Originally Posted by Defcon
Your Arya theory is amazing and frankly I think if that happened it'd be one of the most shocking things on the show, the Internet would explode in outrage. I can see GRRM doing that though.
I may be in the minority but I liked Sam's dad. Sam is a nice guy with a kind heart but would make a horrible leader. He'd be dead without Jon. And his dad is apparently a legendary military leader. Its not like Sam deserves the sword, he's no fighter and got lucky with the WW. Tywin was also an evil tycoon but you can see without his leadership the Lannisters are a joke with idiot Tommen and useless Cersei + Jaime.
Regarding your comment about Sam... While it's true he's not a great warrior, he would be a great Maester. Also, being a great leader is about a lot more than being able to fight. Look at Tyrion. While he has been in battle and even done well leading men into battle, he's not a great warrior, but he has a keen mind, and he knows a LOT of stuff. Knowledge is his thing, his raison d'etra. He had to develop his mind-- that was his contribution to his family (he said that early on). I think Sam might eventually (possibly) become Tyrion's equal with regard to knowledge, perhaps not in leadership skill, but leaders need men with knowledge. That's why all leaders have advisors.
Originally Posted by Yrd
As far as your Arya theory, it's cool, but missing the requirement of the black and white assassination, the payment. Who would be requesting Sansa's death, that needed a faceless man? The waif does seem have some weird vendetta against Arya, but I don't think she's going to take over her life to kill Sansa.
Personally, I'm annoyed that she's giving up on the assassin thing this fast. Basically a waste of time coming over here. I'm missing something.
I don't think she's given up the assassination thing, otherwise she never would have hidden needle and then gone back for it. I think a possibility is, she'll kill the waif and that will be payment enough for the god (Jaq'en just said a face is owed," he never specified whose). I think she decided to stay so she could learn all their tricks before going out on her own. She's using them. She became very adept at lying though. And, she learned patience and stealth.
Originally Posted by tonycsmoke
I think the high sparrow is a villain. He may be much more so because he seeks power by claiming to be righteous. How many atrocities have been committed in the name of religion.
I agree. Religious leaders *always* have an agenda. They all seek ultimate power, no matter how humble and meek they may seem. And when the Sparrow said they were all willing to die for their cause, well, that's what makes them dangerous. In this world we would call them fanatics.
Originally Posted by TitusTroy
I don't believe that King's Landing was torched under Mad King Aerys...he ordered it but Jamie killed him before his orders could be carried out...
you can't expect David Benioff and Dan Weiss to spend there entire life (or at least there prime) writing and directing Game of Thrones...I'm sure they have other projects they want to do but the show requires pretty much a year round commitment...I think they are doing their best to accurately depict the books but yes I'm sure they are also condensing it as well...but they are still following the outline GRRM gave them...so to that end I'm sure they will do a great job all the way to the end...without question they did an amazing job with this adaptation and I don't think anyone else could have done a better job with such a dense and epic series of fantasy novels
D&D are huge fans of the book and it shows in the way they have crafted the show
The Mad King did like burn people though. He was insane.
There is no way they could follow the books exactly. There are far too many characters and so much more going on. If they wanted to do it exactly the show would have about 20 episodes/season. It would be too hard and cost too much. They're doing a great job, imo, even though they've changed certain things.
Someone asked if HBO owned the show. I *think* D&D own the rights to adapt and produce the show and they have a contract with HBO. HBO (I'm sure) has some kind of exclusivity contract with both D&D and also George RR Martin for the show. I could be wrong about that, but I think that's normally how they do it when adapting a book to screen. Someone buys the rights to the book, and then they have x amount of time to produce it before the production rights go away. They have to sell it to someone in order to produce it, in this case, HBO. In some other countries the show is on a different network (like Showcase).