Originally Posted by BoatMan
No problem. Most I got from the show, but it comes sporadically and in tiny snippets. You need to pay attention to the little things. I also read the viewer's guide on HBO.com. This is the ONLY reading that I'll do online as I'm terrified that I'll inadvertently spoil something for myself. Side note, Youtube is DANGEROUS. The rest I just filled in because it makes sense. I love world building and tend to obsess about details.
One thing though, I find that definitions of the passage of time, populations and other "number based" things tend to be inconsistent in this world. For example, the way the length of seasons are exaggerated and how some characters claim to have lived through quite a few winters just doesn't seem to jive. And also seeing the armies that are being fielded, along with quoted naval sizes, I don't see how Robert was ever concerned about the Dothraki. Tens of thousands don't seem like much against the hundreds of thousands that he could have called in if he tapped the bulk of the kingdom. Point being, don't sweat that stuff too much and just go with it.
Even forgetting spoilers for the moment, YouTube comments in general are bad for your health. They're consistently the least informed and most obnoxious crowd on the internet. I really appreciate you straightening me out on this history though. Someone's got to obsess over the details, and then fill in the rest of us who are less careful!
Originally Posted by Hyperspace
Dany's dragon eggs might very well have been thousands of years old. (or more) Just because some dragons flew around 300 years ago does not mean that all eggs had to be that 'fresh'.
BTW, the Blu-ray of season 1 is a treasure-trove of non-spoiler world history told through short animated films.
If you want to see some of them, this YouTube playlist has 16 of them: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHPlFXqQEwc&feature=BFa&list=PL5EB9C15A3BB8B65E (again, only background info)
Ah that YouTube playlist is ace. I love it. I watched a handful last night and I'll watch some more when I get home today. Thanks so much for those, seriously.
I had not considered that her eggs were not from the final dragons, so good point there.
By the way, do you think some of that art we see for the battle against the Mad King was concept art or story boards for a sequence they originally wanted in the pilot? It would have been an epic way to open the series, reminiscent of Fellowship of the Ring's 7 minute prologue.
Originally Posted by ryoken
If you have the Blu Ray, The Complete Guide to Westeros feature fills a lot of these blanks and questions; its specially nice because the subject of Robert's rebellion is narrated by Tiwyn Lannister, Robert and Vyseris, so they have a different view of the events.
However, the Mad King was originally paranoid and obssessed with dragons and fire, wne went mad with age; Tywin Lannister managed to make the kingdom prosper and reign in the Mad King while he was Hand, but once he quit and isolated himself after the King grew paranoid and envious of his success, the king went really, really of the rails; his son, Rhaegar (who abducted Lyanna Stark and triggered the rebellion) was more to blame, since his actions truly unleashed his father's madness and cruelty.
But yeah, a viewing of the Guide to westeros fills in most of the questions you'll have about the backstory in a clever and entertaining way; plus, who doesnt enjoy more Charles Dance narrating things?
That content sounds fantastic. I'm now seriously considering picking up the set. I held off on purchasing season one because the week before it came out I signed up for HBO and watched the entire first season on HBO Go. Also I was disappointed in the packaging I'd seen online. It seemed really cheap compared to past efforts from HBO. Generation Kill, Deadwood, Carnivale, Sopranos, Rome, The Pacific, all had creative packaging that made them stand out as event programming compared to the rest of the TV on DVD landscape. Game of Thrones has an untextured normal style cardboard case, surprisingly cheap looking given the importance of the show to the network. I'd have loved if they went with something like the Extended Editions for LOTR, where they made the individual film cases look like old worn books. I've got the Extended Editions up on my bookshelf to this very day, and you'd not know at a glance that they were not actually leather bound print editions.