sifth Posted April 29, 2014 Share Posted April 29, 2014 (edited) The Mountain applies perfectly. Season 1, we hear about his misdeeds in the Riverlands which prompts Eddard to act on his negative feeling toward the Lannisters ultimately leading to his downfall. Is Clegane's contribution somewhat contrived? Sure. Does it feel feel cheap? No. Why not? Because it's only an element of the puzzle and GRRM actually knows how to drive a story forward without relying on artificial tension. In the case at hand, we have some douchebag who no one recognizes reciting lame dialogue about his misdeeds for the obvious purpose of making us hate him before he and his band of rebels meet up with Jon's band of Brothers. Does it feel cheap? Yes. Why? Because it's hack writing artificially inserting garbage to substitute as tension. It's the rough equivalent of playing a pop song at the end of a RomCom as a substitute for the emotional connection the script failed to make. We also see that same character chop off the head of a horse and try to murder the son of the second most powerful man in the kingdom. What you stated above felt unbelievably cheap on the show. GRRM has said many times that one of the big flaws of season 1 was they couldn't show any real battles. Edited April 29, 2014 by sifth Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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