Winter is Coming

Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

Above: As much as I’m not a fan of Harley Quinn’s newest duds, I love this cosplay. Somehow, model Florencia Muir and photographer Jonathan Duran make it work. Plus, The Joker’s face is a nice touch. [Geek Tyrant]

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Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut.

Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

OMG! Universes collide when the Star Trek: TNG crew watch Star Wars IV: A New Hope! The best part is Troi’s dead-on analysis of Han Solo. She so wants him over Riker. (TDW: Geek)

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Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut.

Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

Somehow those Stark words always ring true. Particularly in Fall. Of course, Game of Thrones doesn’t return till Spring…grrr. (Geeks of Doom)

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If “Winter is Coming” was an episode all about beginnings, arrivals and potential energy, “The Kingsroad” is an episode all about motion. Characters who only thought of change last week are now facing it head on, and many things – comfort, innocence and even dignity – are about to be left behind.

SPOILER ALERT: The remainder of this review may contain Episode 1 (“Winter is Coming”) spoilers. If you have not seen Episode 1, you may want to consider waiting to read this until you have. If you’re ready to move forward, follow to the jump.

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‘Game of Thrones’: What Did You Think?

Well, that magical hour – the premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones – has come and gone. Now that you’ve all seen what I’ve seen, it’s time to talk about the thing.

I’ve said it more than once, and I’ll say it again here, the mere fact that the showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were able to pull even a half-decent adaptation of the massive first novel in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series is an achievement in itself. But if you saw what I saw, you know that they did more than a half-decent job. Game of Thrones is not just a largely faithful visual adaptation of Martin’s prose. It’s the next step for fantasy on television, breaking new ground for decidedly grown-up tales of knights, kings, whores, bastards and darker things.

If you want to see the more articulated version of the praise I’ve already written for this series, be sure to check out my review of the first episode, “Winter is Coming,” right HERE at NerdBastards, as well as my “10 Reasons to Love Game of Thrones” right HERE.

But now it’s time for you to sound off the show, to let your standard fly, whether you’re a fan of Martin’s novels or just a fan of television. What did you think of “Winter is Coming?” Was it rough-edged enough for you? Were the performances solid? Who’s your favorite character so far? What about the sets, the music, the boobs? After months of anticipation, this show has made it out into the airwaves, so it’s time for we fantasy nerds to unite and let the thread flow free. Give us your comments!

“Winter is Coming” opens at a  700-foot high wall of ice, a towering behemoth of cold, hard bulwark separating the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros from the wild lands beyond. It’s an imposing yet darkly beautiful opening, setting an ominous tone for a series adapted from source material – George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire – that’s crawling with themes of encroaching darkness.

On one side of the wall, things are wild and untamed, beset by harsh winter, wild men and perhaps even darker things. On the other side of the wall, the fairer side, sits the Stark family of Winterfell, wardens of the North of Westeros. Their patriarch Eddard “Ned” Stark (Sean Bean) feels the coming of winter. He feels it in the urgency with which his children grow, in the panicked eyes of  the deserter from the Night’s Watch (the order of guardians who man the wall in the North) who he must behead, and in the arrival of the King of Westeros, his old friend Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy).

The Hand of the King is dead, and Robert wants Ned to take on the mantle, travel with him to the Westeros capital of King’s Landing and become the second most powerful man in the realm. But Ned isn’t so sure, and neither is his wife Catelyn (Michelle Fairley), who feels certain that new treacheries are afoot, even if they can’t see them.

Across the sea, in the Free City of Pentos, Viserys Targaryen (Harry Lloyd) is plotting his return to Westeros. Viserys is the only surviving male of his line, a family who ruled Westeros until Robert and Ned fought a war to cast them out. Desperate to restore the glory of his family, Viserys is willing to go to any lengths to gain the strength to win back the Seven Kingdoms, including marrying off his sister Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) to Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa), a brutish Dothraki horse lord. As these elements converge, the  stage is set for a world filled with shadowy maneuvers, dramatic power plays and epic struggles for the Iron Throne of Westeros, and “Winter Is Coming” is the herald of things to come.

In true HBO fashion, the show is so well-crafted that it’s oftentimes breathtaking, from an inventive opening credits sequence to sweeping camerawork to sets so alive they seem to be breathing. Martin’s world, from the Red Keep of King’s Landing to the Stark family crypt, is seen vividly and lovingly, giving longtime fans of the books something to immediately cheer about.

More after the jump, including a “Winter is Coming” photo gallery.

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HBO aired a special preview of the pilot for Game of Thronesthe highly-anticipated adaptation of George R. R. Martin‘s epic A Song of Ice and Fire series –  Sunday night, two weeks ahead of the full episode premiere.

The preview, made up of the first 15 minutes of the pilot, only included two scenes, but it was enough to prove this is a show that’s ready to deliver the epic TV fantasy we’ve all been waiting for.

(Spoiler-ish things ahead. If you’ve never read the books, you might want to stop reading here until you see the thing.)

Directed by HBO veteran Tim Van Patten (he directed 20 episodes of The Sopranos), the pilot carries the chill-inducing (pun intended) title “Winter Is Coming,” and covers the arrival of King Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy) at Winterfell, home of the Stark family, where he asks Lord Eddard Stark (Sean Bean) to take up the position of Hand of the King. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, get off the internet and read a book.

Unfortunately, all the preview shows us are the screen adaptations of the first two scenes from the book, in which a mysterious and evil force stalks  a trio of men beyond the Wall in the North (again, go start reading if you’re confused) and Lord Eddard executes a deserter of the Night’s Watch as his young son Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) looks on.

It’s only a glimpse, but it’s more than enough to prove that series creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss mean business. This isn’t a cushy TV adaptation that will never compare to what you see in your mind’s eye when you read. This is the real deal. Apart from a few minor changes in the staging of things, and a little blunting of the fantasism of Martin’s prose to add a kick of realism, everything is as it should be. Van Patten’s visuals are mighty and rough-hewn, like a blade of Valyrian Steel, and the cast is exactly what you want them to be (so far). It might just be fanboy energy projecting positive things on something that’s flawed, but it really seems that the fantasy series we all deserve has finally come to television, laced with the brutality and uncompromising weight that only HBO can bring.

As an added bonus, for those of us who don’t get HBO, the preview is now available on their website, for free, for anyone to see (probably in the hope that you’ll go buy a subscription after seeing it). Or, you could just watch it below:

Game of Thrones Exclusive Preview