Re: Game of Thrones
Uh, I reeeeally don't get the Alfie Allen criticism at all. I actually think he's doing a fantastic job. That character is such a whiny, entitled brat in the books, but he's made him a thousand times more sympathetic.
Also, if you're not seeing social commentaries on class and gender in this, that's because you're choosing not to see them. The "everyone that's brown is either savage or a criminal" is instantly shot to shit when Xaro Xan Daos, a very dignified individual and one of the 13 elders of Qarth, vouched for Dany and let her into the city (edit: by the way, character was Qartheen (that is, very pale and white) in the books, he was changed to be a Summer Islander like Sallador Saan for the show to give more diversity and probably combat this conception). There isn't a single healthy female sexual relationship? Well, there are a few unhealthy ones, but otherwise, the show isn't really about that? I mean, that would be a valid criticism of Girls, but this isn't Game of Love Thrones. The writing is lazy and uninspired? Hey StrangeLight, I think you don't like this show and should probably stop watching it? Maybe? Seems like it's not for you and you are now just pulling reasons to hate it from a Reasons To Hate Something Tree and applying them to this show, when they don't at all apply.
That being said, I'm pretty upset at the Joffrey+Whores scene because it was soooo fucking unnecessary. WE GET IT already. I had defended the writers' use of Ros to book nerds on the Internet, anticipating some kind of long term payoff or dot connecting from the books that she'd be used for, but I'm starting to turn my opinion towards the writers not always having to shoehorn her into every episode. And we don't even get a resolution for that horrifying bit! There's a scene later with Tyrion that ostensibly happens days later, after Joffrey said they'd take the whore's corpse to him that night, and he doesn't even mention it! Just really upsetting and needless.
Besides the smoke monster birth, the introduction to Harrenhall, and the meeting between Renly and Stannis, I actually much preferred episode 3 to this one. "Wake up you lazy sons of whores! There are men outside who want to fuck your corpses!!"
Last edited by Umlaut; April 23, 2012 at 8:51 AM.
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