Video: Game of Thrones Parody–“A Character I used To Know”

This is one of the best, and truest, Game of Thrones parody videos I’ve watched in a while. Not Literally bring us this video based on the deaths in season one, set to a their own version of  Gotye’s Somebody That I Used To Know.  What makes this so funny is the fact that it is true!  Warning: there be spoilers ahead!

I’d love to see what their season 3 version of this would be–let’s hope they make one!

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Stark Kids Sing Intro

If you haven’t gotten a chance to listen to this young’ns (which is on the DVD/Blu-Ray feature of Season 1), listen now.

This is Maisie Williams (Arya), Sophie Turner (Sansa), and Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran) with their rendition of the show’s opening theme music.

Oh a side note, I wonder if their parents let them actually watch the show.

How Games of Thrones Season 1 Should Have Ended!

Check out this hilarious cartoon sketch discovered on Fanboy Comics! It shows us how Season 1 should have ended!

Do you agree?

Character Summary – Jon Snow

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Today we give you Jon Snow, the Bastard of Winterfell.

“A diamond in the rough is worth just as much as a diamond in the clear.” Maxwell Ingram said that.

Jon Snow is known to the people as the bastard son of Eddard Stark.  He was raised by his father alongside his true-born half-siblings.  Identity of his real mother has not yet been revealed.  I love this character, his loyalty, love and respect for the Starks despite the alienation he faces now and then from Catelyn Stark, Ed’s wife.  Though she’s just being a human (who sees Jon’s presence as constant reminder of her husband’s infidelity, making him feel unwelcome) in not being able to connect with the ‘Bastard’ son, I still feel bad for Jon.  On their way back home after the execution of a deserter of Night’s Watch, they encounter direwolf pups, and Snow takes the albino one as he identifies it with himself as an outcast from its litter.  Amidst all of the issues involving his bastardy he got on well with his half-siblings particularly Robb and Arya (both of whom I adore!)

Jon’s position both inside and outside the family subtly chafe him over the years until, when he nears adulthood, he joins the Night’s Watch, after his uncle Benjen suggested that the Watch could use a man like him.

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On his journey to the Wall, Tyrion Lannister accompanies him, and their friendship is fostered by their shared position as noble outsiders.  Jon also protects the shy and soft-hearted Samwell Tarly from bullying by some other recruits.  Gradually he also becomes a natural leader to his fellow trainees.

His new friends save him from the ultimate fate of death as he is torn between his family and the vows to the Watch.  He wants to join his brother Robb in the fight against the Lannisters but deserting the Night’s Watch has the penalty of death.  Finally his friends – Sam and others – persuade him to leave the thought.

Jon finally decides to honor his bonds and fully commit to the Watch, he accepts his place as Mormont squire and prepares for the journey north, on the large Ranging into the Far north that Mormont leads.

He was raised as Stark and Northman and, in many ways, took to their values of honor, and later on, even when forced with horrendous decisions he stays morally correct and upright.

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Jon also has a strong warg connection with his direwolf, Ghost, also a likeable character.

Jon Snow is played by Kit Harington.  Kit has no known credits prior to Game of Thrones, but is excellently cast as the easily likable Snow.  Kit plays him with subtle brilliance and hopefully this will lead him to further great roles.  As it is, he is already slated to be in a fantasy/adventure film with Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore called The Seventh Son, which is set to come out early 2013.

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Character Summary – Arya Stark

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We continue with Day 8 of our Character Summary countdown with Arya Stark.

Arya is the third child of Eddard and Catelyn Stark, and she’s also the youngest daughter. She is a very feisty young girl, who does not really share the interests of being a “lady” in the court. Her half brother, Jon Snow, gives her a sword as a gift to her before he leaves for The Wall. Upon knowing that all great swords have names, she names her sword “Needle.”

 

 

 

 

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One day, Arya is practicing with a peasant friend, Mycah when Prince Joffrey and Sansa come across them.  Joffrey’s taunts leads to an altercation and soon Arya’s direwolf, Nymeria, attacks Joffrey.  Arya chases off Nymeria to save her from death, but Sansa’s direwolf, Lady is killed in Nymeria’s place.  Also, Arya’s friend, Mycah, who was accused of attacking Joffrey is killed by the Hound, Sandor Clegane.  Arya harbors a lasting enmity for the Lannisters and Clegane because of those incidents (quite frankly, understandable).

Arya later reveals to Eddard that she has a sword, and at first is hesitant for her to use bit, but soon changes his mind and hires a swordsman to train her, calling them her “dance lessons.” She learns quite a bit from Ferol.

Unfortunately, during the purge of the Stark loyalists, Arya is forced to escape and Ferol is killed.  She ends up killing a stable boy who tries to take her sword.  Her first kill.

Arya hides within the city, living on the streets, until the day of her father’s execution.  She witnesses her father’s fealty plea, but is kept from witnessing his execution.  A man named Yoren of the Night’s Watch shields her from that sight and takes her away.

Yoren begins the process of treating her as a boy as her true identity will have to be kept secret to keep her safe.  Yoren takes her and other recruits to The Wall, with her new name as Arry.

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Arya is played by Maisie Williams.  It seems this is her only acting credit and for that, she does brilliantly.  I’m excited to see how things progress with her character in the second season. Will she see her half-brother, Jon Snow again?  Will she see any of her family?  So far, Maisie has done well and I’m looking forward to seeing how she will handle her characters new developments.

 

Game of Thrones Season 1: Episode 5 – ‘The Wolf and the Lion’

Thank you to all of you who have been following along with our Game of Thrones, Season 1 recaps, with the assistance of our friends at Picktainment.com.

As you probably remember, things started to get VERY interesting in Episode 5. We now sit halfway through the first season. You can read through Adam Spunberg’s FULL EPISODE 5 REVIEW, “The Wolf and the Lion” by clicking HERE!


Now that the essential characters have been established – though we keep getting to know more about them, subtleties and all – the focus has turned to action. And by action, I mean plotting and scheming, cunning maneuvers and fateful crossed-the-Rubicon mistakes. The pot has been stirring to a boil and all those simmering bubbles are colliding against each other in inevitable alliance and conflict. Who is with whom? Who will make the next big move? The fact that so much of this is unclear is a testament to how intelligently wrought the show is and how unpredictable its characters have become; you feel you know them, but you don’t really know them.

One thing we can be sure of: The Starks are the moral epicenter of it all. Not every Stark is as pure as the rest – one gets a bit haughty with a prostitute, for instance, though he is just a ward – but they are the only House with integrity left. Ned Stark is honorable to a fault, even if it means crossing his friend King Robert (and rightfully so – it’s become ever more apparent that Robert is not the admirable monarch he once was). For a while, Ned Stark accepted the King’s shortcomings and sacrificed his dignity in small doses, but when it comes to murdering Daenerys Targaryen and unborn son, he will have no part in it. This moral stand could prove extremely costly, as enemies of his are ripe to pounce on his loss of favor.

And then there’s Lady Stark, who is also “honorable to a fault,” in this case a severe fault. Determined that the dwarf Tyrion Lannister tried to kill her son Bran, she kidnaps him and takes him on a fool’s journey to Eyrie – the place where Jon Arryn resided with her sister. She expects her sister to adhere to her wishes, but instead finds an insane woman breastfeeding a boy far too old for his mother’s milk (one of the more iconic scenes). As Tyrion proves his mettle by saving her life, she is suddenly helpless as her sister throws him in perhaps the most artistic dungeons ever depicted on screen: a cell with wide open windows, all on the edge of a cliff. It is these unusual touches that separate Game of Thrones from the usual fare, hypnotizing its viewers into an escapist realm beyond our own.

Episode 5, The Wolf and The Lion also adds embellishment to some of the more minor characters, converting them into influential ones. Littlefinger is clearly important and up to now, seems on the Starks’ side. At the same time, the eunuch, Lord Varys, is playing multiple sides in a way that can only be sinister. All these schemes and manipulations converge on a final showdown, where the exiled Ned Stark is ambushed by the abominable Jaime Lannister. Our hero, Stark, is reduced to his knees, severely wounded and without his entire regiment of guards – yes, Thrones can be quite brutal, too.

To read the full review at Picktainment.com, go HERE!

Game of Thrones Season 1: Episode 4 – ‘Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things’

We’re now three episodes into our collection of recaps from Season 1. All of these recaps are courtesy of Picktainment.com, as always.

Which means it’s time for the Season 1, Episode 4 review, written by Bryce Van Kooten. You can examine the FULL REVIEW by clicking HERE!

The first few episodes set the perfect stage for the epic quest that’s unfolding — betrayal, lust, passion, murder, mystery — and perfectly molded the cast into the roles we so cleverly wait to turn, morph and entertain us each Sunday night. A role worth nothing this week was the addition of Samwell (John Bradley), the fat, wussy boy sent to guard the Wall along with Snow and his other soldiers. Whether it was his blubbering words or his shaky walk, Bradley added a charm to his blubbering and an instant intrigue in the coldest of places.

Along with Samwell was more from Petyr Baelish — sneaky, pesky, but ever vigilant. Played by The Wire’s Aidan Gillen, Baelish speaks the some truest words of the series after Ned apologizes for not immediately trusting him … “not trusting me immediately was the wisest thing you’ve done since you dismounted your horse here.” It seems that trust, along with the warmth, is fleeting fast.

And one could never forget Daenerys and Viserys — their clash in Vaes Dothrak proving to be a pivotal point in the brother/sister, I’m-Queen-you’re-not struggle for the ages. Literally. Though, something tells me that Daenerys’ right hand man, Ser Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen) might have more behind the curtain than in front.

To read the full review at Picktainment.com, go HERE!