Good point about the Freys and Robb...this nurse just makes the story less believable. What would the Frey's care if he fools around with a foreign nurse? However, look in the books, their issue is that he fools around with Jeyne Westerling and then feels compelled to marry her as the honorable thing to do and the fact that he falls for her. The issue is the marriage! One of my friends thinks they put this nurse in, so they could introduce this romance in the second season rather than the third (third book is when it all happens). Really? Why? We don't have enough other things to keep us appetized! We really need an even DUMBER romance??? This is going to make Robb look even stupider than he was in the books when he broke his oath with the Freys!
As for Osha, Bran, Rickon, and Hodor and the lack of Reeds, I think this is going to problematic. My friend thinks that they must run into the Reeds later (next season...HBO didn't want to hire more child actors maybe this season). Since in the books Osha and Rickon go one way and the Reeds, Bran and Hodor go north, how will that work without the Reeds? Also, remember that eventually Davos is dispatched by Manderly of White Harbor to find Rickon. Hopefully, the writers have only rearranged events a little and not completely bungled up these seemingly little things, which could have far greater impact.
As for Jon and Ygritte: I saw someone saying that it made no sense that Halfhand and the other rangers would leave Jon to execute her, but this IS how it happened in the book. However, HBO changed it by having her then ESCaPe and Jon chasing. In the book, he lets her go. They don't meet up again or start any relationship until he joins up with Mance Rayder. Are they just extending the time they spend together before he lets her go? If so, how are they going to explain that time to the other rangers. When he let her go in the book, it was fast. Jon was able to say he finished her off (or did he say she got away?)...either way, there was no suspicious long time where Jon was separated from the group. Seems the writers are anxious and impatient to tell parts of the story they are really excited about instead of taking their time and letting the story get there.
I really think the show is a million times easier to watch when you haven't read the books. It is nice to know what will happen and who everyone is, but at the same time it is a major letdown when you know what happens next or SHOULD happen next and then the HBO writers produce a major twist that completely alters that story. Oh well, maybe I should just go back to nitpicking about movies and shows based on history that fabricate and completely change historical occurences for entertainment purposes like Benjamin Rush in the John Adams miniseries being alive AFTER Abigail Adams died, despite him dying in the real world BEFORE her. Oh HBO, sheesh.
Edited by packersfan, 10 May 2012 - 10:07 PM.