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What is Dead Can Never Die

I can't pretend I wasn't horrified at S2E02 of Game of Thrones. Littlefinger, one of my favorite characters from the book, has devolved into an unsubtle, unclever pimp; Rakharo is dead, Salaador Saan is a strange pervert, and  Asha Greyjoy has gone from tall, strong, dark-haired, beautiful and laughing to dumpy, blonde, sullen, short and very plain, in addition to be re-named "Yarra." There are more nitpicks, but my principle objections are to the vast change in Littlefinger. It's inevitable that there will be added or modified or removed scenes, the nature of changing from one medium to another. But so long as they're in the spirit of the original material, it's fine by me, fanboy that I am. But much of this departure seems not in the same spirit, and more in the spirit of Saturday Night Live's explanation - a 13 year old boy as line producer.

So this week's episode was even more of a departure, with relatively little of the material actually coming from the books, and quite a bit of it wholly fabricated. This time, at least, however the departures *were* in the spirit of the books, though the change in character of Margaery Tyrell is quite pronounced. As were her boobs, and maybe neither of those things should be a big surprise at this point, I suppose. Anyway though, I was a bit more relieved. And still delighted by Balon Greyjoy.


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Apr. 16th, 2012 11:53 pm (UTC)
That's a shame! Littlefinger being all subtle and... Littlefinger... was one of my favorite aspects of books 1-4 (getting 5 from library when I move off Lost Island this week).
I'm glad you posted this, because watching the GoT HB series is 100% on my to do list, and you've softened the inevitable blow of how my wonderful Asha has changed. I shall steel myself! SHE WILL NOT SOW!
My mental Asha shares many, many qualities with the wonderful Captain Isabela of Dragon Age 2... considering the boobage happening there, such a concept could have still been HBO-viable.
Apr. 17th, 2012 12:01 am (UTC)
Yeah, I had pictured Asha more Isabela or Xena-esque. But listen - if the actress had the attitude, the brash, viking-princess aura, I wouldn't care about the physical differences. She just doesn't seem anything like Asha to me. If I showed you a picture of her and said, "Guess which character this is?" I really doubt you'd pick Asha.

Brienne, on the other hand, is entirely too pretty to be Brienne. However, she is tall, awkward, but physically dynamic. She'll totally work, I think.

Now, actresses shouldn't be judged solely on "she's not hot enough" or "she's too pretty" - but these are characters we know in our minds. Some of them when we see on screen, we think, "YES. That is that character!" Varys, Littlefinger, Balon Greyjoy, Tyrion, Stannis - so perfectly cast. The few clinkers stand out because they are so few.
Apr. 17th, 2012 03:39 am (UTC)
Absolutely. Asha IS her attitude. It's utterly defining and damning for her. We're a few seasons away from it, but I need her to completely OWN her Kingsmoot speech.

WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO MY LADY OF TARTH??? They went Hollywood Ugly, eh? As much as it makes me uneasy to boil down characters to how they should look, Brienne's physical appearance is an enormous character trait. It defines so much of her backstory, her struggles. But that said, if the actress is fierce as hell and kicking ass and being honorable as get-out... that's my Brienne!

I'm glad to see the TV version and enjoy what is, from my understanding, brilliant casting on par with Jackson's LoTR/Hobbit. (Insert Sean Bean jokes here.)
Apr. 18th, 2012 01:08 am (UTC)
Just to even out the "perfect casting" you listed above, to add some female characters: Arya, Sansa, and Daenarys (she took some getting used to, but now that I've seen her in several episodes, I think she's great).
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