So, I watched the season finale of Game of Thrones twice. The first time, something about it rubbed me the wrong way. Part of the reason was that I have been reading the books, at the moment I am 1/3 of the way through with A Dance With Dragons, but also, I think there was just too much information for one episode. On top of that, parts of it were straight out of the book when it would have made sense to be new with how the actors have been portraying the characters, but also some of it felt very hollow.
I just wanted to touch on the main points and how I felt about them.
Cersei and Jaime: These two characters, I feel, have been the biggest mess of the show. I really think they have done an injustice to Jaime’s character. He is so much more likable in the books. You see how twisted Cersei has made him, and how much he really loves his brother, for 4 books straight. Then, you read about a betrayal in the books which is omitted from the show, and it almost feels like you as a reader were betrayed. I really like him, he is one of my favorite characters in the books, in the show he is just eh.
I don’t have as big of a note for Cersei. She is manipulative but she also is just a very lost person. I feel as though she is a bit more redeemable in the television show, which will get confusing later on. This is a reoccurring problem with the show. They change characters into something they should not be, so when a pivotal plot point comes about, they writers are screwed.
Jojen’s death: Completely pointless. Seriously he speaks for television episodes and books continuously about “this not being the day I die” and he is killed in a split second from an awkward looking stab? And Meera doesn’t even seem to care all that much.
The Hound/Brienne fight: OK not in the books at all, but what a cool fight! Really liked it. My issue is that Arya just leaves him there! In the books it makes complete sense because he is who he is. In the show, he really does take care of her, and cares for her. The Hound even vocally says it in the episode before the actual fight, so why would she not ease him into death? In the books, it is definitely clear he is using her as a sort of redemption. However, it is really underplayed. In the show they bring that out in the open further so it makes absolutely no sense that she is so cold towards him.
Tyrion killing Shae and Tywin: This was shocking in the books! I actually quite literally, put my book down, paused and then picked it back up to reread the whole page over to be sure Tywin was actually killed. I NEVER saw it coming. After, it made complete sense, but before, never. And Shae was a big shock as well.
Both of these characters are completely unlikable in the books. You know what Shae is, and Tyrion even continuously reminds himself. Tywin is a cold man to be sure. You never get the Arya/Tywin relationship because in the books she is with Bolton. And Tyrion kills him over the betrayal I spoke of previously. So in the show it makes Tyrion look like a psychopath instead of a man pushed over the edge.
So as you can see, I have a reoccurring issue with the show. They tweak characters, which is fine, I have no problem with it. The problem is tweaking them to the point that the story no longer makes sense. A Song of Ice and Fire is a character driven book series. If you change the characters too much you change the story. I would rather them change the story then for it to make no sense, which is starting to happen.
I did like a few things besides Brienne/Hound, Bran being told he could fly was so powerful. That specific scene definitely did the books proud. Also, though confusing, the skeletons looked awesome! When I was little, I was a huge fan of Jason and the Argonauts. So to see skeleton fighters look that good brought out my inner child. And seeing a child of the forest!!!! Leaf was so cool. Loved her. And finally seeing Arya leave. Her actually leaving was a great thing.
For those complaining about something being omitted, remember, think of how powerful of a first episode that will be. For those who aren’t readers, you have HUGE things coming next season. Stay tuned for sure!