Plaguewalker, on 02 June 2012 - 02:56 AM, said:
Loved, loved, loved The Hound in this (and always, but nice to see him getting his due at long last screentime-wise). I think the fear of fire was explained well with his expression (awesome job, Rory) as the wildfire erupted, as well as him telling the pyromancer that he better not let any "of those fuckin' flaming arrows" get near him.
I was disappointed, however, with his exit. It seems every week we get minutes upon minutes of Tyrion being pithy and Cersei talking about her scheming (is it really such great scheming if all you do is talk about it? This is a point that has bothered me many a time) and Joffrey being a sociopath, but I felt this was the one time all season where The Hound deserved to be front and center for not just the battle scenes and the brilliant "Fuck the king" moment but also his final interaction with Sansa.
Re: the cutting in half with the broadsword. That irked me, truth be told, those surgical cuts. It's a bloody sword, not a lightsaber. But other than that, mwah! mwah! Episode Nine!!
Once again, totally agree with your assessment here, my friend! (And no, I did not intentionally stalk you on Westeros today, I just happened to be drawn to the same threads, surprise surprise.)
You bring up a good point about how much screen-time many of the other characters tend to 'eat up'. I don't claim to know a ton about them, but from every little bit that I've seen of behind the scenes stuff and interviews, D&D (the showrunners) seem to be almost....well.....reveling in creating as close to possible their 'preferred' version of this story.
They seem to not just include, but also to amplify the things that they especially like about the story. Fair enough. I'm sure we'd all do the same if we had the chance to run the show! For instance, my preferred fan-version would probably be one giant road-trip with all the Stark kids + Direwolves learning life lessons, Hodor Hodoring, Hot Pie being Hot Pie, Tommen + kittens(!) being too stinkin' adorbs to die, the Hound swearing and raging and acting 'not ungently' now and then, Tormund Giansbane making 'member' jokes, Jaime and Brienne being badass, and even.... Dunk and Egg tagging along for some anacronistic/ Time Travel episodes .
That said, D&D are HUGE fanboys of Tyrion and subsequently include him in almost every single episode so far, and also ....they do tend to 'white-wash' Tyrion a bit (I wonder what they will do with his scenes starting from ASoS onwards, as he starts slip into his own Dark Side little by little.... ), at the expense of other characters. I shudder to think of how they will portray poor Sansa during her forced marriage to Tyrion!
Because of this, I can't help but feel skeptical that some of D&D's choices about characterization (what and how much they choose show of the characters as they are written in the books) is influenced not just by the text, or by how much time they have per episode, but also by deliberately choosing what they
like and don't like from the text.
Some of it is of course based on what they think will work well on television vs on the page, but I think they are greatly underestimating their audience here as well as the potential of the tv series.
For example, the HBO series has so far completely ignored a very prevalent theme: the concept of "True Knighthood". This theme greatly affects Sandor's character, as well as many others such as Sansa, Jaime, Brienne, etc. throughout the story, and is important enough to GRRM (and to the understanding of his created world) that it is even one of the main themes of this prequel Dunk & Egg stories as well. While the theme may not seem to directly affect major plotlines (and may be why it was omitted from GoT show), it affects character development big time. Surprise, surprise, it is noticeably the character development )aside from a few 'choice' characters) that is sorely lacking in the tv show, at least in my eyes.
Sorry for the tangent....where was I......
Oh yes, Rory McCann.
(The Power of this character is such that even the watered-down tv-version makes me
fling my undergarments across the room
Edited by Valkyrja, 02 June 2012 - 03:55 AM.