'Game of Thrones' - 'Lord Snow': War stories

A quick review of tonight's "Game of Thrones" coming up just as soon as I know a story about a boy who hated stories... "Here, a man gets what he earns, when he earns it." -Uncle Benjen

Though some people have complained that "Game of Thrones" doesn't depart enough from George R.R. Martin's books in terms of adapting the material to the different needs of a TV show, "Lord Snow" is the first episode so far (and the only one of the six I've seen) to feel explicitly like Benioff and Weiss just took an 80-page section from the book(*) and put it on screen. Where the other episodes build to a significant climax (Jaime throwing Bran off the roof, Ned executing the direwolf), "Lord Snow" just kind of stops, in that way "The Wire" (whose creator always referred to it as "a novel for television") so often did. Arya's fencing lesson is a wonderful scene, carried by the joy of Maisie Williams' performance and the playful, Inigo Montoya-ish quality of her new teacher Syrio, but it's also such a small, simple thing that you wouldn't ordinarily expect it to be the note that an episode of dramatic television goes out on. Read More...



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