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  1. Old Nan states in book #1 that at some point he started saying the word 'Hodor' hence it became his name. She's quite amused when she tells that story, which further suggests that unlike in the adaptation, Hodor was mute before he started saying that word.
  2. I'm glad that they've fleshed out these two characters who I hardly noticed in the books, although I hate the introduction of a romantic subplot between the characters, which strikes me as incredibly cliché and contrived, as if they had to do this because Daario made a comment about Grey Worm liking Missandei (I actually thought he was saying Grey Worm liked Dany).
  3. As part of that she also tells Jon that one reason to retake Winterfell is to save her brother, Rickon, yet later in the season she says he's beyond saving, and doesn't even seem upset that Ramsay killed him - because he was ahead of her in the line of succession?
  4. Yep, poor kid didn't even get one line, possibly because the writers wanted to hide the fact that Art was 14 and his voice had broken. And his dog got it even worse, being deceased before he even reappeared.
  5. Exactly, hence calling him Aegon would be extremely confusing and the opposite of what D&D have done before, as not only does it mean two Aegons in the show (three, if you count Maester Aemon referring to his brother Egg), but they are both sons of Rhaegar.
  6. That was IMO one of the better scenes from last season, one where Davos made a very good point. I was averse not to that scene itself but to the actual burning of Shireen. Stannis has stated at the start of the season that he'd do anything for Shireen, saving her from greyscale when everyone else had given up on her. When Mel suggested burning Shireen, Stannis rejected it out of hand. Yet next time we see Stannis, he's done a total 180 apparently because of a bit of snow and the situation doesn't come across as dire/desperate. Suddenly he's decided to randomly burn his heir and the daughter he cares for more about than anything else?? Like so much from the last two seasons, I found this impossibly inconsistent and out of character, and included by the writers simply for shock value. Yes I'm aware that apparently Mel burns Shireen in the books, but it sounds like a vastly different context; either (A) the situation is extremely desperate, or, more likely (B), Stannis isn't involved in this.
  7. Agreed. I hated the KiTN scene - it felt clichéd and entirely unoriginal and Jon didn't even do anything to earn the title. I thought of Sansa and Jon as 'dumb and dumber' in this season. (Sure, Cersei and Ellaria were dumber still but that's normal for them.) Jon in particular - it felt like dying made him stupider. Much earlier in the season, he made it clear he was still Lord Commander of the Night's Watch after his "death" because he executed the mutineers, and then he immediately deserted, a crime punishable by (a second) death. Not only did he come across as an oathbreaker - he came across as a coward. He should be on the list of instances of desertion on this page:
  8. I used to. Seasons 2 and 3 especially.
  9. Agree with all this. In fact as far as I'm concerned this isn't even Sansa any more. Sansa in the books is very compassionate, so much show that she is uncomfortable when Joffrey is murdered. Whereas this version (Fansa? Asnas?) is the exact opposite. When Reek tells her of his horrific treatment at the hands of Ramsay, she says she's glad about it, and would have done the same thing. As far as her killing of Ramsay goes, she subverts the Northern ways and natural cause of justice for personal vengeance; Ramsay ought to have been trialled and then executed by the person who passed sentence (probably Jon). What about all the other people who Ramsay wronged, such as the Cerwyns, and Reek? Where's their say in the matter? What I found most chilling of all was that having fed a restrained prisoner to his dogs, Asnas smiled about it. That was sickening, being very much the actions of a villain, and about as un-Sansa as you can get. It's also completely unoriginal. Arya (who's supposed to be basically the opposite of Sansa) did the same thing (smiled) after killing Polliver, and probably some others on her hit list too. Completely villainous characters like Ramsay and Joffrey did the same. When Ramsay says that he's part of Asnas now, it sounds to me like he managed to turn her into the monster that he was.
  10. I agree that although I preferred the book version, this change did not bother me much, especially compared to changes in seasons 4-6; the changes seemed to become increasingly bad.
  11. I agree. I was never that fond of book Sam but still found him much more likeable than show Sam, who also seems to get worse over time. At the end of season #3, Aemon reminds Sam of his vows, and Sam (truthfully) points out that he never broke them with Gilly. Two seasons later, Sam the dishonourable doesn't give a rat's about any vows whether he's a Maester or a member of the Night's Watch, and doesn't feel the slightest bit guilty about breaking them. (He also steals his father's sword even though it's useless to him, and useful to his father and brother. Oh and he also grabs Gilly while he's at it without telling anyone, even though women are not supposed to be at the Citadel.) I thought the Gilly/Sam sex scene in the book, while somewhat disturbing, was much better and more original than on TV, where (in the books) Sam is arguably raped by Gilly, feels very guilty about the incident, and does his best to avoid being alone with Gilly after that, from memory.
  12. I think ramping up Robb's role was a good idea, but I also thought he came across as more stupid/selfish (as did the person who did the YouTube clips) in the TV show than in the books. In the books he puts Jeyne's honour ahead of his own, which yes, I still think was stupid because he was pledged to another (as do Jaime and Tyrion) but at least there was some honour involved. In the TV show it came across as him spitting on a holy vow and ignoring his mother's advice, out of pure selfishness. He even repeatedly went out of his way to get to know Talisa unlike in the books when he got caught in a weak moment. That said, the Red Wedding was still shocking and effective in the TV series!
  13. That sounds like a more plausible explanation than any I can think of for why he hasn't finished it, as he said in mid-2015 he'd be able to finish it by the end of that year (and release it by the time the episode of that title came out, which would have been really fitting) and estimates aren't usually off by 300+%. If that's the case I wish he had released it though as it might give HBO some better source material than what they've been able to come up with, and it would have been nice to read the book without having some of it spoiled by the TV series. (Hence my initial plan to hold off on watching season 6 until the book came out.)
  14. Don't give up on that one yet! Obviously in the TV series it is not the case, the following series of clips on YouTube make a compelling case for it (with Ashara Dayne as the mother). Along with lots of other interesting theories (based entirely on what's in the books).
  15. Just noticed this comment now. Rhaegar in the books was 24 when he died. All the characters have aged up a bit so they could get away with someone a little older, probably not 40. (Lyanna in the books was 16 when she died, played by a 22-year-old in the TV series.)