howland_reed Posted June 13, 2011 Share Posted June 13, 2011 Response to some complaints:Regarding Shae - Let's not overplay her role in the series by calling her a major character. Her importance in the narrative is solely how her presence affects and changes Tyrion. As long as that remains essentially unchanged, and Tyrion feels conflicted about whether the affection Shae shows him is genuine or bought, then I could care less about the producer's decision to change Shae from an innocent-seeming, buxom farm-girl to a more mysterious courtesan. At least the latter character piqued the casual viewer's interest. Otherwise, they might have thought that she was a "one-night/one-episode" extra to meet HBO's tits-n-ass quota for the episode.Regarding no Tower of Joy - We love this scene as book-readers because of it's significance to the R+L=J theory. Outside of that however, it serves no purpose to the main plot and will only confuse the fuck out of the television viewer. I'm more upset actually that we didn't get at least a 'Promise Me' whisper that always haunts Ned, but again, I can't really think of a way to show this without seeming both lame and utterly confusing. The significance of these flashbacks only pertains to a theory that even in the books has not reached a conclusion. Just let my namesake reveal Jon's heritage in S5 or 6, whenever Howland Reed makes his appearance, or however GRRM decides to reveal it.Regarding no battle scenes - I don't think showing Tyrion's battle is that big of a deal, and in fact, I liked the transition thematically from getting knocked out beforehand and waking up to the aftermath -- only to learn that this wasn't even the real battle. Sure, we might have lost some of the badassness of Tyrion whooping some Northmen butt, but we did get his shield-bashing in Episode 5, so it's not like viewers think he's a craven or completely incompetent.However, I do agree that not showing the capture of Jaime was a huge opportunity lost by HBO. It's a small-enough scale (at least in the books where Robb isn't actually bringing his full host to Jaime), and the epicness of it can be portrayed without the use of hundreds of extras. Hell, I would've been thrilled just by seeing 20-25 horseriders riding hard through a forest, followed by a more narrow-scoped battle with Jaime cutting down 8-10 bannermen only to finally be taken down. Cutting from Tywin's line: "Likely with his other 18,000 men" to a scene with Robb and his bannermen riding down on Jaime's encampment would've been a perfect segue.I realize the Battle of Whispering Wood was told off-screen in the book as well, but this was a golden opportunity to take a bit of creative license and show us the fight, rather than tell. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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