A few things i noticed changed:
Ned's speech to Bran about bravery and about how a person who deserts is dangerous (which ties in to Osha's intro).
Jon dropping "trueborn" when he says a pup for each of your children.
Robb snapping at Theon which seems to put them at odds earlier and also the way it hinted toward Theon's loyalty being more to Ned. Made them seem less brotherly.
No nipple twisting from Viserys which, combined with making Dany naked vs. the book, changed the tone of his abuse of her.
Ned said "she was my sister" rather than she was a Stark when Robert complains about burying her in the crypt. Also ned doesn't mention that he was with her when she died.
Robert says "in my dreams i kill him every night" which is odd as it's not clear who "he" is or why Robert is saying this. Admittedly Ned's next line makes it clearer ("the targaryens are gone") but the books line of "I vowed to kill Rhaegar for what he did to her" seems to me a lot better. Even if they replaced Rhaegar for the more nebulous "him" it would make the scene and what it's trying to convey clearer for newcomers, giving a bit of history and motivation for only a few words more. The link to Dany works quite well and could still be included ie:
R:"I vowed to kill him for what he did to her"
R:"Only once! In my dreams i kill him every night."
then *as in the show*
I know it's a bit nitpicky but hell it's the internet and this is one of my favourite scenes in the book and one of the most significant in the whole series as it sets up so much and conveys so much info. I love the "only once" line and it saddens me that this was cut. That the scene ended up bookending the horrible Tyrion and his whores scene only rubs salt in the wounds. Chopping up this section is bad enough but it also is very clear what the lines of dialogue were chopped to include. Yay for nipples. /sad.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':(' /> Any time anyone talks about the difficulty of getting through 80 pages in one episode they need to look at that utterly extraneous excuse for nudity. I see no problem with tyrion being introed as he was in the book or at least a combo of that and the Arya talking about the imp.
No wick dipping or hand shitting /wink.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=';)' />
I missed the conversation Bran overhears as it has some nice backstory and a false trail over the death of Jon Arryn although i suppose that the added Cersei Jaime scene in KL covered some of that.
Other than the one i went into detail on i didn't really have too many complaints about the adaptation. It hit most of the beats i wanted it to (ie. "all dwarves are bastards in their father's eyes") and the additions worked out well. The scene between Catelyn and Cersei was gold and one of my favourite bits from the episode. Catelyn's look when Cersei makes the sweet but obviously calculated barbed remark about Sansa making her dress sold me on Michelle Fairley.
Edited by reiver, 18 April 2011 - 09:12 AM.