Originally Posted by Blackfyre
How are these changes necessary? I'll let the weasel soup and the changing of Jon and Ygritte slide, but the rest of them are asinine at best and flat out retarded at worst.
A lot of these changes are to cut down on the number of characters (cutting Meera and Jojen), save money on special effects (the Chain), or to give screen time to characters that in the books are otherwise doing nothing of interest in most of book 2 or would otherwise be underused for the TV show (the stealing the dragons plot, littlefinger going to Harrenhal, Bronn heading the citywatch).
Of all the things you listed the only one that really disappoints me is The Chain, and the season isn't over yet, so who knows what they will do. Cutting Meera and Jojen is also a little disappointing (because they are a cool part of the book), but they really do nothing for the plot that can't be done by other characters, as has already been shown.