Originally Posted by HORNS
Apparently there will be fifteen episodes left in the series, maximum. That's unfortunately a small amount of time to properly tie up all the characters' stories.
Lefty, I'd be sincerely interested in your thoughts on how the writers and directors could have done things differently to maintain the books' message.
These guys have a massive hit on their hands and I'm struggling to get my new show off the ground, so what do I know? But...
It's an impossible task to adopt an epic that remains unwritten and what has been published is filled with superfluous plot. (Had Martin not wasted time on pointless shit this thing might be done by now.) It's also tough to please an enormous fan base who obsess over every detail and know more about the world than you ever will.
That said, the first season was pretty good while being faithful to the book. Why? Because they adapted to make the material suitable for TV which is very different than adapting to make the material "better". Far too much of the latter going on now.
So, what to do? Adapt as faithfully as possible within the confines of budget and time. Recognize that there are a number of fan-loved moments and it's in the show's best interest to keep those intact. And if you're going to detour, it'd better be fucking great.
I'm continually shocked on how they fuck up fan gifts by altering beloved lines and scenes for no reason whatsoever. "Edd, fetch me a block" becomes "Ollie, bring me my sword" and adds nothing to the story while pissing off a lot of fans.
Occasionally, they get one right. The Tywin/Arya scenes were great and I really liked Margaery. But then there's the Jaime/Bronn travel show and it all comes crashing down. Never thought I would say this ... I'm really sick of Bronn.
As to King Snow, common knowledge would be that he abandoned his oath as I doubt the fact that he has been killed and resurrected has spread at all. But let's say it has. Someone explain to me how the northern lords who follow the old gods would accept a dead person brought back to life by an acolyte of the Lord of Light as their king? I'm sure the books give a longer more logical explanation for this and I'm also sure that Snow does well in the battle, but the show failed miserably.