At 6/10/12 01:21 PM, creepyboy wrote:
I think the producers wants to focus more on drama and character development to not disappoint the audience like Lost did. Lost was a heavy character based drama, but they use all the mystery mostly to move the story and the characters motivations, but most people didn't get it and that's why they were disappointed at the end because all the questions weren't answered. It's logic that such an ambitious show like Game of Thrones don't want to fall in the same "trap", because audiences are now hesitant to follow Lost-type shows.
But Game of Thrones already has the answers decided. GRRM knows how it ends, he's not making it up as he goes like Lost. There's no fear of that, especially since some of the Clash of Kings prophecies have already paid off.
I wouldn't say character development is their focus, either. By changing Arya's story to what it was she didn't grow as a character at all this season. By this stage in the book she's killed men in cold blood, while in the show she's only killed that stable boy accidentally, which is very different. She should be a significantly darker character than she is by now.
I don't even want to think about Dany's story, which was changed from some pretty dull but ultimately important foreshadowing and character development to killing time for a season and having her shout "FAIAH AND BLUHD" a lot.
Honestly, it's not the fact that there are changes that bothers me, it's that some of the changes are entirely unnecessary and create plot holes or remove motivation for later events. I can understand the changes to the Blackwater or removing minor characters like Bywater and Alyanna and giving their roles to series regulars instead, I can't understand a lot of the other stuff.
Why did they not have Robb and Cat be informed for Bran and Rickon's "deaths"? Without it you go from a grieving mother freeing a man out of desperation to save her daughters to her apparently being played for a fool. Robb is even worse though. From a wounded man having just heard of his brothers death seeking comfort with the woman caring for him, and ultimately marrying her because honour demands it (drawing parallels with Ned) to an impulsive jackass who puts his own desire above the needs of his people and sacrifices a valuable alliance for pussy.
There's no reason for these changes. They wouldn't cost anything, and they make for much more likeable characters.
Then you've got the whole wilding thing, which was woefully handled. Qhorin is reduced to a bit part, and instead of the rangers sacrificing themselves one by one to stall the pursing wildlings, and Qhorin educating Jon along the way you get a bunch of sex jokes with Jon and Ygritte, and then a fight scene where it isn't even clear if Jon understood what Qhorin was doing.
Jon just comes off as a fucking retard in the show. Rather than showing compassion for Ygritte and freeing her, she tricks him and escapes. Rather than becoming a convincing turncloak by murdering the Halfhand on Rattleshirt's orders, he apparently kills him in self defence before being inexplicably freed by the wildlings because the plot demands it.
Again, none of this is a budget issue.
There's some more borderline cases, like giving most of Reek's role to Dagmer Cleftjaw, a relatively minor character, rather than just casting Ramsay this season and omitting Dagmer, and Qarth, that was handled poorly but at least the motivation behind the changes was fine, that being the lack of Dany in ACOK.
I don't want to give the impression I don't enjoy the show, I do, it's just frustrating that it could have been so much better with such minor alterations.