious moment of the season anyway.

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  4. I've never seen this show but it sounds enthralling... I only watch about 2 maybe 3 hours of TV per week. I have heard some really great reviews on this show... I may have to look this up on line ;-)

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  5. I have never seen this show but I would probably watch it with My Hero. I Like Dr Who right now. B

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  6. I have not watched it -- but I am not into that era :) I have a friend who is reading the books and she loves them! :) I am more of a crime drama girl -- in books and TV/film.....

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  7. gosh, i love the books and i love the show! Martin is a real twister. what i really love about the books is that Martin lets you get to know into the characters gradually as if you really getting to know someone in real life. I can feel less sympathetic to some of the characters i like first. and the characters that i thought were annoying, turned out they have the other side that make me love them eventually. and the story is so human. basic reason of war - the search of power.

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  8. Not much time for TV :( but sounds very interesting!

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  9. Fabulous write up Keith. I don't watch a lot of TV besides news and the food channel, and hgtv

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  10. I haven't seen Game Of Thrones but it really sounds like something that would interest me. There are two things stopping me; the hype the show gets is the first. I never believe the hype and tend to not watch things that people want to force down my throat. The other is that characters seem to die every five seconds. I don't want to get invested in a character then have them die, and try to keep up with all of this.

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  11. i havent seen game of thrones yet...but with the new season i might just have to ....i have been wanting to start the books...waiting to grab the first one at the used book store...

    i am glad Vikings is back on...also like, The Walking Dead, Chicago Fire/Chicago PD and Arrow.

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    1. Just mentioned the walking dead....love it

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  12. Keith
    I will stick to my weekly WALKING DEAD ......my nerves couldn't cope with another tv romp

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  13. LOVE this show! I'm only part way into Season 3 right now. (Jaime just lost something important to him, and Daenarys just demonstrated how much she hates slavery.) I love how surprisingly deep the characters are, and how they surprise you.

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  14. Hello Keith,

    We have no television........we realise that this makes us appear to be creatures from another planet.....and it means that we have no idea what Game of Thrones may be like or be about. Indeed, at first glance we thought it to be a board game, rather like Monopoly, but instead of houses and hotels there would be palaces and castles. It appears not.

    Can we resist the temptation to have a wrap-around television for the pleasure of viewing Game of Thrones? Well, there is bound to be the DVD.

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  15. I have this on my To-Be-Watched list - heard so many amazing things about it.

    A few people already mentioned THE WALKING DEAD - my favorite! Love. It. :)

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  16. I haven't watched it, but it sounds like something my husband would enjoy. :)

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  17. Never heard of it. I love reading historical fiction, but this sounds a little too brutal to watch...so my answer to watching would be a No.

    Hugs...

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  18. I don't think this would be my cup of tea if there's brutality and violence. I can't handle that, but I love what you've said about it. Really tempting.

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  19. It sounds interesting...more like a sit by a cozy fire and watch during the winter type thing for me

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  20. No I have not seen the movie, and I don't find this at all pleasing, sorry Keith.

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  21. The Walking Dead still wins out for me, but Game of Thrones is awesome, red wedding caught me off guard. Revolution, Person of Interest and Arrow are my other tops I'd say that are on, until 24 comes back, then that beats all.

    Only thing about Game of Thrones that is annoying is there are 1000 characters on the damn thing, everything happens so friggin slow, sit there yap, skip to next character, sit there yap, 5 minutes left on the episode, something big happens, next episode rinse repeat.

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  22. I haven't seen it yet Keith (shame on me!), but it sounds like the type of show I would really like.
    It is now on my "to watch" list!

    Many thanks for bringing it to my attention...:)

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  23. oh my, i love game of thrones! cannot wait for the new season, and also cannot believe that i haven't read the books yet.. it is so good. x

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  24. i've not read the books but have watched the series since the start. it is so complicated with names, interactions, etc., i feel like i need a refresher course or cheat notes before the next season begins. it is really well done, though - special effects, characters you both love and hate at the same time.

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  25. I have never heard of game of thrones but it sounds very interesting.

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  26. I resisted the Game of Thrones hysteria for a long time now love the show and books: it's amazing!

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  27. fabulousness! can't wait for season four!
    i've been reading the books ahead of the shows - gives me even more to look forward to and more behind the scenes info. love it!!!
    this next season (which is the second half the last book) is going to knock your socks off! i was ticked they didn't get to some of the stuff in season 3.
    Martin is legendary. Shakespeare legendary. imho =)

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  28. I love Game of Thrones and I am so excited for it to return again! I like how the costumes and scenery are like another character. It is thought provoking and entertaining. I can't wait to see what happens next. . . .

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  29. Well, your post as definitely intrigued me. I have not watched the Game of Thrones....but you strike me as a discerning critic, so perhaps I should consider watching the earlier seasons and catching up...

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  30. People have probably told you this already, but try to read the books! They have even more detail and show sides of characters that you weren't expecting.

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  31. I like your recommendations so I'll check this one out!

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  32. I've not seen this show. We watch Netflix so we watch old stuff. We never go to the movies and the new actors we wouldn't even know. I watched House of Cards and that was very good.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  33. After many people recommended that I watch this show I did a Game of Thrones marathon in just a few days. My brain felt like it was on overload. I'm still digesting everything. I totally agree with your assessment and have to admit how disappointed I was as characters have been killed off, but perhaps that's the only way other characters stand a chance of developing.

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  34. I haven't watched the television show but have all the books on my reading list. Hope to read them this year.

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  35. Cudnt find time to watch it :(

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  36. Oops, I have missed this. I guess one should start with season one. I tried to jump into the middle of Downton Abbey and was lost.
    I am a bit put off with your saying some favorites died. I tend to get attached. That might keep me from it but we will see. Your enthusiasm makes me want to try.

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  37. I love Game of Thrones a lot! It's soooo good! I just always get confused with all the names! :)

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  38. My daughter fell in love with the books. I have not checked into either the show or the books, but your description makes me want to see the show.

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  39. So it would be pretty hard to make predictions on this show.

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  40. I have never watched it. Does sound intriguing for sure. My favorite show currently is Homeland. I was a big 24 fan and was sad when they killed it...but I heard Jack is coming back on May 5!! I also like Restaurant Impossible, ha.

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  41. Nope and Nope....I am more of a Doc Martin fan..LOL

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  42. Game of Thrones is the best! I read an article about the writer and he likes to keep the reader on their toes and wants to play with the love and hate of each of the characters.

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  43. I must admit that I totally love it...but the brutality breaks my heart. My husband watches it, then gives me a synopsis. When he was reading the series, he would tell me the story (excellently), leave me hanging. Someday.

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  44. Oh, this sounds like just the kind of movie that I'd like. I haven't seen it yet, but now I must. I like shows that emphasize struggle for survival - it gives us inspiration in our own struggles in life. Thanks for the review, and no, I'm not easily offended haha.

    ~Sheri

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  45. I am not into any series now because I know it is addicting and I will keep on watching and watching it, like a soap opera ~ I have seen the trailer and its too bloody for me (the fighting scenes) though the sex scenes are also bloody juicy, smiles ~ Perhaps later on I will watch it, ha ~

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  46. I've never seen it - but have heard good things. I'll probably watch it the same way I watch just about everything - five years late...

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  47. Keith,

    Thank you for your explanation about Game of Thrones. I have heard of it, but knew little about its subject matter.
    In truth, it is not at all my 'cup of tea.' Perhaps it is acted out, rather like a modern day Shakespearean series. I do like the flaws and complexities of the human behaviours.
    I am not hugely addicted to anything on television these days. I am however very keen on reading and extending my knowledge of the fabulous Irish-born writer, Samuel Beckett:)
    Have a great week Keith,
    Eileen :)

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  48. I've heard a lot about Game of Thrones, but I've never watched it. We don't have Netflix or HBO. I think I would like it.

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  49. I did start watching the first season and really enjoyed it. When I got pregnant it was too much for my raging hormones.. I need to get back in to it again. I did really like it.

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  50. I have not watched it yet. I have heard it is great, however there are many other shows in my queue to catch up on. Right now, it is all about Bones. Somehow, I can watch the gore mixed with incredible comedy on Bones, yet show me something like Tosh.O and I cringe and look away.

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  51. I haven't seen it, but I haven't seen ANY popular shows on TV. I still haven't seen Breaking Bad, lolol.

    I'm a slacker when it comes to the tube. :)

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  52. When the first season of G of T came out I watched the first ten minutes of it and the killing of the deer, with all the blood and gore, I just couldn't do it.
    I did get in to the Tudors when that was on and was completely addicted to it.
    Now, we are watching Northern Exposure. (Again). Talk about good writing!
    It's fun to see things you missed the first time around. It just gets better.
    And we never tire of Frasier reruns. Lol.

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  53. YES OMAYGAD. and i'm following you now just because of this post hahhaha. Let's rave when season 4 begins!! i can't wait!! reading the books is satisfaction for the geeks, like when ned died i was affected for a whole day i couldn't understand why the author had to do that to my sweet sweet heart. hahaha. but watching it is a different experience altogether because i have no choice but to deal with all that gore. and the SET! i love how elaborate and mindblowing the whole set is on its own. WEE.

    okay i got a little too excited. haha.

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  54. I saw disc one of Game of Thrones and I did not like it. I don't have television but I do rent a series if my friends recommend it. Two shows that I do love are Downton Abby and Sherlock.

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  55. I've never seen it actually, but my husband LOVES it! He has even read the books. It's funny, because when he is watching it, every time I walk in the room there's something, um, provocative happening on screen! I'm like, "What are you watching?!" So funny. I have impeccable timing apparently.

    My favorite show is The Walking Dead!

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  56. I have never seen this, Keith and, to be honest, it doesn't sound like something I plan to...however, thank you so much for sharing about it!

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  57. I started S1 and liked what I watched so far, but I stopped because I'm trying to read the books first. I'm halfway through the first book and really need to finish it soon. Martin records every, little detail so I felt like it was a tedious read at first, but now things are picking up a bit and I'm really getting into it. When I started reading it I told a friend and she said, "Let me know when you throw the book across the room." I asked her why and she said, "Everyone I know who has read the series has thrown the book across the room at some point." So now I'm on pins and needles waiting for my favorite characters to die.

    My current favorite show.... it switches up a lot. I'm watching Veronica Mars before the movie comes out and loving it, as usual. For shows currently airing, I was kind of tiring of Beauty and the Beast, Bones and Pretty Little Liars but suddenly they have all picked up and I can't get enough. And I'm behind on this one, but Reign. When I watched the first six or so episodes I actually sat down to just watch one and I watched them all! And then Dracula... I'm torn on it because I'm not sure I love it, but I do love Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the title role (PERFECT casting!) and my little Mina was named after the character from the book. :)

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  58. Game of Thrones is not my kind of programme.

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  59. I've never even heard of this show, but we'll give it a try. Thank you for the recommendation, Keith.

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    1. Keith, you are not going to believe this! I was just reading the paper this morning and saw a huge article with the heading "Game of Thrones". What a chuckle to find that it was about colonoscopies, throne being the toilet.

      I mentioned the series to my husband, but he said he's seen it and the series would not be for me since I'm not good with screen violence.

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  60. I so need to watch this show! You really made me curious about it. Unfortunately we don't have it here in Germany (I think...I hardly ever watch TV).
    My all time favorites are Friends and Dawson's Creek. I have no idea about any shows that aired over the past years thanks to no time to watch any. But that's not only a bad thing, is it? ;)

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  61. I hardly get time to watch TV ... books serve the purpose for me :-)

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  62. I have to say that I don't watch much TV and have not seen Game of Thrones although I have heard about it. I do like watching Interior design shows and the ocassionally cooking programme.
    Books on the other hand . . .

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  63. I've heard stellar reviews about Game of Thrones. I've got to get around to watching it sometime soon. I only purchase HBO when True Blood is in season (my #1 show of all time).

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  64. Never heard of it but thank you I"ll look for the DVDs to come out, I don't have cable I love getting DVDs because there are so many wonderful bonus features and it's fantastic.....my favourite was FRINGE' it could have lasted a long long time if they hadn't switched almost immediately to the other universe, they did that too soon and it ruined one of best shows I have ever seen.I like Supernatural, The Mentalist, Grey's Anatomy, Dexter...and of course Bones, Angel lol

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  65. I've never seen it, it just didn't look like my type of show.
    Some of my favorite shows are...
    Supernatural
    Criminal Minds
    The Vampire Diaries
    The Originals
    Law & Order SVU
    Teen Wolf

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  66. I've never seen it, but I would like to have all the seasons on DVD. I watch Grey's Anatomy, Criminal Minds, The Following, NCIS,The Blacklist, and a lot more

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  67. Read the books. Watch the show. Obsessed with both. It's not healthy, really.

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  68. Haven't partaken. Love a lot of that sort of historical ancient thing...just finished Tristan & Isolde on Netflix. Maybe I should try the Game...just the word "game" is a turn-off for me but I might like the historical context and costuming...I'll give it a try. Otherwise, it's just Law & Order SVU for me...I don't like much that's on TV...Downton Abbey is fun to follow, Call the Midwife. PBS stuff.

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  69. Game of Thrones is one of my husband's favorite shows. He says it's quite compelling. I don't sit in front of the TV long enough to get involved, but it's good to know writers and producers can actually come up with something interesting.

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  70. Game of Thrones is the best TV show I have ever seen!!!! Peter Dinklage as Tyrion is outstanding ~ but I could name actor/character after actor/character. Still mourning Sean Bean! Sometimes fantasy can reveal more about the human heart than fiction. I'm really looking forward to the next season ~ just how big will those dragons be????? Take care!

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  71. Read the books is my advice to you.

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  72. never seen it! I don't really watch tv apart from nature programmes, tennis and the Simpsons

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  73. So many of my friends watch and love this show. I've been wanting to check it out. I think I shall do so starting this weekend;)

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  74. I have not seen it. When I watch lately, have been watching a few reality shows like Cake Boss. Another more recent favorite is NCIS. My husband is to blame for that; he watched a marathon of it on USA Network a while back and we both got drawn in. Now it's the only show I look forward to all week. :)

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  75. I can see why you would like this show, Keith! The full spectrum of human triumph and failings. I have not seen it, but my daughter and son in law watch it and love it. I can't watch anything violent, not even nature shows. It disturbs my peace of mind. I stick with comedies and family sagas like Downton Abbey. And I love the Young and the Restless. I know...I'm a housewife cliche, but it is really a good show. xo Karen

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  76. We just finished Breaking Bad. In mourning at the moment. Somewhat on the fence about House of Cards. This one is next on the list. Looking forward to watching. Thanks for the review!
    Cortne

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  77. I've heard wonderful things about Game of Thrones, but I don't have TV! Maybe when I move, I can finally see it.
    I may read the books, though, we do have those...

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  78. Nah! I'd have to give this one a miss. Everyone was raving about Breaking Bad but I couldn't get into that either. I'm afraid I'm a sad example of being faithful to The Mentalist even though Red John is now out of the picture.!

    My guilty pleasure is Judge Judy but please don't let anyone know that, I'd be mortified (and a genius moron full of baloney!) if anyone knew about this.......!

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  79. Haven't been much of a TV program connoisseur ~ but yes I do believe I would like to see it . I enjoy being swept up in the unusual, that makes you think fully. Perhaps I shall take a peek.

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  80. I have read all the books so I am good for now, I probably wait until the show is finished and check it out. Not much into watching TV at the moment.

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  81. Oh Gosh Keith I never watch anything fantasy. Do I have a closed mind or am I happy living my own fantasy?

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  82. Hey Keith,

    That show is here in Britain. It gets rave reviews. I personally have not watched it.

    I do watch Coronation Street. Cult watching in Britain and even Canada.

    Gary :)

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  83. I'm a fan of Game of Thrones, I'm hooked, the production and details are superb! The story of course is remarkable, kudos to the author and for those that bring the book story alive... I can't explain it well here and express in short detail.

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  84. I've heard so many talk about this show, but I'm not sure I could keep up with it. I leave most tv watching for all-nighters when I can't sleep.

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  85. If it ever goes on Netflix, I will totally watch it. :)

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  86. All my friends are watching this show and they are awaiting season four -I think-, but I haven´t watched it and I am not planning to do it... don´t ask me why, but I don´t feel like doing it. One of them give me the books as a present, but I haven´t read them either, however I would like to do it.

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