A Time for Wolves, on 01 June 2011 - 01:53 PM, said:
GRRM writing this episode would be so awesome. Maybe he bullied them into finally including the direwolves properly. I have not been happy with the absence of the wolves so far.
This isn't how TV or Film works, unfortunately. Martin probably has an amazing amount of control for a writer, but writers in general have almost zero say in production decisions.
This is important because the lack of wolves is not a writing decision; it's been a production decision. No one wanted to cut the wolves, but there's an old axiom in film to avoid the ABC's - Animals, Boats and Children. They are expensive nightmares. And GoT couldn't get rid of the Children, so cutting back on the Animals make economic sense.
It's unfortunate, and it's hurt the production. And hopefully, they are saving cash for other elements to come -- dragons, other direwolf scenes, battles, etc. But it's also important to recognize as plot driven as the work can be, the tv show is going to be much more conversation driven - simply because of money. The Walking Dead got its budget cut recently, and shows are cut short all the time.
I'd rather have a Season 3 than extra direwolves now or a wide-scale Battle of the Breakwater, or a flashback to the Tower of Joy. I'm not saying every money/art decision has been made right or will be made right, but it helps to realize that these are not artistic decisions, they are cost/benefit decisions.