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    Posted: 31 March 2013 at 12:45pm
Any Game of Thrones and/or A Song of Ice and Fire/George RR Martin fans? Tonight the third season of the show comes back on and I for one am super FREAKING excited! I don't even know how many times I've read each book and watched each episode but its surely well past the point where you could label me as "hopelessly obsessed". Anybody else as stoked as I am right now?!?!

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Just started watching last night.  I like it.
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I recently booked up the book and have been meaning to start it.  My friend posted this on Facebook.

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I want to read the books. Considering picking it up once I'm done with the series I'm currently working on.
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Got into it at the end of last season, read all the books this fall and am pretty pumped. I'm glad it;s going to be two seasons for the third book, it should be intense.
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Yep.  That was a good start to the new season.  Mhm. 
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Yeah, this is where it really starts to get interesting in the books. Everyone was like "Oh Em Gee! The RED WEDDING!!!!" at the end of last season. If you've read the books, you know that's really not THAT amazing compared to everything else that is happening now.

I'm more interested in how much the show will follow the books as far as focus on characters this season. Book 4 was much more about secondary and tertiary characters than the primary ones the show has had you following.
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The show really needs to branch out to avoid catching up too quickly...

New season is gonna be great, my only minor gripe is I *totally* pictured Oberyn with long hair...

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Originally posted by tallen702 tallen702 wrote:

Yeah, this is where it really starts to get interesting in the books. Everyone was like "Oh Em Gee! The RED WEDDING!!!!" at the end of last season. If you've read the books, you know that's really not THAT amazing compared to everything else that is happening now.

I'm more interested in how much the show will follow the books as far as focus on characters this season. Book 4 was much more about secondary and tertiary characters than the primary ones the show has had you following.
I've been telling everybody I know that watches GoT that THIS season is what I've been waiting for the whole time. I don't want to post spoilers but you know what I'm talking about. The "Purple Wedding" alone is going to be the best thing most GoT fans have ever seen! Haha.
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The show really needs to branch out to avoid catching up too quickly...

New season is gonna be great, my only minor gripe is I *totally* pictured Oberyn with long hair...

Plus he seems a bit on the smaller side to fight you-know-who in single combat... But we all know how that works out soooo yeah.. I have been looking forward to him more than any other yet to be introduced character. It doesn't look like we're going to see Lord Manderly though, I was thinking last night that if they don't introduce him it's seems like the direction the books are heading it will throw a lot of things off..
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I didn't read a single post in this thread, because I just finished the first book and don't want to see any spoilers.

So far, I'm enjoying the read. It's not quite as good as I expected it to be. But still an entertaining read.
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Originally posted by usafpilot07 usafpilot07 wrote:

I didn't read a single post in this thread, because I just finished the first book and don't want to see any spoilers.

So far, I'm enjoying the read. It's not quite as good as I expected it to be. But still an entertaining read.

In many ways, the first two books are preamble, the payoff in 3 and 4 is totally worth it.

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Caught up with the books. Storm of Swords is some pretty fantastic storytelling. 

I'm now watching the last season of the show, which was the first season I've watched after reading the corresponding book. 

My main thought: I think the show does a good job of making some of the peripheral stuff more interesting. I mean the side plots and minor catch-ups you get in Feast for Crows and Dance with Dragons. When I read through the books, one of my biggest gripes was the mount of time spent in the Iron Islands with Balon's brothers. I just don't care about the Greyjoys. They are not interesting characters and they are not interesting lands. They are, by default, going to lose. They live in a tiny set of islands with no supplies and no food and a small army and a constantly wrecked navy. They are blowhard simpletons.

GRRM establishes this by going through their many attempted rebellions, wherein they act like over-masculine idiots and get all of their castles and boats wrecked as a result. I really don't care for them in the book.

But, at least from the little they have gotten to, the show does make it slightly more compelling. 

Second thought: Hopefully the show does an OK job with whatever GRRM thinks he is doing with Dany -- who is literally the most boring character in the whole books now. I'd rather catch up with whatever Hot Pie is doing chilling out making bread for that tavern in the middle of the Neck than read another chapter about Dany.

How do you go from being one of the most compelling characters of the book -- a kickass young empowered woman character hell-bent on getting back to Westeros for three books, armed with the best mercenary army in the world and dragons, DRAGONS, the most powerful weapons in the land, and then just decide at the end of the third book that you just want her chilling out in the Free Cities for another 2,000 pages.

Good lord. It really shines through very clearly in AFFC and ADWD that GRRM has completely no idea what in the world he actually wants out of the Dany character. 

 
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Haha I don't find Dany compelling in either the books or the show, an opinion based in part on the actual text and partially on the widespread love of and identification with her of fans of the show. I don't want to root for the reinstatement of a brutal dynasty based on nothing better than lineage, and the fact that she spills so much blood in pursuit of it doesn't endear her to me any more. I mean, really, politically there are very few places for me to feel kinship. The wildlings in theory are the only group (though they are not a single group, obviously) that are not engaged in idiotic wars of nobility (in westeros), and a few of the merchant states are at least ostensibly not feudal, though most of them are also slavers... THERE ARE NO GOOD GUYS AAAAGGHHH

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Yeah, Dany has been someone whose story I've slogged through since the beginning. Even when she was with Khal Drogo, I didn't much care for her portion, simply because it reminded me WAAAAAAAY too much of the Wheel Of Time series in its setting and style.

GRRM has definitely hung her out there without any real goals right now. It's tough to identify with her at all. The most compelling part of her saga is, and always has been Jorah Mormont.

As for the Starks, Arya and Jon Snow are the only ones who I've ever really been behind, Catlelyn always pissed me off, Rob just made piss poor decisions, Bran is boring, Rickon is a throwaway and Sansa is too.

Much like the TV series, Tyrion has the best of all of it. Especially given that in this season (book 4) he does so many people in.
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For my money Arya is the best character of the whole saga, cannot WAIT to see the incredible badass she will be!
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So, until I can get a copy of book 2(there are no book stores in my hometown, and Walmart only had books 1 and 5), how far can I go in the TV show without spoiling anything?
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1st book is the first season.
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