I thought it was pretty much a given that it was at least loosely based on the War of the Roses. It's definitely got a medieval English wrangling-for-power vibe to it. Add in some sorcery, mythical creatures and swarthy easterners and there ya go!
The Lannisters are the Lancasters. The Starks are the Yorks.
"The issue is there are still many people out there that use religion as a crutch for bigotry and hate. Like Ben."
Ben Kenobi: "That means I'm doing something right. "
ritualised mass murder, murder for political advantage, execution, whoring, a fight to the death over a woman, rape in marriage, incest, casual infanticide
Jon Miller: MikeH speaks the truth
Jon Miller: MikeH is a shockingly revolting dolt and a masturbatory urine-reeking sideshow freak whose word is as valuable as an aging cow paddy. We've got both kinds
I've never read the books, or even heard anything about them before, so I admit to being a wee bit confused by all the characters and backstory they tried to stuff into the show. So, please correct me if I am wrong, but...
Was that the queen and her brother ****ing doggy-style at the end, or did I take too much allergy medication?
Yes I know. In the book the Queen was on top I think.
I'm interested, but not sold. I've never read the books. It's the first episode, with lots of intoductions, so I'll cut it some slack. It's also HBO, which allows me to cut some more slack and also roll my eyes a bit at the gratuitous T&A (T&A is nice, don't get me wrong, but there's ways of doing it right and ways of doing it just so you can do it, 'cause you're HBO, b*tches!). The marriage consumation scene was effing disturbing.
They've actually toned it down from the book. For example in the book the scene with Eddard in the bed where the monk guy comes in, Catlyn is naked and aching from ... guess.
Modern man calls walking more quickly in the same direction down the same road “change.”
The world, in the last three hundred years, has not changed except in that sense.
The simple suggestion of a true change scandalizes and terrifies modern man. -Nicolás Gómez Dávila
Note to people who haven't read the books: Lecherdwarf (Tyrion) and tomboy Stark daughter (Arya) are probably the two most popular characters among readers of the books, the fact that they both have actors that seem like they can carry the parts is cause for much rejoicing. They both have miles of awesome and heartache in store for them...
Stuff like this is so freaking hilarious when you know what will happen to those two characters.
The author was born in Jersey, and not really loosely based on anything.
Vaguely inspired by The War of the Roses. Vaguely. Each family (of Starks and Lannisters is a big like either the Yorks or the Lancasters (Lannister even sounds a bit like Lancaster...)
Robert = Edward IV etc.
An exceedingly awesome character = Warwick.
Very much so. They condensed a lot of stuff (future episodes should be less condensed) and simplified a bit here and there and a few little bits were added but the main differences is that the Others/White Walkers were more badass/creepy in the book (they cut the ****ing sword fight!) and the marriage scene was less rapey...
Also Joffrey (crown price kid) and Theon (the no name guy who wanted to kill the wolves) got their bits in this part of the story cut out. In the book Theon kicks the rolling head and smirks. He's a piece of work...