Yeah.... I think she's going to end up being a lot more important than people would have expected.Originally Posted by Jennifer
I'm not really a fan of what they did with that storyline. Ellaria in particular has become extremely one-dimensional.... her POV in the book is entirely the opposite of what it is now, and the changes they made don't really make sense. They kind of drastically simplified that plot to the point where it's just kind of stupid. Everyone in Dorne except Doran now looks like a crazy idiot. Unlike with Sansa, what they did with Jaime really does come off as a clumsy hodgepodge... it very obviously looks like the result of trying to mash two distinct storylines together. With the exception of Doran, I feel like the Dornishmen have been robbed of any depth or complexity. Undoubtedly , they couldn't include a long lecture on the history of House Martell, but they could have come up with something better than this.The Dorne stuff was completely underwhelming, almost embarrassingly so - the writing, the fighting, the timing, it was all so pathetic and fake. The girls just don't seem scary, they seem like girls playing at being warriors for some reason, even if they were good enough to hold off Bronn.
I got annoyed with Cersei's storyline in the book, too. I think the show is an improvement in that they've trimmed out a lot of the fat. Granted, Loras is another character that's really suffered in the transition from book to screen. What happens to him in the book is a lot better. This was just kind of hitting you over the head with "contemporary relevance!"And the King's Landing stuff just seemed like cheap soap opera and overwrought drama. There was no real surprise there, I knew Cersei had everything set up (just like she stacked the deck against Tyrion), and Olenna is crafty enough to have figured it out but conveniently did not. It was just rather pathetic. Tywin knew her well enough -- Cersei isn't stupid, but she's not nearly as clever as she believes she is, she's a one-trick pony.
Tyrion's storyline is also vastly, vastly improved over the books. I like his take-downs of Jorah and his bickering with Varys, and the fact that he's using his head to get himself out with schemes. In the book, he just spends most of it as a kind of depressed alcoholic and gets stuck in this boring romantic subplot with one of the dwarfs who was at Joffrey's wedding (I'm not kidding). Tyrion was actually the weakest part of Book 5 because of this. Here again, they wisely trimmed out most of the fat.
So far, I think the Third Season was actually the weakest... it struck me as being a rather slow, aimless build-up to the Red Wedding, but that's how I felt about the first half of Book III, also. The revelations about Jaime never surprised me because I always saw the "Kingslayer" thing as bullshit. I did like the way they toyed with viewers about Ramsay and the Boltons, but Ramsay's introduction in the book is much better.