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Here be dragons (spoilers).

Let's speculate wildly about season 5 or GRRM or whatever.

Recently i09 made a joke about Martin's new series: namely that he's procrastinating on completing the GoT books by starting a new series.

Also, Peter Dinklage. Did he seem sleepy during last week's interview with Jon Stewart? Dinklage also told the fans to chill the fuck out and stop pressuring Martin (I may be paraphrasing).

What are some good video recaps? I've seen one maps the location of all the characters and it was very good. Hodor.
posted by Ik ben afgesneden (28 comments total)
 
Somehow four episodes of the fifth season have already been pirated and uploaded to various places. I haven't yet seen anything describing the sources for the leaked episodes, but if anyone knows how they got out there so soon, I'd be interested to know.
posted by cgc373 at 1:33 AM on April 12, 2015


Sounds like a marketing ploy with plausible deniability.
posted by Ik ben afgesneden at 1:45 AM on April 12, 2015


Gurm has been posting pretty frequently to livejournal recently.
posted by drezdn at 6:08 AM on April 12, 2015


So what's Metafilter's take on the leaked episodes? Obviously pirating content is a violation of license agreements (paying in some way or form for access to it), at the very least.
posted by porpoise at 3:04 PM on April 12, 2015


There's a making of segment on the HBO web site that does one day in the life 'backstage'. Quite worth watching. A fight in a full sized roman era bull fighting stadium should be amazing. It'd be so amazing, and exhausting, to work on that show. A Spanish producer seems jolly about the stress early in preproduction and a few weeks later is visibly quite tired.
posted by sammyo at 6:18 PM on April 12, 2015


I hear the quality of the leaked episodes is excellent.
posted by mlis at 8:34 PM on April 12, 2015


I hear that they are decent SD versions with a blurred out watermark you don't really notice in the lower-left corner. They seem to be leaked screeners, presumably given to a reviewer or something.

Dinklage has always seemed sleepy or a little off or something when I've seen him in interviews. I think he might be a bit too arch for that format in general.
posted by whir at 7:15 AM on April 13, 2015


I have heard that there is a big surprises in terms of a certain storyline in the first few episodes; not in terms of the storyline itself, but in terms of who is involved. Lots of compression of timelines.
posted by nubs at 9:44 AM on April 13, 2015


Nubs, spoilers are allowed, nay, ENCOURAGED in this thread. Here's one: Alexander Siddig (ST:DS9) reigns in Dorne.
posted by Ik ben afgesneden at 10:57 AM on April 13, 2015 [1 favorite]


OK, then - this is what I've heard, not confirmed, but that Sansa and Littlefinger go in a very unexpected direction this season, with all kinds of implications. No idea what that means, but maybe they go to the Summer Isles and bake cakes?
posted by nubs at 2:54 PM on April 13, 2015


Mefites are so straight-laced. Apparently nobody here has seen the leaked eps.
posted by Ik ben afgesneden at 6:11 PM on April 13, 2015


I've seen them. Do people really want me to spoil them here? I'll go ahead and say that Littlefinger is taking Sansa to Winterfell, via Moat Cailin, and is trying to hedge his (and, purportedly, Sansa's) position to be tenable whether the Ramsays or a Stark/Baratheon alliance rules in the North.
posted by snuffleupagus at 6:39 PM on April 13, 2015


Also, Peter Dinklage. Did he seem sleepy during last week's interview with Jon Stewart?

Nope, that's the standard Peter Dinklage interview persona.
posted by Pendragon at 4:18 AM on April 14, 2015


Yeah, I kinda sorta regret opening up that magic door.

Littlefinger/Sansa definitely diverges from the books; a few fears in the +Books thread are going to be borne out.

Surprisingly little fallout from shooting Mance. Jon "gets" to pull a Ned.

There are some ridiculously awesome scenes coming up.
posted by porpoise at 7:34 AM on April 14, 2015


Sansa: once a pawn, always a pawn. The most agency I've seen her show is coloring her hair. At least she didn't go the clichéd route of "hacking" at it with a pair of scissors.
posted by Ik ben afgesneden at 10:09 AM on April 14, 2015


Also, Peter Dinklage. Did he seem sleepy during last week's interview with Jon Stewart?


I thought he did. "Sleepy" is too kind though. I think "strung out" would be a better description.
posted by Catblack at 4:23 AM on April 15, 2015


Oh, and the leaked episodes: I can't remember which, but one of them has a slow pan-in that's very unusual for this show, and very awkwardly done. It made me think, "whoa, this director is terrible", and then they did it again later in the episode. But for the life of me I can't recall when it happens, but I think it's Sansa they use it on? So, ah, yeah, one of the episodes has, I felt, some pedestrian direction.

But the dragon scenes are off the hook.
posted by Catblack at 4:29 AM on April 15, 2015


So what's Metafilter's take on the leaked episodes? Obviously pirating content is a violation of license agreements (paying in some way or form for access to it), at the very least.

I've seen them. They're good quality. I'm especially glad they're exploring a couple of specific character arcs.

I keep trying to decide if I should try to create posts for episodes 3 and/or 4 in the same, content-heavy style I've been doing for the First Watch threads. I suspect doing two of those per week would prove to be too challenging, though.
posted by zarq at 1:01 PM on April 15, 2015


zarq; your GoT Fanfare posts are awesome. I vote for taking your time and doing one per week as per HBO's schedule.

Hey, think of it as having a head start.
posted by porpoise at 1:55 PM on April 15, 2015 [1 favorite]


Thanks!

I'll see, but no promises.
posted by zarq at 7:41 AM on April 16, 2015


Ik ben afgesneden: Sansa: once a pawn, always a pawn. The most agency I've seen her show is coloring her hair. At least she didn't go the clichéd route of "hacking" at it with a pair of scissors.

In the books, Lysa was the one who helped Sansa dye her hair to cover up her most "Tully" feature. I assumed that was the same sort of thing in the series, but left unsaid after the quiet talk between the Lords of the Vale, her and Littlefinger, who are all on board as having Sansa play someone else for her safety from the Lannisters and anyone who would try to capture and/or harm Sansa to curry favor from the Lannisters.
posted by filthy light thief at 1:19 PM on April 16, 2015


If you love GOT theories, this thread is amazing. Several good ones I haven't heard before.
posted by drezdn at 5:56 PM on April 16, 2015 [2 favorites]


I've been watching the leaks just ahead of real airtime, so I've seen the first two. They're meh but watchable quality, noticeably lower color depth and with some encoding artifacts that aren't in the regular feeds. After e04 I'll have to go back to not seeing the eps until a day or two after airtime, to the chuckles of my coworkers with cable.
posted by localroger at 5:26 PM on April 19, 2015


It was good to see a man return. A man was always this one's favourite.
posted by turbid dahlia at 7:31 PM on April 20, 2015 [2 favorites]


A man is great and mysterious but maybe a man should just stop with the bullshit sometimes and tell a young girl what's going on.

Also, another man knows nothing and yet another man was ambushed. Man, this show.
posted by Ik ben afgesneden at 9:46 PM on April 20, 2015 [1 favorite]


Catblack: "slow pan-in"

A note on camera movement/framing terminology: A pan goes sideways (if you want to be strict, a pan is a movement where the camera is in the same place, but swivels sideways, while if the camera moves sideways is a crab or truck). Going in/out is a dolly if the camera moves, a zoom if it doesn't. Up/down is a tilt (tilt up is moving the camera up, like looking up). Rotating the camera on its axis so that the horizon becomes crooked (Batman series style) is dutching. If the camera moves up, it's a pedestal if it remains at the same horizontal angle, a crane if it tilts at the same time.

This has been a public service announcement.
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 4:29 PM on April 21, 2015 [3 favorites]


Grey Worm. Grey Worm. Grey Worm.
posted by Ik ben afgesneden at 8:09 PM on April 21, 2015


Huh, my ISP just forwarded a "your a naughty 'Sir/Madam and/or Sir/Madam Subscriber'" from HBO regarding someone using my IP - probably over my less-than-secure wifi - had infringed on HBO's rights through BitTorrent.
posted by porpoise at 11:08 PM on April 23, 2015


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