First and foremost, I've been an avid supporter of the changes made for the sake of the show pretty much up until this point. I'm not gonna lie, I absolutely hated the scene with the whores. Joffrey is an arrogant little S.O.B. Yes. We know. We get it. We hate him. Why are we wasting time on establishing things that we are already well-informed of? It upsets me watching scenes like this because I feel as if they're cutting things from the book for stupidity like that. My boyfriend joke that this episode should be titled "Sex and Violence" because that's all it was.
And Renly's peach. THE PEACH! Probably one of my favorite passages in the book and everyone I talk to who's read it loves it too. Why why why of all the scenes to cut did they have to cut the peach?! I'm still not over it.
Overall, I have to say that this was the most disappointing episode for me in the series so far.
I can't remember where or how I found it but there's an interview with GRRM somewhere out there where he discusses Skagos and it's role in the upcoming books.
Supposedly the "unicorns" on Skagos aren't anything like the pretty, fairytale creatures that you'd assume. In ADWD Jon has a dream that consists of Shaggydog fighting and killing a unicorn and in his description they're more like goat-like. Except they are larger and instead of two horns they have one.
In ADWD Lord Manderly sends Davos to find Rickon and when Wex throws the dagger at the map to show them where he is, Davos says that "...there were other places in this world where men were known to break their fast on human flesh" (ADWD 394).
A lot of readers have taken this to refer to Skagos and GRRM has said that he's making Osha a POV character in the next book so hopefully we'll get to learn more about the land and it's people.
It's interesting because the way they chose to record it in the show was so much different than what I had imagined while reading the book. For some reason, I had pictured it as a bit louder and more energetic but I have to admit that the direction they took it in was AMAZING.
It's so soft and so raw that I think it takes the whole read-between-the-lines theme that is so prevalent in the book to a whole new level. It's so understated and so simplistic and beautiful that it really underscores the deeper meaning of the song.
Maybe I'm biased because I've read the books and I know what's coming in the next few seasons, but I think the simplicity of it makes it almost threatening.
As it was meant to be in the books since the Rains of Castamere is supposed to be a warning to rebellious lords.