[Book Spoilers] the shadow
Posted 24 April 2012 - 12:57 PM
Posted 24 April 2012 - 02:31 PM
The end of the first book specifically mentions the air being filled with the song of dragons for the first time in a hundred years. ACOK definitely did not mentioned the shadowbaby sounding like a Harry Potter monster.
well it's not a shadow is it? it was in the books, but on the show it was a vagina smoke creature. so what cares if it made a sound. honestly, i thought people would be more upset with stannis being aware that mel was going to kill renly. iirc, in the books stannis was really upset over renly's death and felt like he had some part in it, but wasn't sure how.
Edited by So1ar, 24 April 2012 - 02:34 PM.
Posted 25 April 2012 - 06:57 AM
Posted 25 April 2012 - 11:52 AM
The shadow baby is the worst deus ex machina GRRM has introduced in the series. I eventually got over it since it was hardly brought back again, but even with Melisandre's POV in Dance, we never really got an explanation of how she's able to perform magic to this scale.
But seeing it on screen, while it looked great, only reminded me of the sloppy way GRRM got rid of Renly's character. I notice some non-readers have felt the same about this, some even going as far as saying GoT "jumped the shark."
Posted 25 April 2012 - 03:34 PM
Posted 25 April 2012 - 04:07 PM
Posted 25 April 2012 - 09:44 PM
Posted 27 April 2012 - 06:13 PM
I'm imagining that a lot of "mainstream" viewers enjoy GoT for it's realistic depiction of politics and medieval war. Basically, the King's Landing storyline.
To retain these more level headed viewers - who aren't hardcore fantasy enthusiasts, and who may even sneer slightly at the magical aspects of the story - it would have been better to have the Shadow Assasination be more ambiguous. This could have been done by not showing the Mellisandre birthing scene at all, but rather having her simply predicting that Renly will die before the dawn, and then cutting straight to Catelyn meeting with Renly, only for a shadow against the wall to fleetingly appear and disappear and in the confusion to have Renly collapse with his throat slit.
Then the mystery of what exactly had happened could have remained, without going into Dungeons and Dragons type of stuff with the 3D shadow baby popping out between Me'l's thighs and all that.
That would have been how I would have done it.
Edited by Free Northman, 27 April 2012 - 06:14 PM.
Posted 30 April 2012 - 05:37 AM
I disagree based on anecdotal evidence. A co-worker of mine - who never reads non-fiction - decided that not only would he finally take my advice to read the books, after seeing the shadowbaby birth he actually bought A Game of Thrones rather than borrow it from the library.
Posted 30 April 2012 - 07:08 AM