As I long-time fan of the book series written by George R.R. Martin and one-time huge fan of the TV series (mostly) written by David Benioff & David Weiss I have become gradually disappointed by the TV series throughout its current run of four seasons. In order to get some of the angst off my chest I’ve decided to start blogging about what bothers me.
I wish I’d started this blog long before now, but because I haven’t these posts will not necessarily be in any order, following the two different storylines followed by books and TV show, but will just be about stuff that bothers me as it comes up.
First, I’m going to introduce myself. I sometimes comment on the various GOT websites like Watchers on the Wall, Winter is Coming and Tower of the Hand as Jenny of Oldstones. My real name is Jenny as well, or Jenni. On Facebook I use my real name and surname, Jennifer Lennox. On Twitter I am just_jenni, as well as on Livejournal. I keep Livejournal as mostly a venue in which to post real life stuff as well as about my favourite sport, soccer (or as it is called in Europe, football).
I am Canadian, born in Vancouver, living in Toronto now, of British parents. My mother was English, born in the Tottenham area of London, and my father’s background is Scottish (his father) and American (his mother). My personal life will probably never be discussed here. I’ll use this blog to discuss not only ASOIAF and GOT but other books, book series and TV shows or movies that I enjoy.
The new season got underway last Sunday and while I thought Episode One wasn’t too bad there were some things that disappointed the hell out of me. First, I was looking forward to the scene in the sept where Tywin’s body lay, only to have Cersei begin to flip out about so many things, including the fact that Tywin’s corpse was giving off the most offensive foul odor ever to have come off a rotting dead body. I wanted to see her grab Tommen by the ear and haul him outside because he had vomited at the stench of Tywin. I wouldn’t even have minded if they didn’t show Cersei burning down the Tower of the Hand with wildfire because that could be left until another episode (and I do hope the show gives us this gem). But no, there was nothing about how bad Tywin stunk. Cersei even bent down to kiss his forehead! That’s terrible, in my opinion. Here was a fantastic opportunity to provide more depth to the proceedings and show the fans more of Cersei’s character. It would have given her something to do! If you think about it, what does Cersei do in the way of actual action? NOTHING, usually. I know she is a fantastic character. She is the most evil woman who ever lived, then or now, in fantasy or reality. Please, please, please let us have more of her moving around! The best scene for me of Cersei last season was when she walked over the bloody guts that The Mountain had strewn all over the ground, holding her skirts and gaining his promise to be her representative in the trial by combat against Oberyn Martell and Tyrion. But I digress.
Why do so many of the main female characters travel to different places and get to do active things? Arya, Brienne, Cat, Dany and even Sansa are examples of those. But Cersei is so sedentary! Even if she must stay in the Red Keep because of the plot, could she at least do something that requires some physical effort, like yanking Tommen outside the sept by his ear? We have not seen Cersei go anywhere since the first season when Robert made her go to Winterfell with him, or do much of anything else except drink wine.
The other major thing that bothered me in that scene was that Jaime didn’t do anything either. He acted as numb as a female White Walker’s tit. It would have been great if he and his sis had had a physical fight or something over the top of Tywin’s corpse. This wasn’t the main thing that bugged me, though. That was what Grey Worm said to Missandei in answer to her question about why an Unsullied would want to visit a brothel. What he replied in the show was, “I don’t know.”
“I don’t know”???? What kind of dull answer is that???
In the book, what he said was, “Even those who lack a man’s parts may still have a man’s heart.”
What an awesome answer. WHY COULD BENIOFF & WEISS (OR B&W AS I LIKE TO CALL THEM) HAVE HIM SAY THAT??????? Those words are a thousand times better than “I don’t know”!!!
But I have noticed that B&W don’t seem to like using the actual words from George’s books. I don’t know why, but when the opportunity has arisen on other occasions for a character to say something awesome, they don’t do it. One major example from last season was that Littlefinger didn’t say “Only Cat” before pushing Lysa through the moon door when she asked him if he loved her. In the show they had him say, “I’ve only loved one woman. Your sister.”
“Only Cat” would have been so much better, so much richer in meaning, so much more personal than the generic “Your sister”. Just sayin’.
And that’s all for now. You can be sure I’ll be back with more after tomorrow’s Episode Two.