karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (TV)
As far as epic fantasy on TV goes, it was epic indeed. Hell, not just TV, any major film release since LotR, really. The production design and photography were absolutely stunning (as anyone who's seen the trailers will have guessed), except possibly the matte paintings/CG backgrounds of the cities which looked a bit plasticky.

I'm completely new to SOIAF (never been a big fan of doorstopper epic fantasy books and prefer the more off-kilter stuff but I'm a huge fan of related films) and I thought the first episode established the characters and settings well indeed. I already either love or loathe all the characters so they've done a wonderful job with them. For example, I really can't stand the Lannisters, except Tyrion (he's probably just as power-mad and scheming as the rest but he's likeable in his ways whereas I just want to punch the smug faces of all the others), and I'm intrigued by the Targaryens (although the brother needs to be strung up by his balls).

As with many HBO productions, it doesn't hold back on gore and skin but done well and with context.

Definitely looking forward to what's to come.

No spoilers in comments, please.

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