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Today 01:56 PM
Floki
Re: HBO game of thrones - anyone watching?

An awesome episode 2. A big

 
Lots of good stuff:
- Max von Sydow.
- Bran, Meera and Hodor are back.
- Flashback with young Ned, Benjen, Hodor and (yes!) Lyanna was awesome.
- Looks on Alister's and Ollie's faces as Wun Wun storms the gates of Castle Black was priceless.
- Bryenne talking to Sansa about Arya.
- Ramsay killing Roose was a complete surprise to me. Karstarks will be backing Ramsay obviously (stupid Robb).
- "That’s what I do. I drink, and I know things." Tyrion and dragons getting friendly. Some fan theories about Tyrion might be true indeed.
- Greyjoys looking good. Annoying Balon is dead, welcome "I am storm" Euron. Melisandre's magic at work here as well if you forgot. Balon was the last of three kings she cursed with Gendry's blood (Robb, Joffrey and Balon). Kingsmoot with Euron vs Yara (and maybe Theon) will be fun.
- Jon Snow is back earlier than expected. Although I thought Melisandre will fail this first time, but I guess they need to move storylines.
- Last but not least - no Sand Snakes.

Not so good things:
- The episode was longer than the previous one, but still way shorter than 60mins. Stop shortchanging us HBO.
- Faith Militants bore and annoy me and serve no purpose. Just get rid of them together with Sand Snakes. A waste of time.
- Arya was meh. I did not enjoy watching her getting beat up.
- No Daenerys.

And the next week episode looks even more awesome with the Tower of Joy flashback.

Today 11:50 AM
Chris Kuerten
Re: HBO game of thrones - anyone watching?

Ramsay GOATing as per usual
Today 11:47 AM
Rychu
Re: HBO game of thrones - anyone watching?

Well, that was NID
Today 02:44 AM
Hanna-senpai
Re: HBO game of thrones - anyone watching?

Jon

I guess this season will be the big battle between Jon and Ramsay.
Yesterday 10:48 PM
Floki
Re: HBO game of thrones - anyone watching?

Episode 2 tonight. All I expect from this episode (and all other ones) is not to be shorter than full 60 minutes. No more 45 minute ripoffs. Too much material to cover. Please don't shortchange us, by stealing 5-15 minutes from each episode.
04-30-2016 02:50 PM
selyoink
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You said in your previous post that it was.

Anyway my point is the money is not or should not be the reason or justification for not making more episodes per seasons as some of you were trying to claim.
My previous post was arguing that it would not be as simple to add more episodes as some people were claiming in part due to cost. Ultimately, if the producers of the show asked for a 14 episode season HBO would agree immediately.
04-30-2016 02:43 PM
Floki
Re: HBO game of thrones - anyone watching?

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Originally Posted by selyoink View Post
HBO being able to afford it isn't the issue. The people making the show don't want to do anymore than they already are. I'm sure once the series concludes HBO is going to spin off at least one series to keep the Game of Thrones brand around.
You said in your previous post that it was.

Anyway my point is the money is not or should not be the reason or justification for not making more episodes (or at least full proper length episodes, instead 45 minutes hafling they did for the S6 opener) per seasons as some of you were trying to claim.

As for the rest I answered it here:

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Well not so sure about that. Vikings don't have dragons or the wall, but the battle scenes are much more massive and complex. Did you watch that siege of Paris for example? It must have cost a lot. They also film in Ireland, and I think Canada.

At least they could give us full 10 episodes i.e 60+ minutes, not make the season opener mere 45 minutes long. They could have added 15 minutes of Bran, or Tower of Joy flashback for example.

I am afraid they are going to rush through last three "shortened" seasons, instead doing them properly and will make a mediocre show instead of the greatest thing on TV ever. It would be a real shame.
If "showrunners" are "tired" and are trying to cut the corners with the show now, they should not have started the series that they know will be a huge undertaking, only to slack it of at the end and rush to close and wrap it up. Makes no sense to me.
04-30-2016 02:36 PM
selyoink
Re: HBO game of thrones - anyone watching?

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Also, HBO can easily afford to have 12 or 16 or even 20 episodes/season. Millions of people (me included) sign up for HBO and pay $16/month only to watch GoT. So the series generate a lots of revenue for HBO.
Say if only 3M *$16 ~ $50M/month i.e per 4 episodes. That is more than $10M per episode from only 3M new subscriptions.
HBO being able to afford it isn't the issue. The people making the show don't want to do anymore than they already are. I'm sure once the series concludes HBO is going to spin off at least one series to keep the Game of Thrones brand around.
04-30-2016 10:25 AM
Floki
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i read the show cost 10M$ a season.

if its true then its one of the most expansive shows ever no?
No way it is only $10M/season. i.e $1M/episode. That is nothing. GoT spend much more.

Here they say it is about 6M/episode, which seems like more reasonable number. And no it is not the most expensive show ever

7 of the Most Expensive TV Shows Ever Made

This being said I don't think Vikings cost much less.

Also, HBO can easily afford to have 12 or 16 or even 20 episodes/season. Millions of people (me included) sign up for HBO and pay $16/month only to watch GoT. So the series generate a lots of revenue for HBO.
Say if only 3M *$16 ~ $50M/month i.e per 4 episodes. That is more than $10M per episode from only 3M new subscriptions.
04-30-2016 10:05 AM
Ace Pounder
Re: HBO game of thrones - anyone watching?

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i read the show cost 10M$ a season.

if its true then its one of the most expansive shows ever no?
Doctor Who's current seasons have been around that budget too, comparatively: around 1M $/episode (the Seasons have 12-13 episodes per season and often a Christmas special).
Nothing too out of the oridinary, I believe. Unless they are two of the most expensive to produce...

I think most of Game of Thrones' sets are less expensive because their locations are often cheaper to film in. And Doctor Who is sci-fi/drama, so the special effects are often more evident (even if there are loads in GoT too, of course).


(I'm comparing GoT to DW because the latter is the show I follow the most closely, obviously.)
04-30-2016 09:45 AM
Lazyguy
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just finished the first episode of season 6 , dunno , feels like the show went downhill after season 4

most of characters feels out of place especially arya and tyrion , but anyways the next episodes should be fun with the white walkers and bran stark stepping in , and tyrion getting into some action saving the day , should be fun .
04-28-2016 02:36 AM
Floki
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It was a solid first episode. A bit short for my taste (that hampered some of the plot lines), but a solid one none the less. Everything in the North worked, this plot line should be one of the strongest of this season. King's Landing, Meereen and Danny's scenes were entertaining as well, but I expected a bit more (especially from the King's landing). On the other hand everything related to Dorne should just burn immediately, they should just show the dragon burning the whole island down with the main characters from Dorne dying in horrifying agony on screen. Even that'd be more entertaining and better thought-through than the current situation. I particularly hate the sand snakes scene, they have to add some completely rubbish line every time, this one was almost as bad as the bad pussy one.
Burn them all or just let Varys say on the screen that his little birds told him that the Dorne was plundered and every person was killed and it won't play any role whatsoever.
Pretty much my thoughts.
04-27-2016 06:18 PM
Kyrgyros
Re: HBO game of thrones - anyone watching?

It was a solid first episode. A bit short for my taste (that hampered some of the plot lines), but a solid one none the less. Everything in the North worked, this plot line should be one of the strongest of this season. King's Landing, Meereen and Danny's scenes were entertaining as well, but I expected a bit more (especially from the King's landing). On the other hand everything related to Dorne should just burn immediately, they should just show the dragon burning the whole island down with the main characters from Dorne dying in horrifying agony on screen. Even that'd be more entertaining and better thought-through than the current situation. I particularly hate the sand snakes scene, they have to add some completely rubbish line every time, this one was almost as bad as the bad pussy one.
Burn them all or just let Varys say on the screen that his little birds told him that the Dorne was plundered and every person was killed and it won't play any role whatsoever.
04-27-2016 05:24 PM
Punky
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Originally Posted by SloKid View Post
It costs a lot more to make 10 episodes of Game of Thrones than it costs to make 20 episodes of Vikings or 16 of Breaking Bad or The Walking Dead. Not to mention it's a long shooting process to make even 10 episodes every year with so many different settings for the show, which require it to be shot in a bunch of different countries. GoT is probably very difficult to pull off logistically and I'd imagine all that is taken into account.

You make it sound too simple, like they can just say ok, we are doing 20 episodes, let's go and make it happen. It doesn't work that easily.
i read the show cost 10M$ a season.

if its true then its one of the most expansive shows ever no?
04-27-2016 12:59 PM
Floki
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Notes:

1. New khal lacks Drogo's spunk. Even the Tago Mago whom Jorah killed in season one looked more authentic than this khal.

2. So Jorah Mormont just stands on the grass, and lo and behold - there's Dany's ring!

3. Dorne scenes always remind me that GoT has after all, budget issues. The sparse soldiers, the select locations; everything is soap-operatic and I'm glad Doran's dead.

4. Podrik reminding Sansa her Lady Vows was a moment of charm. Brienne is too rushed in everything, but gotta give her a break cause she so badly needs to serve someone.

5. So Melissandre just gets out of bed at dawn and knocks Ser Davos' door. "Oh, I have to keep the plot running, let me in."
You are too critical. Looks like you just want to find something to complain about.

Anyway:
 

1. Who cares about new Khal. He will not get more than 2-3 episodes. Of course he is not Drogo.
2. Two of them were commenting that they could still see the circles in the grass (from Dothraki riders circling around Daenerys). Jorah just went in the center of the circle and saw the ring.
3. Yes Dorne is stupid.
4. Nothing wrong here. A great scene.
5. Nothing wrong here as well. Davos, other three and Ghost too were making noises.

The only cringe worthy stupid thing in the episode was two of the Sand Snakes teleporting in some magic way from Dorne to Kings Landing to kill Trystane. How did they manage to get there so fast?
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