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The Dragon Demands

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  • The Dragon Demands

    This is the earliest manuscript outline that Martin sent to his publishers. It changed DRASTICALLY in later drafts and has little resemblance to the final version.

    Keep in mind that even, say, in Tolkien's The Lord of The Rings, "Strider" (Aragorn) started out as a Hobbit named "Trotter" who had wooden feet, because he'd been a prisoner in Mordor for a while and had his feet cut off. Tolkien had no idea who Aragorn was and it just popped up as he made later and later revisions. Also in the original Lord of the Rings outline Aragorn ended up with Eowyn, and Arwen didn't even exist. In later drafts he realized that Eowyn's love for Aragorn was really obsession, and …

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  • The Dragon Demands

    The Season 5 trailer:

    We don't clearly see any Dornish characters (they are in it, but not slow lingering headshots)

    ...judging by Varys, it would seem that the entire Bastard of Blackfyre subplot with Young Griff has been cut.

    ...Jon Snow's thing with Hardhome (I guess) seems expanded a bit (Hardhome is a large wildling settlement on the east coast, the closest thing they ever had to approaching a "town" in size, but it was destroyed some centuries ago -- though now in desperation wildlings have fled to the ruins).

    Inaccurate reports said that the Pyramid of Meereen is destroyed. It is not. They're simply pulling down the harpy statues from the top, wh…

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  • The Dragon Demands

    It took me only a few minutes to dash this off just to clear my head.

    But I was trying to make a general listing/ranking of the worst changes the TV show made from the books. No, the argument that "the show is just different, like The Walking Dead" is facile and not really applicable here: The Walking Dead openly admits that it only loosely follows some general ideas from the source comics. The TV show is an adaptation and will be judged as an adaptation.

    Now that being said, some find it odd that I actually play devil's advocate a lot with the TV series. My general philosophy is that we need to keep our complaints "focused" on the most egregious things....the things that cannot reasonably be defended. If you lump in the reasonable changes …

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  • The Dragon Demands

    As I did in Season 3, I wanted to ponder what might be the focus of "Histories & Lore" animated featurettes in the Season 4 Blu-ray. These are written by Bryan Cogman and narrated by the cast in-character, and usually give a good amount of backstory from the books.

    Well it's difficult to develop a "wishlist" for Season 4, because many of the major Houses were already covered in past seasons. We've had videos focusing on each Great House for Stark, Lannister, Baratheon, Targaryen, Arryn, Tyrell, Greyjoy, Tully, even Frey and Bolton. The Martells are the only new one, though there is much to cover there...

    Season 3 came up with the great idea of making videos on "regions", not just the Great House who rules it; explaining "these are some of th…

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  • The Dragon Demands

    The Season 3 deleted scenes were very underwhelming this year compared to Season 2, which included a lot of Loras scenes mourning Renly which were sorely lacking from the main episodes.

    Well that's a bit unfair: the Tywin-Pycelle deleted scene is amazing, but it already premiered at San Diego Comic-Con last summer.

    The deleted scenes are:

    • Tywin and Pycelle (deleted)
    • Jon Snow considers fleeing
    • Jon Snow meets Mance Rayder (extended)
    • Robb, Northern lords, and the Tullys at Riverrun (extended)
    • Small Council discusses the wildling threat (deleted)

    Well, we've seen the Tywin-Pycelle stuff - it's great, doesn't really add any "new" information but adds some firm interaction between the two. Also very well filmed (Tywin is fishing and clubbing the fish de…

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