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  1. They (as in, Amazon) ARE adapting LOTR. WOT needs changes like any other book property, to be adapted for TV or movie. It's far too massive for that (budget nor time span are endless). A good example of what needs to be changed: the dozens of Aes Sedai who are all basically the same character with another name and a different colour => those most be condensed into speaking roles for only the most important ones (some of which may be composite characters taking roles of several smaller Aes Sedai characters from the books). Or the different channeling groups: Aes Sedai, Wise Ones (those are important), the Kin, the Sea Folk channelers, the damane,...? Does an adaptation need to keep all of them? Another example: Perrin's chase after the Shaido. I seem to recall not many readers liking this ultra-slow plot. Probably better to finish the Shaido off during the battle for Cairhien or for Illian. And do we need Valan Luca's circus, for example? There are also some other RJ's pecularities, like the spanking/domination thing (maybe excluding the plot-relevant Seanchan) and the descriptions, allthough the last one at least profits from having a very visual medium. Then there is all the discussion on this very thread: how to adapt the magic system? THis was one of the better aspects of the books, but as noted it's hard to put it on screen. And while the Forsaken are also interesting in the books, developing 13 of them (more, if you include rebirths or newly raised ones) is quite a tall order. Maybe better to make some composite characters (Ishamael definitiely needs to be in though), and focus on those as the top dogs of their side.
  2. Yes. LOTR has big shoes to fill though, not only are the books classics but the movie adaptation was received quite well also. Changing LOTR for a TV adaptation might be more dangerous than adapting WOT, as WOT needs plenty of changes to be succesful (yet still has the core to be a good story, if the adaptation can realise the potential). LOTR will be compared to the books and to the movies, and that's a high bar set.
  3. OK. And LOTR is also produced by Amazon, isn't it?
  4. Besides the GOT spin-off, what are the two (or more) others you are thinking off?
  5. A lot of things would need to changed/modified. One problem I had with mid-to-late WOT, is that the balance between the armies and the (masses of) powerful channelers seemed off. What was all the point of the huge conventional armies when channelers were so massively powerful, and appearing in ever greater numbers? The show should make up its mind on those aspects early - either have only few powerful channelers, and focus more on the importance of armies (and thus Ituralde and Bryne and co), or focus on channeler inflation and don't spend much time on the armies (which will become cannon fodder). This adaptation has possibilities, in the sense that the core of the books is quite good but lots of change is needed. Since a TV-show will need to do that anyway, they could easily dump a lot of nearly indistinguishable Aes Sedai, for example. Modernise the characters and differentiate them much more than RJ used to do. What is Amazon's reputation when it comes to using sex to draw viewers? If they are like HBO, this aspect could hold promise for them because WOT certainly holds possibilities there, if they insist on a certain interpretation. I hope they don't go this route, to avoid scenes like the infamous "sexposition" in one of GOT's seasons.
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    Season 8: News, Spoilers And Leaks

    We still don't know for sure the battle of Winterfell is between human forces. Those pictures and video weren't that definite. Either there are at least three big battles (NK vs human army, KL and Winterfell between humans) or the NK has to be the attacker either in Winterfell or in KL. Or there is no big battle in KL at all (being burned by dragonfire may not count as a big battle in this sense, allthough it would mean CGI budget instead), which would leave room for 2 major battles (Winterfell and one elsewhere).
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    Season 8: News, Spoilers And Leaks

    Which may point to an endgame battle between Cersei and Jon/Dany (assuming those have both survived the NK)? It seems unlikely the NK would go for a protracted siege in a place like KL, which isn't as strong as most castles and can be taken by storm.
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    Season 8: News, Spoilers And Leaks

    As for Jon and Dany: I don't think that meeting was done that badly. I think it's correct that they would't be best friends at first sight, and the evolution over the course of the season seemed OK to me. Supersonic messengers and dragons aside, I could believe it when he decided to accept her as queen. As for Sansa, they could have done a lot better with her in Winterfell, especially last season with LF and Arya. While I think her part in the last episode was thrilling, much was sacrificed in the earlier episodes in order to trick the audience into thinking she could actually kill Arya (not too many people were fooled, I think).
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    Season 8: News, Spoilers And Leaks

    Agreed on the point of the granaries. What is, in this context, considered to be the most important meeting in the series? But that would have meant that Sansa would need to get her own supporting cast in the Vale, so she can have an arc there (much like in the books, where Sansa is learning the ropes). And D&D have been wanting to diminish the number of characters/actors, since S4 IIRC. Allthough I regret that Sansa's Vale storyline was mostly dumped (I suspect LF's death is a leftover from that storyline), it may not have been the wrong decision considering how GRRM's ever widening focus is working out for him in the books.
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    Dark Matter (Season 3)

    No, the episodes have to be watched in order because they tend to build on one another. Dark Matter is very watchable for anyone who is a Stargate-fan or a fan of ship-based SF (not of the "hard" variety) in general.
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    Dark Matter (Season 3)

    Show producer Joe Mallozzi is trying to get another network (or Netflix) to pick up the show. If he fails, he is the kind of showrunner who is very likely to either continue the story (maybe in comic book form, as the pilot was first released in that form before he got the opportunity to make a live action version) or if that is not possible, to reveal how he planned the story to have ended. He did as much for the cliffhanger that ended Stargate:Universe, allthough he wasn't the showrunner on that one and thus not at liberty to reveal the endgame for that show. Writing to Netflix, or filling in a form on their site requesting Dark Matter S4 and S5 (the story has always been planned to be done in 5 seasons) may help. Now that Netflix is bankrolling ST: Discovery, they may be interested in more scifi in a somewhat similar vein.
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    [Book Spoilers] R+L=J, A+J=T and other theories on HBO V.4

    The wedding kneeling scene was changed because the lead up to it was very different. Almost all the people who discuss this seem to forget that Tyrion himself came to warn Sansa about the marriage, well before it went through. He could do so because Tywin acted openly on the show, but used an ambush (on the Tyrells and on Sansa) in the books (with Tyrion going along). The relation between Tyrion and Sansa, right before the wedding, was cordial on the show. In the books, the relationship was not only more distant, it was also coloured greatly by Tyrion keeping the info from her until five minutes before the ceremony. No wonder that book-Sansa wasn't in a kneeling mood. Show-Sansa was far more likely to show consideration for the feelings of her ally Tyrion.
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    [Book Spoilers] R+L=J, A+J=T and other theories on HBO V.4

    Thanks. Looks like "lads" was right yet again, then. This last episode, the timing of events at the wall was completely ridiculous, but the moment that Dany and Jon finally gave in to one another made it worthwhile. The circumstances will be different, but something like this should happen in the books too, assuming those ever get written.
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    [Book Spoilers] R+L=J, A+J=T and other theories on HBO V.4

    Anything resembling a parliamentary democracy would seem so out of place/anachronistic in the books (most of the population can't even read and probably wouldn't know one candidate from the next) that I don't see it happening. A grand council chosing a king could happen, and maybe there could be a house of lords or some such to check the power of the monarch a bit. The special saddle for Bran also looked like a very early hint, to me. Was this on the show, too? I thought so, but it's been a while. The big scene with Tyrion's dragon background only came in S6, with a long monologue given to Rhaegal and Viserion while he was unchaining them. At that time, they must have known the ending very well. While opinions on their abilitity as writers/plotters differ, I'm pretty sure that D&D do get the subtleties of the story. They are more likely unable (partially due to time and budgetary constraints) or to some extent, unwilling to do it exactly like he does, and to be fair an adaptation of this scale can't be made without significant deviations (ASOIAF as it stands cannot really be filmed with present tech and economics; it was deliberately designed to be "unfilmable", at that). In their favour, while they cut many corners and their work isn't near as rich as Martin's, they are going to get to the end. Maybe even before TWOW comes out, which is a sobering thought, especially for us bookreaders. We still don't know for certain whether Viserion or Rhaegal died?
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    [Book Spoilers] R+L=J, A+J=T and other theories on HBO V.4

    If Tyrion ends up as king in the show without a further hint of A+J=T, then this may be a sign that D&D changed things because it is very unlikely that Tyrion would end up on the throne without support of the Targaryen name and/or with a dragon behind him. The combination of being a dwarf, being hated and not having his own power base (he's not popular in his father's lands and Dany's power base isn't simply his without the familial tie) is not a good one. However, the show did include Tyrion's backstory as far as his dragon obsession goes, going out of their way to include the scene with him freeing the dragons. The purpose of that scene is still unclear to me if there is not a shred of Targaryen blood in Tyrion, unless the only purpose was to give Dinklage a meaty scene.
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