Davos55, on 02 April 2012 - 08:11 PM, said:
If you remember the premiere of Season 1, some people were confused about Jaime and Cersei's relationship, it wasn't too clear why John Arryn was so important, and some of the main characters all had their basic characteristics show.
I hadn't read the books before watching the first half of last season, and I completely agree that I was a little bit confused with who people were, but you begin to understand in later episodes. I especially didn't understand the significance of Jon Arryn, especially because they always said his full name - no Lord Arryn. We have Lord Stark, Lord Tywin, Lord Baelish, King Robert, but always Jon Arryn. For some reason that confused me as to what his role was in the world.
I absolutely love the show so it is hard for me to find any fault in it. I pictured Davos, Mel and Stannis quite differently. I always saw Davos as younger, but I think the actor brings a strong presence to the role, which I like. I understand that, with so many different locations to got to and characters to see, that they had to make the choice to only go to Dragonstone once (loved the Dragonstone addition in the opening scene).
Cressen does not drink from the cup first and does die from the Strangler, which looked more like choking than poison. I think that the bloody death was more for TV to have more bloody violence (I wonder if they will make a similar decision with Joff). I liked that they included Davos trying to stop him (in the book) and Mel's glowing ruby necklace when she drinks the poison. It was nice to see a visual of her ruby's action when she's doing spells.
If they include Davos's conversation with Salladorhor Saan in the next episode, I think it will explain their situation better. In Mel's speech, I was really surprised that she never said that Stannis was Azor Ahaai reborn. I always wonder if dialogue changes have a deeper meaning or if they were just trying to shorten things up.
All in all, I thought it worked. My fiance, who hasn't read the books, has not watched it yet, and I look forward to seeing how he feels about it.