I don't see what the complaints about the crowd are - I thought the overhead shot established that there were lots of people there. Sure, where the highborn people are there's not a ton, but I took that as being like a luxury box /smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />
The event just feels small, even on rewatch, when it's supposed to be a grand tournament involving all the great knights of the seven kingdoms. A tournament that Ned's concerned is bankrupting the realm.
But my complaint goes beyond just the crowd - it's the fact there was no pomp, no build up beforehand. No getting the feel of the city in festival with people coming from far and wide. It just...starts. Just another event in the life of the nobility, when, if viewed through Sansa's eyes it's everything she imagined life at court to be.
It's about the only thing so far I would've done differently than the producers. Really play up the tournament, not as a plot point, but to really establish the festival feel
of Westeros in summer. Found a lot of power in the books in the marked contrast from the world that existed at the time of this tournament to the broken, chaotic world we see from ACOK on. Here's one of the few times I would de emphasize plot in favor of atmosphere.
Just my two cents. There's thousands of us on the board each with our own opinion of how we'd like to see the series go. To be clear, I think it's gone spectacularly, they've gotten just about everything that matters right and really this is my only meaningful complaint. But the reason I bring it up is because we have some battles coming up that I hope feel as grand and impactful as they do in the books and the handling of the tournament gives me pause whether it will. Or whether the sum of the series will end up feeling smaller, less epic. If it does, I understand it - this is TV, not film - but I'll be hoping otherwise nonetheless.
Edited by Jaime L, 12 May 2011 - 12:58 PM.