Who else is looking forward to tonight's premiere?
That sounds great!! One day I'll have skills like that. I really enjoy Flatt Lonesome's version as well.
Josh, Your "dueling banjos" version is excellent. The G.O.T. main theme seems to be popular with Youtube posters.
It's a great piece of music, although I have to admit I've never seen the actual show! The Flat Lonesome version is one of my favorites, too.
I love the portion of the tune that plays minor against major. That's something you don't often hear.
(Edited to remove the video link just posted!)
Edited by - rudy on 04/14/2019 12:39:07
Great minds think alike, haha.
Originally posted by cwatt22
Great minds think alike, haha.
I hear ya! If you liked that, try this:
Great version! The old timey/modal feel goes very well with the G.T.0. theme! My wife and I are definitely looking forward to the start of this final season. My 'hard sell' continues below ;-)
Rudy, It's a great show, IF you're a Fantasy fan. If you're not, DO watch the Theme Song and Title Sequence Graphic Introduction to the show. It's very clever animation and depicts each of the 7 kingdoms and their "features" in a kaleidoscopic and artful manner. I believe it won a "Creative Arts" Emmy award in 2011.
Most of the youtube versions do not have the "B" section which is a shame...
In my view the series it ranks up there with Tolkien and similarly well crafted mythological/hero's jouney literature and shows. It MUST be watched in episodic order though! Every character goes through evolutionary changes and grows as do the threats and situations and basis for wars. If you skip around you may feel lost and you'll definitely miss out on the novel like feel of the series.
There is a CAVEAT though! My wife and I initially gave up on the show after the first two episodes overpowered us with what seemed like over the top sex scenes that weren't there other than to shock and attract the youth who still have their hormones ;-) (and we're no prudes)...but... afte reading for several years some critical essays and the giant fan base this show had, I decided to watch a few more years later and "whatcha know"? It got "good" real fast after that. I'm definitely on board for the final season beginning tonight.
It was very rich with character development, "The Lion in Winter" (Peter O'Toole and Katherin Hepburn version) political intrigues, amazing battle scenes, intelligent dialog, you name it. (Things shows like "The Last Kingdom" have and "Vikings" does not for an example...
Recently I was in the Library and thumbed through a copy of the book "Song of Ice and Fire" and was surprised at the quality of the writing. I don't read much Fantasy because the writing is so perfunctory.
Anyway, I'd recommend if you or anyone else would like to give the show a try, give it about 6 episodes before you bail.
If nothing else the dragons are some of the best-ever! I was a Ray Harrenhausen fan (the original 7 voyages of Sinbad's dancing skeletons, cycops, etc.) and this show conjures up some of that homage-y feel.
The theme song/piece sure does go well with frailing banjos. It has a (very) old timey feel ;-)
Edited by - northernbelle on 04/14/2019 13:23:30
I'd bet most of the people who now watch Game of Thrones are people who thought they'd never watch a show like Game of Thrones (my wife being one of them).
All of those versions are well done! Enjoyed them all..especially the clawhammer!
I hate fantasy and avoided GoT for years because I thought it was going to be a Lord of the Rings type show. Didn't pick up watching it until it was well into season 7. I streamed it from the beginning. It's a great show...better than almost anything you'll find on the big screen. Even if you're not into dragons, zombies and what-not it's very enjoyable. It's heavy on character development/story and light on fantasy. If I had more time, I'd love to read the books which I am sure blow the show away.
I need to be practicing banjo, but can't help but watch the clock. I can't wait.
northernbelle, thanks for the info! I would love to check out at least the intro and title sequence graphic but I don't have HBO. I'm hoping to find the intro on Youtube.
My wife and I do watch the occasional series and had to binge watch the first season of Downton Abbey to catch up.
My daughter is a GOT fan and I'm sure they already have their chairs drawn up around the big screen. I'm a bit more acceptable of fantasy than my wife, although we both sat through all of the episodes of LOST. I vowed I would never watch ANYTHING that had J.J. Abrams attached to it again. I know GOT is entirely different, but LOST left a terribly bitter taste for sci-fi or fantasy series of any sort.
I know this is the last season for GOT, but after reading the Wikipedia article I see it could be just the beginning!!!
Edited by - rudy on 04/14/2019 15:07:17
Here you go Rudy:
Thanks for posting that Josh. I think it's one of the earlier years' versions. It's gotten more detailed and animated by the sixth season. I wasn't a "Lost" fan Rudy. I couldn't get into it either. We did religiously watch "Downton Abbey" though. The G.O.T. storylines (there are many) are all cohesive and feed into or connect with the others. I've read that "lost" was sometimes written on the fly and even the writers/producers weren't sure where it was heading half the time and it showed.
If you are a Trek fan at all, the J.J. Abrams lst rebooted Star Trek movie with Chris Pine was well done.
Don't let anyone tell you how G.O.T. ends (hopefully satisfactorily). IF you find you end up liking the series, you'll be glad you don't have spoilers.
Yes, thanks much Josh.
The title / opening credits reminds me of flying through all the passages and channels in the Star Wars films.
I also watched the "Don't watch the new GOT until you watch this..." video, which was basically a very abbreviated re-cap of the first 7 seasons.
Now that's one complex and convoluted story line!
Coincidentally, I turned on 60 minutes and they were doing a GOT story about the new season. The surprising part is that when they interviewed George R. R. Martin he said that he turned over the final part of the story to the show's creators and producer.
Let's hope it isn't another repeat of the LOST fiasco!!!
Edited by - rudy on 04/14/2019 17:42:31
All 7 seasons openings combined in HD here:
Man, this reminds me so much of watching my grandkids play Minecraft!
'Open Back Banjo Kit' 3 hrs
'Good Monday Morning' 6 hrs