Mazikeen, on 13 May 2011 - 11:25 AM, said:
I don't believe that we'll see the Tower of Joy fight. You'd have to cast some pretty impressive actors for just one scene (people who actually look like they could be The Sword of the Morning or The White Bull),
Those guys could certainly return for Jaime flashbacks in season 3. Maybe later as well.
not to mention 3 full Kingsguard armours,
Haven't we already seen those on Barristan and Jaime?
While it would be a very nice scene to see, it's a little heavy on the budget and it doesn't advance the story in any significant way, it only provides back story. Which is important, yes, but I don't think it'll be considered important enough to spend so much money and effort on it.
There's several important things to be seen from that scene. First, we get to see what the best of the best are like in Westeros, which puts Ned more in perspective. More importantly, we see what the Kingsguard used to mean. So far we've seen how Ned holds Jaime in contempt for killing Aerys, and some new viewers are already like "so what, Ned and Robert rebelled as well." But in that scene we will see just how seriously the "true" knights of the kingsguard take their oaths, to the point where they fulfill their duty even after the king and all his family are already dead. I don't remember the actual dialogue but I do remember Ned tells them the king is dead and they say they don't care. It gives us a glimpse into what Ned views as an honourable opponent. And again, how the kingsguard now has declined, so when the Hound gets promoted and he isn't even a knight viewers might better understand just what has happened. Anyway, that's my two cents. I agree it would be an expensive scene to shoot, but not a waste. One thing they could do is simply have the dialogue leading up to the fight and then skip the fight, as it is in the book. I could live with that. But we need that dialogue.