I know how you feel. I'll try and get everything down, I have to apologize beforehand for the mess that this is going to turn into.
the (undying-less) House of the Undying was laughable. My friends and I joked about how the HOTU would seem like a puppet show after all the money and focus spent on the battle of blackwater, but after seeing that mess, a puppet show would have had more suspense.
The King and Queen in the North getting married BY A SEPTON was a nice touch. I mean, what are the Old Gods anyway? they must be chilling with the Wargs in the land of dropped plotlines.
I probably would have been more upset about the way Robb continues to treat Cat if I hadn't already given up all hope in HBO's adaptation of my two favorite characters. (In other news - as far as Robb and Cat know, Bran and Rickon are alive. Which means Robb officially married Talisa not to preserve her honor, not to avoid fathering a bastard because of the way Jon had to grow up, but for ~luv~. and to spite Mommy dearest).
Also on a side note, Catelyn telling Robb her and Ned fell in love eventually and Robb going "fuck that" might have been the most OOC scene all season. Not to mention with that, the writers might as well have intentionally spat on Robb and Jeyne's story in the books, where the point is that they married with no love between them and in really bad conditions, but sort of grew to care for each other. Actually there seem to be a of parallels between Jeyne Westerling and Catelyn that hbo just decided to completely disregard. Between that bit, and having Robb and Talisa travel to the Crag (which hbo stated is still the seat of house Westerling) it seems like they're intentionally making a joke out of Robb's asoiaf storyline and are trying way too hard to make it clear to the book readers that Talisa is something new and improved and has nothing to do with Jeyne.
Also is anyone else worried about the Wildlings trusting Jon so quickly? There's that, and the lack of Ghost and warging (a major problem), but generally IMO they haven't messed him up nearly as bad as Robb.
I'll give credit where due - everything about the Winterfell scenes were perfect, and I'm even okay with how they changed the sack of Winterfell (if they HAD to omit Reek/Ramsay, they altered the story to work around that the best they could). And I'm even warming up to Osha now that I know she's not replacing the Reeds. The ending was insane, and I must say, for people who accidentally kill off important characters and can't tell the difference between the Old Gods and the Seven, I'm pleasantly surprised the producers made a point of differentiating the Others and the Wights.
ultimately, all of my complaints boil down to this: the producers need to stop trying to outdo GRRM with their sparkly new and improved plots and characters. if they want a pat on the back, they're not getting one.
Edited by Bride of Winter, 04 June 2012 - 10:38 AM.