For me, I suppose that I'm good without the Undying Ones themselves and having Pyat Pree take their place. Kind of like making Baelish the brothel owner in season 1, I think this simplifies things for a story that can only take up a fraction of the time in the season. As much as I don't like cutting stuff like that, it keeps things simple and streamlined. Likewise, I don't like how several unexpected people get killed off (Irri, Silver, Rakharo, etc.), but I like that it makes Dany feel alone and without options. Similarly, I also kind of like how her relationship with Xaro and the "Spice King" is changed from the books because (1) it sort of consolidates the Thirteen, the Guild of Spicers, the Pureborn etc. and (2) I actually kind of liked how her bargaining scenes played out with Xaro and the Spice King.
Honestly, my only problems with it were that the whole "Where are my dragons?!?" bit was just childish and silly. I wonder how much of a role that whole "kidnapped dragons" really needed to play in getting Dany to the HotU and eventually out of Qarth. And then we get to the House of the Undying. I agree that there should've been more here (if only because we missed out on some really trippy, avant garde kind of visuals that would be required to show some of this stuff without getting too spoiler-y), although I will concede that Quaithe can still help fill in some of these gaps as the series goes on.
My solution? Simple: End season 2 with either the dragon kidnapping (if that must be kept) or the murder of the 13 by Pyat and Xaro (I really do secretly like this change), and just devote more time to the House of Undying in the beginning of season 3. I've never felt like Dany's story advances too far in the next three books. There's a lot there that can be consolidated and moved around, especially since we really don't have to worry about her storyline crossing over with anyone elses for perhaps three more seasons (depending on how the books are adapted... I know the next two seasons will be ASoS, but who knows what they'll do with AFfC and ADoD). So why not give ourselves a huge event in the beginning of the third season (otherwise, we're mostly left with the Night's Watch scandals north of The Wall and maybe a little bit of action in Robb Stark's camp, and most of the other big moments won't happen until the end of season 3 or season 4). This gives us more time (and effects money, since with GoT's success, I'm sure their budget from HBO is getting bigger each year... for now) to devote to the HotU, and we can add a few more prophecy items, like the blue flower and Prince Rhaegar, etc. In all honesty, I'm not sure why they wouldn't do that. They already moved Arstan to not show up until season 3.
Of course, the other side of the token might be that prophesies don't work as well on TV as they do on the written page, and maybe all of our nerd rage is over something that non-readers just wouldn't respond to and the flow of the TV series would suffer for it.
Edited by ExileOnDaytonStreet, 21 January 2013 - 06:24 PM.