May 15th is another slow
history day, so I was going to fall back on that old standby, Game of Thrones,
which is quite medieval except for the dragons and Others and dyrewolves
and…Okay, maybe it is not so medieval. But I decided that my Game of Thrones quiz
would make a better blog than a Facebook entry.
First, I want to pass on an interesting bit of information. George RR Martin wrote Sunday’s episode
himself. He writes one each season; I’m
not sure which one he did in Season One but he did the Blackwater Battle
episode in Season Two.
I hope this will
be fun for my fellow Game addicts.
While we are all living in the Martin universe, we live on separate
continents; there are those of us who have read the books and those of us who
have not, preferring to watch the series without knowing what is coming
next. So it will be tricky to pull
this off without telling the latter what they do not want to know. But I have confidence we can do it. The first SPOILER ALERT is for those who are
watching the HBO series but have not seen Sunday’s episode yet. Read no further if you want to preserve the
suspense. I found it interesting that
almost all of the scenes in this episode were not in the books, and even more
interesting that Master Martin penned them himself. I really like the by-play between Bronn and
Tyrion. I am still very worried about
Gentry. I loved Tywin’s response when
bratty grandson Joffrey whined about having to climb all the steps up to the Hand’s
Tower. Tywin said coolly, “We can always
arrange to have you carried.” Joffrey
may be an idiot as well as a sociopath, but at least he has enough sense to be
wary of Grand-dad. And I also loved Arya’s answer when asked who
her God was: Death. Rather sad, though, that this young girl
could make that sound so believable.
we are into more dangerous territory. I
want to ask a few questions about the characters. Only some of my own answers come from the
books and we do not want to give anything away for our HBO-only brothers and
sisters. So I suggest this. In your own answers, do not specify WHY you
are choosing a particular character if his or her bad behavior has not yet
occurred in the series. Just say; see
books. Those who’ve read them will
understand and we won’t be spoiling the suspense for those who haven’t. Here are the questions.
1) Who do you think is the most evil character
in the Ice and Fire series? For me, it
is Littlefinger, but my pick is based on what he does in later books. So I am not going into detail about his many
sins. This is a SEE BOOKS sort of pick.
2) Who do you think is the most unlikable
character in the series? For me, it is
Cersei. My choice is based more on the
books than the series, especially the fourth book when we are allowed into
Cersei’s head—not a pleasant place to visit.
do you think is the character who has made the most remarkable
rehabilitation? For me, that has to be
4) Who do you think is the most sadistic
character in the series? For me, it is
a dead heat between Joffrey and Theon’s torturer. (Notice I do not identify the monster since
he has not be identified yet on HBO) I’d
actually give him the edge over Joffrey, although it is a close race.
is strictly an HBO question. Which
character do you think makes more of an impact in the series than in the
books? For me, it would be Margaery,
who did not make much of an impression on me on the printed page, but who
steals every scene she is in, thanks to the wonderful Natalie Dormer. Same for her grandmother, the Queen of
Thorns, played by the incomparable Diana Rigg, who’d make a marvelous Eleanor
of Aquitaine in her winter years. And
while I think Tywin is a strong character in the books, Charles Dance gives him
even more of an edge on screen.
do you think is the character nowhere near as smart as he or she thinks? For me, this is Cersei, based on both the
series and the books.
“good character” do you find the least sympathetic? For me, that is Catelyn. I can’t forgive her for the cruelty she
displayed to Jon Snow as a boy.
often found myself wanting to scream at my Angevins when they were about to do
something they’d greatly regret.
Eleanor, maybe you ought to rethink this rebellion idea. Richard, I think you forgot your hauberk;
want to go back for it? Henry, for a
brilliant man, how can you be so dense as a dad? Applying the lessons you belatedly learned
with Hal to Richard and Geoffrey is not going to work out so well for you. You get the drift. So here is my Game of Thrones question. Which character did you want to grab and
give a good shake? For me, this was an
easy one—the noble Ned Stark.
one is posed out of curiosity about your answers. Who is your favorite character? For me, it is Tyrion, both in the books and
as played by the brilliant Peter Dinklage in the HBO series.
10) Which secondary characters are you most happy
to see in a scene in the HBO series?
For me, it would be Bronn and Ygritte and Brienne.
11) Lastly, what is your favorite scene in the
series so far? And which one do you
think is the most shocking to date? For
me, my favorite is the scene with Daenerys and the slimy slave trader, when she
trades one of her precious dragons for his Unsullied slave army and then pulls
a beautiful double-cross. The most
shocking to me—especially since I had not read any of the books when I watched
the first episode of Season One—was when Jaime murmured, “The things I do for
love,” and pushed Bran out that window.
May 15, 2013