Ser Hippie, on 22 May 2012 - 02:03 AM, said:
The substantive betrayal we're losing is Tywin ensuring Robb didn't have an heir...which might be intentional (or might now, no way to know).
It takes away a lot. I wonder if the Lannisters will have any involvement with the Red Wedding now, or if it will be toned down to the Freys offer to change sides and all the Lannisters are shocked at their actions. Yet another ripple of the butterfly effect. The only way it will work is if she has been Tywin Lannister's spy since the beginning.
The introduction of Talissa has given valuable screen time to a very cliched romance which I would not have a problem with if
a) The writing was better and not as someone on another thread pointed out, sounding as if it was a WWI drama.
B ) Her screen time has prevented actual time being spent on other characters whose bad story and motivations have been left out.
Things they could have done whilst we had the pointless CPR in Volantis storyline.
a)The psychopath that is Gregor Clegane is just absent this season. That quick line from book one about gouging out scouts eyes if they don't report anything could have been inserted at the table discussion at Harrenhal and given Arya a better reason to jump ship given that she would have to be his cup bearer. 20 seconds of dialogue put to good use.
B ) A quick shot of Ser Dontos trying to hit Sansa with rotten veg before she was beaten, so the audience doesn't forget who he is and the escape attempt won't now seem really out of the blue.
c) After the riot Tyrion telling Sandor Clegane fleabottom was on fire, so we could actually get he is terrified of fire. A good build up to Blackwater. 30 seconds of dialogue.
d) The Tyrion posioning Cersei so then when the trial comes around in season 4, it will be more memorable that Tyrion did have Pycelle's poisions. (Tyrion may have been innocent but the circumstantial evidence was fairly vast) Maybe two minutes of a scene.
e) More about the Wildlings and Tyrion needing them and the sellswords to maintain his position against his sister. A 10 - 20 second conversation with Bronn.
f) Better exposition on Stannis and Davos.
g) Not rushed every Sansa scene and actually given her as a POV character, some of the important parts of her arc.
Actually I'll stop now. There are just so many things they could have done better with that time.
Edited by Rapsie, 22 May 2012 - 04:48 AM.