I haven't read the books. I've enjoyed the two episodes thus far. Even without having read the books, I can already see very clearly where it's going, which is either good foreshadowing on the part of the writers or just author-spider sense.
I will be veeeeery curious if you accurately guess where the series ends up, actually! I read the first book and miiiiiiight have shrieked 'WHAT THE -!!!!' in the last act. I did devour the first book in about four, five hours, which didn't leave much room for prediction, but still. It was an impressive twist.
The WTF ending to book 2 tops the one in book 1. I've read the first 2 books and so far only seen the first episode, I do think theyve captured the essence of the books well based on the first viewing though I do feel some of the characters look younger than I'd imagined them.
Not sure how this compares to GoT, the only similarity are all the characters and various agendas in play.
Actually, to me, Book 1 tops anything else the series threw out. Not that the other twists weren't amazing (they seriously, seriously were), but Book 1 made me go 'okay, series, you know what, whatever you will throw at me, it's going to be crazy and unpredictable and I'm just going to go with it'.
Phil has a great point about the ages. Especially "the brute." Can't recall his name right now. Always saw him as a grizzled veteran, not a psycho 25 year-old.
Amos's actor is 37, actually! To me, he doesn't look twenty-five or that young, just has a rounder face so he tends to look ageless. Although aside from Miller, everyone looks about the age I'd expect (and in Miller's case, I think the actor is still older than him, and I otherwise adore his performance, so, oh well.)
I've read the first book (show hasn't made it out here, yet) and I also don't get the GoT comparison. I think it's a marketing thing, every second book or show these days seems to have to mention a GoT connection to catch people's attention. Add the connection of the two authors who comprise James S.A Corey to GRRM and that gives it the marketing hook.
The first episode is up on youtube - totally legitimately, and I did find a version that didn't have a geo-lock on it.
I think what also really annoys me about the GoT comparison is...I wouldn't have picked it up if I heard that comparison. I could never get into the books, and the show made me ragequit fairly early on, so anything compared to that kind of 'dark, darkest, going to destroy everything good and decent' story? I'm running in the opposite direction. The Expanse has the kind of realism I like, where things are complicated but people are still loyal and decent (and not narratively punished for it) alongside the greedy, the immoral, and the monsters. And that those loyal, decent people can wind up on opposite sides of conflict just by following their morals until I'm shrieking at them because I am cheering on both sides but ahhhh, stop fighting! And the books run pretty quickly, with a high sense of adventure alongside the politics. So.
Eh, I don't get it, and I don't particularly like it.
Haha, well, I've only watched two episodes, so I'll post my best guesses as to where it's going! I may be completely off base, but who knows!
Well! Let me just say, I'll talk to you again in about three more episodes, and we'll see what your predications are then
(Although, Ade's (the Cant's navigator) didn't have that comment in the book, so, I'm not sure what the show is doing there. There's a lot of that with the TV series, which makes it just as tense viewing as if I hadn't read the books at all.)