“The only reason we watched [Game of Thrones] was for Sean Bean,” groused EW reader Steve. “Way to go HBO, time to switch to Showtime.”
That’s a pretty common reaction among some viewers after watching Sunday’s episode of HBO’s fantasy series, especially among those who didn’t read the Thrones novel by George R. R. Martin. With the show’s ninth hour taking the unprecedented step of killing off a drama series’ main character (and its best known actor) in the first season, some fans are threatening to never watch the program again.
“Most of you who think this was some sort of brilliant move or something don’t understand the difference between a book audience and a TV audience,” argued EW reader Tamcamry. “TV audiences need to invest in characters. Most of the other characters I don’t care much about. While the show will probably still appeal to the ‘wow’ crowd, it’s mass appeal just got beheaded.”
Stark is killed in the book (I believe even earlier than in the HBO series). How is HBO supposed to keep a character alive for multiple seasons, when the whole plot of those seasons would not be possible if he were alive? These people were enjoying the story, but now they want HBO to completely abandon that story and just start making up stuff from scratch?
"I do not think baseball of today is any better than it was 30 years ago... I still think Radbourne is the greatest of the pitchers." John Sullivan 1914-Old athletes never change.
As someone who has never read the books, that twist only made me want to watch the show/read the books more. And that's pretty much the same for everybody else I know, everyone is hooked. So I can't really understand where those people are coming from.
If writers are upset over Ned's death wait until the Red Wedding
At least half of the main characters die in the first 2 books. But the great thing is that there are excellent characters to take their places. Soon we will meet Stanis and Melysandre and the Onion Knight. Little Bran will take a larger role, Theon will go off on his own and get his own storyline as will Sir Barristan. The great thing about reading the books beforehand is that you know what characters to invest in and which to not.
For people who read the books what do you think about them making Renly and Loras gay? Why did they need to do that?
Mookie4ever wrote:For people who read the books what do you think about them making Renly and Loras gay? Why did they need to do that?
They're gay in the books too, it's just very subtle.
I didn't catch it as I read through the books until someone else pointed it out.
Really? I remember them being dandies but not gay. Renly was with Margary the entire story. Loras certainly never went down on him, that was a little much imo. I don't like the entire storyline and don't really like the Tyrells at all. It feels like he put very strong characters on all the borders, the North, the Iron Isles, Storm's end and Dorne all have great characters with a lot of depth to the families, then he noticed that he middle was empty so he shoehorned in the Tyrells and even the Tullys. I can't wait until Theon gets back to the Iron Isles, that's going to be very cool.