I love Game of Thrones. It goes back to my love of A Song of Ice and Fire way back in the day, though I only got two books on the first read through. A few years later I heard from a co-worker that the TV show was happening, and almost immediately I went ahead and read all four books that were out at the time.
My following of the show has been no different. Even events that I knew were coming, such as the events of “Baelor” (S1), “The Ghost of Harrenhal” (S2), “The Rains of Castamere” (S3), and “The Lion and the Rose” (S4), still filled me with a genuine sense of tension that film and TV struggles to do these days.
And I understand that the show can not follow the books exactly. I think I read somewhere that George R.R. Martin wrote the books with an adaptation in mind (I can’t find a quote for this so don’t quote me on it either), which would make the transition easier than most, but of course there needs to structural, character and story changes. And most I’ve seen as necessary or at least bearable. I sit down every week to watch the show legally on my very expensive Foxtel subscription (thanks Fox and HBO for that one, but that’s a whole different story), which I still have primarily to legally watch this show.
An example of a change I’ve enjoyed is the larger role for Margaery Tyrell. In the books she’s really on the periphery, and portrayed primarily as a bit of a
slut lady of the night. In the show, however, at this stage at least she appears to be more on the side of good, trying to mold Joffrey in to at least a half decent king. Natalie Dormer does a fantastic job in the role as well.
The spoilers will begin shortly, so if you didn’t notice the big SPOILERS tag in the title, if you haven’t watch the show yet, I’d suggest ending your reading journey here.
Let’s just go ahead and talk out the whole story, shall we? Credit: HBO
There’s one in the last couple of episodes that just don’t sit right for me. Why they’ve been made, I don’t know. To make the TV show its own beast perhaps? Or is HBO commiting the cardinal sin and writing down its audience’s intelligence.
King Joffrey’s murder? The books make fairly certain that Olenna Redwyne is behind it, while not explicitly putting it out there for all to see. As far as I recall. There’s simply the mention of Sansa’s hair net being crooked and needing to be straightened. No names are mentioned, but we know exactly what has occurred.
In the show, however, we see a scene with the Queen of Thorns openly discussing with Margaery that she was behind the killing, speaking in detail of her exact motive etc, much to Margaery’s shock. Who knows, this change might just be a result of dialogue shift from what Littlefinger talks about in the books, due to the change from the POV nature of the books to a more open and varied character set featured in the show. But I still don’t like it very much.
I’m also not entirely enthused by the change in the placement of Lysa Arryn’s little outburst to Littlefinger regarding Jon Arryn’s death. It seems as though they were trying to layer everything in terms of Littlefinger being a bit of a scoundrel fairly thick. I don’t think it pays off. Assuming the writers are going to go down the same route between the two characters as they did in the books, the revelation would have been much more powerful and hard hitting had it been placed where it originally happened in the books.
The character change of Jaime into a bit of a rapist didn’t really rub well with me either. It sort of goes against the positive changes his character has gone through over the previous four books.
I don’t know, though. Maybe I’m just becoming one of those fans that lambastes every little change from the original piece to its adaptation.
If that’s me, please shoot me. Immediately. I don’t want to live in this world anymore.