Another noteworthy and I believe unsustainable nitpick!
Not addressing characters by name;
in the show, I am not sure, correct if wrong, but has anybody uttered the words...
In season 2,
Gregor Clegane (only referred to as The Mountain)
Probably some others, but I know non-readers who have been watching and say "who's that again?" or "That's Gendry right?" ***WRONG***
I just feel characters who are nameless are far less memorable, but I know who they are, and have to explain to others.
I have tried to direct them to online viewers guides, with an overwhelmingly *meh*.
I guess I'm too fanboy for some of my friends/colleagues!
At least Polliver got a mention. Though he was the least active of the Mountain's entourage, of those who obviously appeared on screen.
- Randomly throwing out "born amidst smoke and salt". Where's the context for that? Means absolutely nothing to the characters on Renly's side, or the uninitiated viewer. Simply served as a set up line for the ham come back. Funny I totally forgot about the peach, but that would have been vastly superior to smoke+salt=ham..
Why couldn't someone have come to Renly and just said "Stannis has laid siege to Storm's End, and is demanding a parlay." And then the convo with Davos and Mel could have included the whole need to get "inside" the walls of Storm's End for her magic to work. No need to even CGI the actual castle, just a mention will do. All of 15 seconds of dialogue (which could have been given space by having 15 seconds less of Joff and the 2 whores) which would have put much more narrative context to the parlay.