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There’s a lot of cool things that can be done with LEGO.  An ambitious child/man [lol who knows], decided to reenact [or rebuild in his {of maybe even her} case] the Game of Thrones opening with LEGO.  Unfortunately, the soundtrack is not exact, so I’ve included the original below so you can try and line up the soundtrack with the muted LEGO video.  It’s fairly awesome when you put them together.

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These beautiful graphics each represent a powerful house in the Song of Ice and Fire Universe [ie. Game of Thrones].  Among them are the words and symbol of each of the houses.  A pretty cool collection.  There are a significant number more, ones with names belonging to houses like Karstark and Bracken.  They’re the relatively third party houses [at least as I’ve read so far], so I left them out.  But I made sure to get all the good ones.  Check out the nearly dozen of them below.

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Spring Television for the most part is coming to a close. Most of the shows have hit their finales, save for a couple of the heavy dramas. We’ve recently been bombarded with news about shows coming back, being cancelled, and some new ones. I personally haven’t sampled many of the new clips that preview the fall shows, but I’m sure some are bound to be promising. I’ve divided this awards ceremony by two pages: one for comedies and the other for dramas. There’s a lot of bias here and there and my opinion is erratic, but I like to think there is some truth to my choices. And I may or may not of come up with custom titles simply so I could put all of the shows I watched [and didn’t watch] this wonderful spring season.

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I can’t believe how fast these past 8 weeks have gone and how far we’ve advanced in Game of Thrones.  The big battle is up next, and most of the pieces are lining up in their final positions.  It’s interesting how the producers have taken things so far as they’re including tidbits of the third book/season in the episodes so far.  I wouldn’t say a lot happened this episode except that some characters are walking to new places seeing as the finale is right around the corner.  This marks the first time in a while where we’ve seen most if not all of the major storylines, which might explain why so little was actually done.  But by far my favorite part included the beautiful Talisa, but we’ll get into all of that below.  Obvious spoilers.

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We love everything Game of Thrones related here on Bananafeed, so anytime another source of pop culture clashes with Game of Thrones, of course it will be posted.  Here we have another original rendition of the Simpsons opening that follows [but not too closely to avoid copyright clearly] the HBO series opening.

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Last week I was unable to do a Game of Thrones review due to finals week, but now that we’re back on regular schedule, this week’s Game of Thrones once again proves that there is never a dull moment as some of our characters are put on the hardest of trials.  This week mainly avoids the adventures of Davos Seaworthy and the Red Woman in preparation of what is likely the siege of King’s Landing they were talking about.  Instead there is heavy focus on Winterfell and North of Wall plot advancement along with some light dabbing of Dany, Ayra, and Tyrion.  Get my plot summary below.

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Reading the book, I seriously thought nothing would surprise me when it comes to this season of Game of Thrones.  I know all the plot twists, character actions, and stories, but last night literally had my hand over my face in shock and awe.  Game of Thrones continues to smash down TV etiquette barriers with some of the most grotesque and explicit material I’ve ever seen on TV.  Ranging from S&M to live births, things don’t get more crazy than last night.  Oh wait, they actually do.  With last episode, I’m sure we won’t stop hearing the end to how Game of Thrones has hit the fan, simply because it’s oh so delicious to talk about.

Overall, I feel as though the set up episodes have finally met their end, as characters are finally hitting the high points and settings of where their character climaxes will take place.  Everyone is positioned to where they’re supposed to be where some of the most exciting stuff will likely to begin.  Last week, we didn’t really get a glance at Dany and her dragons, and it seems the season is continuing the trend of leaving out major characters in favor of prolonging screen time to certain others.  It wouldn’t surprise me if we didn’t get a look at Dany, Catelyn or Robb, in favor for Theon, Bran, or Jon who were absent this episode.  So let’s dive into what may be Game of Thrones most controversial episode yet.

As usual spoilers only pertain to the episodes released so far.

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Betrayal, heterophobia, and traps were everywhere on this week’s episode of Game of Thrones.  All in all, it was another set up episode  where we’ve been left off on cliffhangers again with just about every character, some more exciting than others.  Tyrion proves his wit again, Dany’s dragons were no where to be seen again, Arya’s got sh!t for luck again, and Jon Snow continues to be punished for doing the morally right thing again.  That’s not saying that this series is getting stale or repetitive, but being a book reader, I can see the reasons why they’re making the characters do or say things in relation to how they’ll act later.  I’m just worried that non-book readers will be finding faults in this show that’s seemingly going no where.

I try and think back and I can’t think of how it could do any more set up than it already has.  Once again, I bid each and every non-book reader to pick up a notebook to jot down names of important people and keep your people in order before it gets even more confusing than it already has.  Or at least have another book reader by your side to clarify some key points, but make sure he’s not a d!ck, because he can easily spoil the entire series for you.  If you haven’t been taking notes/have a book friend, consider me your book friend, as I explain key scenes for you all.

**The double asterik is a remind throughout this summary to visit this passage.

I remind you again, the creators of this show do everything for a reason, so bear with it.  Scenes that are filled with nonsense drabble are actually relevant, so pay attention.  Every conversation, every action, while seemingly meaningless is worth paying attention to.  So bear with it now or else you’d be even more pissed down the road when things happen for no apparent reason.  You’d be wrong, because the creators tried to fit in the context, but you were too ignorant to see the set up in the first place.

And as always, obvious spoilers.

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Read The North Remembers Review Here.

The second episode of Game of Thrones was aired yesterday.  Fortunately for me, I was able to write this article in advance thanks to a leaked Dutch version of the show that aired the following Monday of episode 1, I would usually follow up and share the link to you guys so that we all my enjoy it, but unfortunately it was taken down very soon after it was leaked.  It was truly a glorious day for me, and hopefully the Dutch have made the same oopsie daisy as they did last time by the time this post is published and I’m able to take a look at episode 3.

Episode two picked up immediately after where the one left off.  As a whole, the episodes are still following a ‘set up’ format, where nothing is actually happening, but a lot of cliff hangers and unfinished conversations are being dropped here and there.  As a man who’s read the books, I can see why they include every conversation they had, but if I had not read the books, it would feel like an overwhelming drabble that holds no significance to so far.  So I advise the non-readers to truly try and perk up their ears, and even have a pen and notepad to right down names so you may remember if/when they show up later.  Also, the show’s penchants for sex doubled this week, notably.  As usual, no book spoilers here people.  Or under penalty of Bruce the Ape’s wrath, I shall end you [or at least give you a very stern talking to.]

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HBO’s Game of Thrones Season 2 premiered a couple of nights ago, and in true fashion, I was there to watch.  Expect a review every week of my take on each episode.  I will write these articles with no intentions of spoiling events from the book.  However, I will use my knowledge of the book to possibly clarify plot holes that the series might be leaving out to compensate for the 700 page turner.

There are obvious spoilers for those who aren’t caught up with the show, but seeing as HBO released a public image of Sean Bean’s Ned Stark’s head on a pike, I guess, all bets are off when it comes to not spoiling season one.  The 2-5 minute catch up seemed to me to be a good way to waste 2-5 minutes because it could not being to encapsulate the amount of things that escalated from season 1.  All it served was a purpose to take out 2-5 minutes of additional actual show time.  Hopefully, we won’t be seeing recaps anymore.  More show less recaps.

But I suppose I’ll start with a recap for you all right now before I start getting into the show’s meat and bones.  Ned Stark was beheaded for finding a scandal between the Queen and her incestuous relationship with her brother.  In turn, the land Ned Stark ruled is up in arms for the unjust murder and his eldest son is bringing 20,000 soldiers to the capital to kill the the man responsible for his father’s death.  Meanwhile the other Stark children are scattered across the country each facing their own difficulties, one disguising herself as a boy, one being crippled, the other North in the wilderness, etc.  Meanwhile, everyone’s favorite character Tyrion Lannister, the non incestuous brother to the queen, returns to the capital to clean up the mess the Queen and her son, who is now King, has made.  That’s probably the best I can do without writing another novel about it.

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After 14 straight posts, I can honestly say that I am tired to the bone of writing about Game of Thrones.  I truly can’t wait to get back into regular broadcasting, but I don’t regret that I did this week either.  And there wasn’t exactly a lot of traffic this week, but I’m hoping as more and more people get into Game of Thrones, they start peaking their curiosities and stumble upon this website.  I’ve talked about book differences, video games, parodies, and letters to the uninitiated, but it’s finally time to close out the very hard week.  But we’re not completely donee with it yet either.  Seeing as Game of Thrones season 2 starts this weekend April 1st, I’ll try and have a review posted for Tuesday’s main article for the next 10 weeks the show runs.  So if you have been visiting my blog for the pure Game of Thrones reasons, be sure to stick around and visit next Tuesday for my take on each episode.  Otherwise, if you’re a regular viewer, not into Game of Thrones, I refer you to here to change your mind, other wise, Weekend Funnies tomorrow will start us off for to the regular broadcasting.

-Banana Feed Team

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Before Banana Feed returns to encompass all movie/television [and soon video game] news, I have one final thing to say to all my readers.  This article is catered to those who have pretty much ignored this week’s posts due to lack of interests.  Below, I’ve compiled a list of reasons why Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire can be watched/read by nearly everyone.  Please take them to heart, because I employ you to listen to reason and buy/pirate the first season and be prepared to catch up on the second.  For once this week, there are no spoilers in this post.

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The more and more I talk about Game of Thrones, the more and more I need to do research and check my sources.  While the books are immediate help, it can be touch and tedious counting the number of chapters or narrators.  So to make things easier, I’ve just used Wiki sources and other online sources to help me in keeping up with SO many posts.  All the problems I’ve encountered concludes one very true thing: The internet is a dangerous place.

Spoilers are EVERYWHERE.  Whether they are voluntarily seen through wiki pages like the ‘A Wiki of Ice and Fire’ website like I’ve pictured above, or the dangerous waters of youtube video comments, one must be very careful where they tread so they not be spoiled.  I try to include as many times as possible that if there are spoilers ahead, but the rest of the internet is not so kind.  I’ve taken small glances into the youtube comments and seen just a glimpse of ‘_____ dies’ and I’m automatically ruined forever.  Biased as I read the books, this is such an unfortunate thing to be affected with.  So as season 2 unfolds and the internet, I warn you to be careful.

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This is pretty much the reverse of the earlier post.  Now I’m going to cite what points the book drove in better than the tv series.  As the source material, I understand that there are an infinite ways the book is better at developing than the tv series, but what I’m trying to focus on here is my personal experience.  The problem with just soley the TV series is that they try to cram so much mythlore and characters into a one hour block, that certain names don’t stick, and things you’re supposed to realize get lost in the constant perpetuation of trying to figure out what’s going.  So here are some points that I thought were far better explained the in the book.  More spoilers, as always.

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I’ve been going on and on about the book vs. the series this week.  And I’m actually rather glad that I was able to compare them hand in hand.  It would be unfair to say the book is everything [even if it is the source material] because the TV series sometimes relays things that simply went way over my head.  Hindsight bias tells me that ‘well duh, there’s the reference to _____’, but I’ll be honest, if I didn’t see it in the TV series first, I might’ve never known it was true.  I just simply can’t wait to watch this season and be astounded what I forgot to read between the lines.  Below are a couple of moments that the TV series taught me something the book didn’t.  Obvious spoilers from season/book 1.

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George R.R. Martin on the Climax of the Season and Stark Brutality

George R.R. Martin Worries About the Character Influx

These are two articles posted on similar days about George R.R. Martin final worries before the season kicks off.  There are spoilers relevant to the second book, but I don’t think much else is given away besides the names of some characters and the name of the major battle of book/season 2.

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Dorkly created this awesome trailer recut with Game of Thrones and popular Disney characters.  It’s very well done and sends shivers up my spine none the less.

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Compressing a 700+ page novel into a 10 episode series is no easy task.  That’s 70 pages of material in one hour.  There is a lot that goes on in the book, and while making the book a TV series is the best way to represent it to encompass as much information as possible, producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss still had to cut corners to make both budget and time restrictions.  So after both watching the series and reading the book, I’ve managed to find some key differences in scenes.  I kinda hoped I wish I had a pen and notepad while I read to truly find every nitpicking detail, but I’ll just try and recall the biggest things off the top of my head.  Obvious spoilers, bah doy doy.  Spoilers contained within the first book.

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Another step closer for this website also becoming a video game blog, Cyanide is in the process of making an RPG based on the universe created in A Song of Ice and Fire.  It’s available for pre-order now.  I’ve tried to dig up what it’s about, but I’ve only come up with the Wikipedia article that claimed it to be the journey of a either a Red Priest or man of the Night’s Watch as the events of the book series unfolds.  The website below is the official website.  But it’s actually a game itself where you can journey and complete quests.  It’s pretty high end, slowing my poor laptop with it’s space age technology.

http://www.gameofthrones-thegame.com/#/pages/frozenWall/subPage1

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