WRT to Arya, we have lost much of her fouindations for becoming a super ninja. Her needlework, her leadership on the road, her being a mouse and a sheep all serve as the foundation for becoming a FM later in the series. IN the book these things went towards her losing her identity and becoming a shadow with many identities. Her becoming a ruthless killer which happens when she escapes Harrenhall should now come as a completely out of character moment. By this time in the book she had killed several men at her own hands
Exactly. I watched the throwdown scene where Yoren's killed and the Night's Watch recruits are captured and when it was over...WTF??? Felt like ALL the air and the drama of that interlude was missing. Way too short. Way too dull. It was a non-event. And whilst Yoren's death was cool and important to see, what happens with ARYA is the point of the scene, and all she did was run around and look scared and hand over an axe and then run away and fall down. Really irked me that the cage with Jaqen wasn't inside a barn...there was practically no suspense or danger element to her just waltzing over and handing him an axe, without having to take much personal risk.
Edited by Rickon is FIERCE, 20 May 2012 - 10:57 AM.