WINTER IS HERE!

Well, in 90 minutes on the East Coast.

I’m nerdgasming.






75 replies
  1. 1
    Old Dan and Little Anne says:

    You’re not the only one.

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    Yoda Dog says:

    also nergasming here at House Yoda…

    I’m guessing somebody big is getting axed right off the bat. I’m looking at you, Cersei…

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    debbie says:

    Not watching because I can’t stream and don’t have cable. I’ll watch when it comes out on DVD. I hope the dragons win!

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    I’m nerdgasming.

    Is this something you’ve discussed with others?

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    efgoldman says:

    Don’t have HBO.
    When I did have HBO, tried GOT several times, couldn’t follow it
    Lots if ooga-booga mumbo-jumbo let’s be opaque.
    Loved Boardwalk Empire and The Wire.

    I’ll be alternating between the Sox game and napping.

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    eclare says:

    @efgoldman: Couldn’t get into it either, made it through about five episodes in the first season. Plus I just don’t have a strong enough stomach for the violence, which is saying a lot because like you, I loved The Wire, which was not exactly a feel-good series.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    Oh, yes, it’s so exciting to see what Geordie and Sidney and Leonard will be up to on Grantchester tonight!

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    Gvg says:

    I can tell you winter is NOT here in Florida. I pulled weeds today. I’m melting.

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    Yoda Dog says:

    @efgoldman: It’s the most complicated show I’ve ever managed to follow.. I dropped it in Season 1 after a few episodes because it was just too much to follow but then the world started freaking out about it and the missus picked it up so I tried it again. Once you get immersed in it and used to all the characters it’s fantastic, but it’s a big commitment..

    I don’t hear people mention BE much but I loved it. The acting was superb and the the final season was perfect. Such a satisfying ending as opposed to the freakin Sopranos..

    Hope you are feeling better, by the way..

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    Leto says:

    @Yoda Dog: And the show is relatively easy in terms of characters/plot lines you have to follow compared to the books. On top of that, George usually take at least 5+ years between books so trying to remember everything…

    As long as John has a Terrible Towel nearby for the nerdgasms, it should be fine. Honestly, best use for that towel ;)

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    frosty says:

    Somewhat to my surprise I’ve parked myself in front of the TV to catch the last two shows of Season 6 before the new one starts. Gettin’ ready for the ride!

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    MattF says:

    @Yoda Dog: Well, IMO, it was obvious (and inevitable) how The Sopranos was going to end. A friend at the time was speculating that Tony would be in movies after the TV series and was very pissed off with me when I predicted that he wouldn’t survive the end of the series. But there was really no alternative.

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    JPL says:

    @Gvg: Same here except in the Atlanta area.

    Grantchester is on tonight, so that is what I plan on watching.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Have never seen GOT. I expect I’d like it, but was TV-less by the time it started (and I didn’t get HBO anyhow), so it’s on the list of things to binge-watch on DVD at some point. But for all of you who are following it avidly, I wish you great happiness and engagement in your viewing. (That’s not sarcastic, BTW. I want it to be good.)

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    Kmeyerthelurker says:

    Ot, but RIP George Romero.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @JPL: No HBO here, so it’s Grantchester for me as well. My dad records the GoT episodes and I binge watch when I visit.

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    Keith P. says:

    There’s also the start of the second half of Twin Peaks tonight (does Audrey finally show up?). Tonight has been on my radar for a year now, as I haven’t been able to watch back-to-back awesome dramas since HBO’s glory days.

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    CaseyL says:

    My neighbors, long may they prosper, are recording it for me, as I no longer have HBO. I might not be able to see it until mid-week, though, when they’ll be away. They don’t watch the series, and would have no idea what’s going on.

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    Gemina13 says:

    I’m watching it tonight with friends, along with setting up a jar of Rainier cherries to infuse in Reyka vodka. Nice meme, BTW. Rose Leslie is definitely one of my favorite redheads.

    Also, RIP, George Romero.

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    Mike J says:

    Sox, then hate watching Next Food Network Star, then a buncha youtube that I’ve fallen a bit behind on.

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    I read the GoT books, but on the few occasions I’ve seen the show, it was too violent for me to watch. Visually well realized though. Now I read recaps.

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    MattF says:

    @Iowa Old Lady: Me too. But there’s two problems– a real possibility that GRRM will never finish writing the series, and a possiblity of significant divergences between TV and print, even if he does finish. I guess I’m going to watch it on DVD, eventually.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Kmeyerthelurker:

    RIP. I saw him once do a Q&A after a screening of Night of the Living Dead. He was a cool guy.

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    HinTN says:

    @Iowa Old Lady: GRRM needed an editor BAD in the books. The further he got the worse he needed the help. Perhaps HBO provided that but since we have no premium channels I just don’t know. Haven’t felt like I’ve missed much…

    /grump

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    Nicole says:

    35 minutes to go! I baked a dragon cake.

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    NotMax says:

    Not my cup of tea (or blood, or dragon kibble, or whatever). The blatant violence is an instant turn-off.

    But enjoy it, those for whom it clicks.

    Semi-fuming due to just being kicked from a PUG dungeon in WoW while the loading screen was in progress by ridiculously impatient, incontestably rude strangers, after being in queue for a half hour. Maybe an episode of Rake and one of Doc Martin will perk me up.

    Oh, BTW, for those who have never encountered it or may have missed a season here and there, noticed that ‘Allo ‘Allo is available on Netflix. Silly in extremis yet still a fun ride.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @NotMax: Enjoy The Fallen Madonna with the Big Boobies.

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    Heidi Mom says:

    We don’t have HBO, so I read the online recaps Monday morning and buy the DVDs when they come out. I’ve read all the books but won’t bother with them in future (assuming there are any more in future), because the show is telling the story now.

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    Leto says:

    @MattF: There’s already significant differences between the books and series. The show runners couldn’t be 100% faithful because they had time limits, both in terms of episode and series length. At this point, we’re going to watch the show to see how everything wraps up (he’s already given the producers the ending to the series) but we’re going to read the books for all the nitty gritty detail of how everything turns out.

    @HinTN: A stronger, more forceful editor/publisher to stay on schedule.

    I remember we had a commentor a few years back who was a friend of GRR. If they still lurk here, know that we still love him and wish him nothing but the best. Also please let him know not to go the route of Frank Herbert’s estate and let some horrible hack finish out his work if he happens to pass before he finishes.

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    @HinTN: Back when I still knew what would happen (more or less), I looked forward to reading discussions after, say, Ned Stark met his fate. That one was fun because viewers were incredulous. Of course, I felt that way when I read the first book too. I thought I must have misread and went back over a few sentences. Nope. I read it right the first time.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @debbie: Watched the latest “Planet of the Apes” movie and as always was rooting for the primates.

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    piratedan says:

    also hearing that Martin Landau has passed…. R.I.P.

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    Lalophobia says:

    @Yoda Dog:
    I’d be really surprised if Cersei died first episode in. She’s definitely dying this season, (because next season will in all likelihood focus on Everybody vs. the White Walkers and she’s not going to put her own grievances aside to be a part of that) but I think she’s got an episode or two before she goes down. She needs at least an episode or two to build up the villainous breakdown that’s coming, I feel.

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    NotMax says:

    @Omnes Omnibus

    Listen carefully, I will say this only once*: Saw the whole series back when, last century. But added it to the queue as it is short and light enjoyment for when nothing else tickles the ol’ fancy.

    * :)

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    @piratedan: Remember him from Space 1999, a decent Sci-fi series from the UK, though I liked UFO better. One question who was the most off-the-chain character on GOT, King Joffery or Ramsey Bolton/Snow?

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    Yoda Dog says:

    @MattF: Did he die though? It seems likely but they intentionally left it unclear, which I hated, personally..

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    Yoda Dog says:

    @Lalophobia: I completely agree, but this show has a way of surprising me! We’ll see. Either way, her time surely comes nigh sooner or later..

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    Steeplejack says:

    I’m sticking with cozy old Grantchester tonight. I missed the boat when Game of Thrones first started, and every time I think about streaming it the prospect of 400 blood-soaked episodes seems too daunting. So I’m up to season 1, episode 3.

    I will register one complaint about Masterpiece Theater/​Mystery: why the hell do we have to have Alan Cumming come on and introduce each episode in his particularly smarmy, self-satisfied way? Okay, maybe 40 years ago we needed kindly old Alistair Cooke to explain these strange foreign TV shows to us. But now? Just get on with it!

    On the plus side, I had half a rack of ribs and some excellent baked beans. So I will be able to cope.

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    Mike in NC says:

    My favorite show. There, I said it to all you haters.

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    Tenar Arha says:

    @efgoldman: Yeah. I can sympathize because if I hadn’t read the books and lots of historical novels about the Wars of the Roses, I would have been so fricking lost. Now I’m thoroughly hooked because I’m a plot junkie.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Steeplejack: Alan Cumming has been annoying me, too lately, and I agree that he seems smarmy now and not charming at all. Did he change, or did we? I kind of wonder if his role in The Good Wife had something to do with it, that we’ve seen him as a normal down-to-earth person so his persona on BBC just seems fake.

    edit: I have not had ribs to calm me.

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    Sentient AI from the Future says:

    @Steeplejack: it used to be Vincent Price, no?

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    J R in WV says:

    I like the sort of programming Game of Thrones is, monsters, skeevy rulers, all of that. Assassins and lords as pimps…

    But then there was the episode where the protagonist and their party is captured by a crazed rural lord with a high castle inside a crag of mountain, and is imprisoned in a cell with one wall missing, open to a drop of a couple of thousand feet straight down. And the floor slopes down and out.

    Imagine sleeping on that floor, dreaming, waking up closer to the edge of the drop-off every night. Quite a horror to me. I was quite afraid of heights as a small tyke, but kind of burned that out working over the side of my ship in a bosun’s chair. Maybe not really, because that episode really rocked me.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @WaterGirl:

    Don’t get me wrong: I think Cumming is a good actor. But it strikes me that I can’t remember a roll where he was remotely close to “lovable.” He tends to play smarmy or dickish characters. So maybe that’s his “type.”

    Anyway, the Masterpiece intros irk me because the production values are so over the top for such a short bit—including Cumming’s black-on-black-on-black wardrobe—and his smug, eyebrow-arching monologue adds up to about two granules of useful information.

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    debbie says:

    @Patricia Kayden:

    Somewhat related, the actor who plays Caesar (and played Gollum in LOTR) was on Colbert and read some of Trump’s tweets using Gollum’s voice. They actually made more sense.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Bloody goddam iPad is completely borked. See y’all on the other side at some point.

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    TriassicSands says:

    @Patricia Kayden:

    Watched the latest “Planet of the Apes” movie and as always was rooting for the primates.

    I know what you mean, but, um, a small technicality — humans are primates too. So, I’m assuming you were rooting for the hairier primates, right?

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Steeplejack: I think you may be taking it a bit too seriously.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    I registered my rant. I was asked to expound. I did so. That seems entirely reasonable. You are entitled to disagree.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Steeplejack: Such disagreement has been expressed. I take it we may now consider the discussion closed?

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Sentient AI from the Future:

    Price introduced Masterpiece Mystery in the ’80s, about ten years after Cooke started with Masterpiece Theatre or Masterpiece Classics or whatever it was originally called.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Steeplejack:

    Don’t you like hearing the word “murder” said in a drawn-out, drawling Scottish accent?

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Steeplejack:

    Diana Rigg was my favorite introducer.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @zhena gogolia: When was she doing it?

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    WaterGirl says:

    @J R in WV: I’m with you. Even your description was unsettling.

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    Nicole says:

    Hmmm. I heart GOT forever, but I had some issues with the episode.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    1989-2003, according to Wikipedia. I most vividly remember her introducing Mother Love, which she starred in, which was as creepy as hell.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Steeplejack: I used to like the intros – decades ago – when I would watch the Adam Dalgliesh mysteries. Not anymore.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Either that or duel at dawn?

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Steeplejack: Holy cow, I just googled to see if I could find who introduced the Adam Dalgliesh episodes on Mystery, and I see that it was on in 1985. That cannot be 30 years ago, it just can’t.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @WaterGirl: I do not rise that early. I would have to stay up all night.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @zhena gogolia: Now I wonder if that’s who introduced the Adam Dalgliesh shows I liked so much. She was good!

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Maybe duels aren’t for you. Better to be fresh and alert for the duel and if mornings aren’t good… well, we can’t have everything.

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    Karen says:

    @Leto: there have been very few series that were continued after death that didn’t have the disconnect that took place with Herbert’s worlds; in each case the person had co authored for a number of years

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    Walker says:

    @Karen:

    There is Sanderson and the Wheel of Time. He had never coauthored with the author (or met him personally), but the general consensus is that he ended that series on a high note.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @WaterGirl: I could happily do noon. Otherwise.

    @WaterGirl: Middle-aged lady with a posh voice who looks like she spent a good chunk of the 60s driving a Lotus and wearing a catsuit?

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    eclare says:

    @WaterGirl: That was a harrowing episode, I also do not like heights. Good description.

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    Leto says:

    @Karen: I was halfway through the prequels when I started to really hate them, then just hate read the two part book 7 to be done with it. I literally threw 7 part 2 across the room as soon as I was done because I was that mad. I do not believe in burning books, but I’d torch every damn one of the K Herbert/KJA Dune books with utter glee. To paraphrase Picard with the Cardassian interrogator: THERE ARE ONLY 6 BOOKS!

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    Leto says:

    @Walker: My wife, and a few friends, read the Sanderson WoT books and said he did a good job closing the series. Finished up all the plot lines and closed all the loops.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: That Drunken Duel seen was a hoot, I was laughing out loud.

    From the dates, it sounds like it could have been her, for at least some of them. I heart Emma Peel.

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    Feathers says:

    Y’all’re making me want to hack into WGBH and replace the Alan Cummings intros with Alistair Cookie from Monsterpiece Theater.

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    Feebog says:

    Well, scene one was a killer. Go Arya.

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    Shalimar says:

    @Leto: Martin’s other major series was editing WildCards, an attempt at a more realistic superhero universe written with numerous friends he has been gaming with for 40+ years. He has a lot of choices of professional science fiction and fantasy writers if he wants someone to finish the series for him, so it wouldn’t surprise me to find he has made arrangements.

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    Robert Sneddon says:

    @Shalimar:

    Martin’s other major series was editing WildCards,

    Wild Cards is getting a TV series. George is going to be an executive producer but not one of the producers that does all the grunt work. He *may* write an episode or two, maybe.

  75. 75

    When you get to be our age, 71, you at some point start realizing you are not keeping up with popular culture. In this case, that is Game of Thrones. Last night we watched an episode of Hamish Macbeth, set in Scotland, filmed in the late 1990’s. We have a Roku player. On the Roku home page the background was an angular looking sun ray sort of mask. My spousal unit asked, what the heck is that. I pointed at the lower left, where there was a notice that Game of Thrones season was premiering.

    FWIW, I tried to read the first book in the series once; I got 20 pages deep and decided it was the most boring derivative thing I had ever seen. Just could not get into it.

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