My g's LETS DISCUSS! I read the book 3 thinking it would enhance season 3 the show...but all it has done is gotten my body ready for a letdown. Episode 1 off break was a letdown.
- Ser Barriston the Bold just coming out and saying who he really is.
- Lord Balesh openly discussing getting Sansa out of King's Landings...so there goes pretty much the ENITRE POV of Sansa from the book shattered
- the entire Davos scene with Stannis. So he is thrown in the dungeons b4 or after meeting Stannis?...lol
- The dialogue between Shae and the hooker was unnessary (but necessary for the show it seems)
- and the most heartbreaking alteration of episode 1 was that stupid and lame "lie" for Jon Snow leaving his brothers. In the book Mance tells Jon that he has met him before in Winterfell when King Robert came. Jon used that and told him he turned because like the others he sat in the rear of the hall and not in the front with his "family". That was THE MOST COMPELLING DIALOGUE Jon had in the ENTIRE book outside of the conversation with Stannis. That dialogue gives you insight on the man's true feelings regarding being a bastard and gives you insight before he is tasked to choose to stay a brother of the night's watch or the new heir of Winterfell
HBO dropped the ball with that one
The showrunners made the correct decision regarding Barristan though. There is a lot of detail lost in this show... And we haven't seen him since season 1. The "Ah ha!" moment regarding him in the books wouldn't translate well onto television. There are many people that watch this show and didn't read the books.. And the reveal would fall flat to most of them.
We all have our wish lists. Like one of my favorite conversations in the book was the initial banter between Tyrion and my n*gga Quentyn (Which I'm guessing we won't see until next season).
This is the main disconnect between the book and the show. A lot of the bests parts of the books would actually fall flat in the show because it's hard to set up a lot of the things. I trust the show though. If you read the official show thread (not for book folks) they enjoy a lot of the stuff we are annoyed with because it's different in the books. The show does a good job of cutting out things that we thought were important and replacing it with something that works even better (for the screen). E.g. Shae's personality and Osha.
I went to a lecture and advance screening with George R. R. Martin two weeks ago and he said that he LOVES the way the show has handled Osha and you might even see the show having some influence on the way that he writers her in the last couple of books. He also said that the show could possibly k!ll off some characters still alive in the books because they're demanding too much money
I actually enjoy the subtle changes (as long as they don't go full True Blood on us) because most of the time it flows and it gives me something fresh while still telling the same story that I love so much. That's just my opinion though.