In some ways I think this season has been the best so far and in others, by far the worst.
They’ve been so insistent with the theme of motherhood yet their portrayal of the mothers in show is appalling. Book!Catelyn is supposed to be a prominent voice of reason and support yet she makes the single mistake of freeing Jaime and is relegated to background prop #65 as retribution? The Red Wedding was intense but this very sudden vivacity in Catelyn would have been so much more moving if she had been more influential in the war effort.
What was the point of Talisa, in the end? What did that character serve that we couldn’t have got from Jeyne’s storyline which is actually, you know…interesting? I understand that GRRM asked them to change Jeyne’s name because they made her so different on the show but then what was the point in changing the character so much if she served no purpose besides being an added loss for Robb to lament?
I don’t know what they think they’re doing with the relationship between Cersei and Tyrion. One moment it seems they want her to be more humane and easier to woobify then the next she’s so outwardly hostile you think she’s about to tear Margeary’s throat open with her teeth. They can’t stop reminding us how much she loves her children and even go so far as to write a tired monologue about baby Joff yet when Tyrion threatens him right in front of her, all she does is frown slightly?!?
That line about her children basically saving her from suicide was the final nail in the coffin for Book!Cersei. In what world though?! Cersei Lannister is a creature of passion and vitality; she hungers for power to a fault yet we’re expected to believe that she’s this depressive, demure sop who can only get up in the morning because of her children? Cersei loves her children but she is also a powerful woman who wants to rule the fucking world. These things are not mutually exclusive!!
I suppose they’re trying to set things up for season 5 but Cersei was never anything other than the model of courtesy where Margaery was concerned, despite what she was feeling within. She’s scheming and she’s bloodthirsty but she’s not an idiot. Book!Cersei knows far better than to spit in the face of Tyrell’s.
I understand that lots of plot-points get lost/changed in adaptation but I can’t see the justification for almost completely editing out aspects of people’s personalities.
And I don’t really care for Dany but that last scene was 7 levels of creepy. Good job guys.