Video Podcast of Game of Thrones, Season 1, Episode 1, “Winter is Coming”

To while away the dreary days until Game of Thrones reappears on our television screens, SEK and I have decided to start at the beginning of the show, analyzing the first season, both in terms of its visual rhetoric, the politics and history of Westeros, and the transition from page to screen.

Here’s our discussion of the first episode, “Winter is Coming”:

Check it out!

4 thoughts on “Video Podcast of Game of Thrones, Season 1, Episode 1, “Winter is Coming”

  1. Sean C. says:

    You guys mention the fact that the Stark family unit, as seen here, dissolves almost immediately. I’ve thought about that too, in terms of character relationships that fans debate in later seasons, and how little there actually is to some of them on screen.

    Like, “The Rains of Castamere” sees Arya desperate to reunite with her mother and oldest brother, neither of whom she ever actually talked to onscreen. Sansa did get to talk to her mother, but has never spoken to any of her brothers.

    • stevenattewell says:

      Yeah, this is one of the things lost in translation between mediums – Arya and Sansa think a lot about their relationships with their brothers in the past, or about how the other one is doing, but don’t really say as much.

  2. Yi Li says:

    About Dany coming to love her rapist and such: I think it’s much easier to understand once we avoid conflating our modern moral sensibilities with Westerosi/Essosi ones. I think we can be moral realists and say that what’s wrong is wrong regardless of the prevailing cultural attitudes of the time and place where it’s happening while at the same time accept that the characters don’t share that belief. Dany and Drogo probably wouldn’t agree that any of that was rape. (After all, in the books and in the series, Dany’s proposed solution to the Dothraki raping that Lhazareen women is that they should marry them instead.) Dany certainly understands she’s being treated badly, but the impression I got from her POV was that she spent little time attributing blame or thinking about how she’s been wronged (let alone thinking that she is raped)– she just wanted to make the relationship better and so when it does get better, I don’t think it’s implausible that she, a fourteen-year-old girl, would think that it’s love.

    Unfortunately, what happens in the fandom is either accepting that the romance worked and handwaving all the rape that preceded it or writing off the whole thing as repeated marital rape plus Stockholm Syndrome. Surely, elements of both are true and it’s easier to reconcile those elements once we separate our beliefs from the characters’.

    • stevenattewell says:

      My issue with that is that in the books, Drogo asks for and receives consent that time (while not doing so other times). Whereas in the show, her expression and body language scream a lack of consent and none is asked for.

      After all, it’s not like the idea that women can be violated within marriage doesn’t exist in this world, witness Cersei, or Sansa’s fraught negotiations for lack of a better word with Tyrion.

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