Ah Joffrey's wedding. The episode all Game of Thrones fans have been waiting for since the very first episode. Gotta say they did a pretty good job with it.
Yes. It was glorious. My wife cried tears of joy. Wicked, wicked joy...
I kinda feel bad for people who haven't watch it yet though. Facebook is blowing up with people spoiling it like assholes. Instead of something along the lines of, "OMG I can't believe that just happened on GoT", it's more like, "OMG I'm so glad Joffrey is finally dead.". Like, not everyone gets to watch something the second it airs. I already knew what was gonna happen since I read the book so it doesn't really affect me, but I know a friend of mine watches it during the 11:00 showing so I can only hope she was smart enough to avoid social networks. If not then she can thank the assholes for ruining it for her.
I would like to vent though that they are STILL including Theon in the show even though his shit doesn't take place until the FIFTH book, and where they ended Bran's story last season is all we see of him until the FIFTH book as well. STOP SPOILING SHIT I HAVEN'T READ YET HBO. I could understand if they wanted to (and fully expect them to) do the events of Books 4 and 5 together since they're both running concurrent of each other and are essentially 2 halves of the same book, but when this season is supposed to be focusing on the second half of A Storm of Swords they shouldn't be including stuff from later books.
Yep. That's why I made my wife watch it lastnight instead of Tevo'ing it like she usually does.
As far as fifth book events happening early, the events of Feast of Crows and Dance with Dragons overlap, so really, these plot lines should start next season at the latest. I believe they're just getting things underway a little early so they don't have to cram it in later. And seriously, read DwD before next season. They are going to have to run those books at the same time or it won't make sense. God knows Cersai's bullshit from FoC would make shitty TV anyway.
Yeah I know A Feast for Crows and A Dance With Dragons run concurrent so I fully expected them to put them together in the show next season. I already knew to make sure I had it read before next season, I just dislike that they're getting into it now. I could understand a jumpstart towards the end of the season to kind of lead into the next season, but the way things seem to be going they're gonna wind up going through Theon's entire story arc in seasons 3 and 4 which is gonna spoil that entire part of the book for me. Then what's gonna happen to him next season? GRRM STILL hasn't finished the 6th book so they're gonna go through this entire thing and then the character is just gonna fall off the face of the earth for a few seasons since there's nothing more that they can tell about him. Unless of course he died somewhere during A Dance With Dragons. Then they could kill him off the show and that's that. No idea how far they'll go with Bran either but considering it's only 1 season worth of going ahead and not 2 like Theon I'm hoping it doesn't spoil too much. And yeah I know what you mean about Cersei lol She's really gone off the deep end in A Feast for Crows.
I feel they probably kept up with Theon the whole time so people didn't forget about him and the Bolton story arc. That's some pretty important stuff, I think, and GRRM just kind of stops talking about it for an entire book and then some. I actually appreciate that the show is trying to keep all the important stuff relevant and cutting all the fluff (thank god they aren't spending the first 5 minutes of every scene describing everyone's breakfast lol). I'll tell you what really ticks me off, though. The fact that Bronn took Ser Ilyn's place in training Jaime. Ser Ilyn's cackles and silent taunts were instrumental in driving Jaime to remaster the sword and shut that mute bastard down. The inner dialog in those scenes was immense. I know it wouldn't have had the same impact on screen, but using ser Ilyn at least would have made more sense. They needed someone who wouldn't talk, right? Anyway, if you're worried about getting into the Bran stuff, you may want to go ahead and start reading. It looks like they're well underway.
Honestly I think a lot of the blame falls to GRRM for the way he went about telling Theon's story. Theon was presumed dead when Ramsay burned Winterfell, and for the entirety of books 3 and 4 you're left with that impression. It was a big shock to me when they had him back on the show last season since I didn't know anything about what happens to him in A Dance With Dragons. I'm not sure why he chose to write that arc as flashbacks in A Dance With Dragons instead of including it in A Storm of Swords, but it really throws the timeline of things off. But then like I said, what happens to Theon come next season? If they finish that entire story arc this season then there's no further story for Theon written yet so what do they do with the character? He'll be left forgotten anyway. There's no real way to avoid it because GRRM seems to be taking his sweet ass time writing the next book so it once again falls on him. As for Jaime, I think it's fairly obvious why they went with Bronn in the show. Bronn is a fan favorite and has much more personality than Ser Ilyn so it makes for better TV. That's one change that I actually think they made the right call on. I get what you're saying and agree to an extent, but I think in the end it's actually better for the show. And for Bran, I do still have some left to read in A Feast for Crows and then would still need to get a decent way into A Dance with Dragons so it's pretty much inevitable that I'm not gonna be able to get caught up to that in time which really saddens me.