Game of Thrones Twitter Q&A
By Winter Is Coming on in Speculation.

Yesterday I was bored and tried something new on Twitter, a question and answer session fielding all your Game of Thrones-related questions. The questions came in fast and furious and I tried to get to all of them. I had fun though and hopefully our followers enjoyed it and found it informative.

For those who missed it or aren’t on Twitter, I’ve compiled all except the most spoilery questions and answers here for your reading pleasure.



83 Comments

  1. Al Swearengen
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    I have a feeling that Ramsey will pretend to be a prisoner with Theon.

  2. PJK
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    Al Swearengen,

    I think you are right, it would fit with the shenanigans around Iwan Rheon’s character name.

  3. Duff Man
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    What’s up with the creepers asking about Emilia and Lena and whether they’ll be appearing nude this season?

  4. Atlastapor
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    @wicnet winteriscoming.net keep up the phenomenal job. Your dedication to the fans of the series (us) is incredible and much appreciated, especially as we wait during the long offseason! Thanks and keep up the good work from all of your daily readers.

  5. Abyss
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    I think WIC should do that on a regular basis as he suggested. Even I learned some new things and I am veteran when it comes to GOT by now. ;-)

  6. Josh Dillard
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    Am I missing something? All I see is a list of answers with only a couple questions interspersed. Without context, I have no idea what most of the answers are referring to.

  7. Abyss
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    Josh Dillard,

    The questions are at the end sometimes, because they retweeted. Look for “RT”. ;-)

  8. Winter Is Coming
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    Josh Dillard,

    As Abyss said, sometimes I responded to the questions in a retweet, other times I responded directly. The retweeted ones have both the question and answer in the same tweet (with the answer actually coming first, due to the way Twitter works). The others follow a more conventional question/answer format.

  9. hinka
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Great job, liked it… so Talisa will be present at the RW… interesting…

  10. Alan
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Everyone seems to keep thinking that they won’t keep up the Arstan ruse in the show — and I suppose it’s hardly necessary to maintain.

    That said, just because it’ll be impossible to keep it from the audience doesn’t mean there’s any reason for Dany or Jorah (who saw him a few times twenty years ago) to recognize the man. It works just fine. I could see it going, but that kind of situation where the audience is in on the secret often works very well.

  11. Tina
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    can’t wait for emilia this season <3

  12. Sandsnake
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    So it sounds like there is a good chance that Yara is in this season too. I like this as even if it is only for a scene or two it keeps the character in viewers minds and I always like continuity in shows too. Kind of like how Rhakaro, Kevan and Ilyn appeared for a scene in season 2 even though they were only brief parts.

  13. Super Danny
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    Aye I’d love this to be a regular thing! Keep it up :)

  14. Hi-Fi
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    Is this more speculation or is there actual confirmation that Beric will only appear in 2 or 3 episodes and Stannis/Davos/Mel are only in a “few” episodes?

    Yara being present in S3 is great news to me, is that confirmed as well?

  15. Kevin
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    I don’t tweet, but I have a question. Will they include anything about Edmure Tully’s battle outside Riverrun?

  16. Winter Is Coming
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    Hi-Fi:
    Is this more speculation or is there actual confirmation that Beric will only appear in 2 or 3 episodes and Stannis/Davos/Mel are only in a “few” episodes?

    Yara being present in S3 is great news to me, is that confirmed as well?

    Speculation, mostly. The Mel stuff is somewhat based on Carice van Houten’s tweets as she tweets every time she heads to Belfast and she wasn’t there much this season. Also, there just isn’t much to that whole storyline this season. Beric is pure speculation based on how much he appears in the book.

    Yara’s appearance was confirmed in a Twitter exchange between her and Isaac Hempstead-Wright where he told her he “hoped she had a good season”. Reading between the lines a bit, it sounds like she was involved in some filming this year. I also suspect they will want her to remain fresh in viewers’ minds, so leaving her out entirely probably isn’t the best idea.

    Kevin:
    I don’t tweet, but I have a question.Will they include anything about Edmure Tully’s battle outside Riverrun?

    They likely won’t show anything, but they may make mention of it. There was a leaked audition tape where Edmure was getting schooled by the Blackfish and Robb over him engaging Tywin in battle. Of course, there is no guarantee that scene will be in the show.

  17. Rita Leeds
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    Question that has nothing to do with this post:
    How long will GoT be filming in Morocco for? Anyone know?

    Also, whereabouts are they filming in Morocco?

    I ask because I may be going there for work.

  18. Winter Is Coming
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    Rita Leeds, until the end of the week, I believe. Ouarzazate.

  19. Al Swearengen
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    I wish they would film a prologue, and epilogues for future seasons.

  20. Al Swearengen
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    Duff Man,

    Clearly you haven’t been to the GOT IMDB forum page.

  21. serum
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming,

    Hey WiC, I don’t see any of the questions or answers in this post at all, not sure if its just the pc I’m on or what but just thought I’d mention it in case others are dealing with the same problems.

  22. Grijnwaald
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming:
    Josh Dillard,

    As Abyss said, sometimes I responded to the questions in a retweet, other times I responded directly. The retweeted ones have both the question and answer in the same tweet (with the answer actually coming first, due to the way Twitter works). The others follow a more conventional question/answer format.

    serum,

    What WiC said ;)

  23. Al Swearengen
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    WIC – you say look for Euron and Victarion next season but shouldn’t they be appearing in season 5 ?

  24. Alan
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    Al Swearengen:
    WIC – you say look for Euron and Victarion next season but shouldn’t they be appearing in season 5 ?

    There has been some talk that the first parts of AFfC and possibly even ADwD will be brought into Season 4. The Ironborn and Dorne sections of Feast happen before the end of ASoS. In addition, with the climaxes likely being in Episode 9, we could see some bringing in of Feast and Dance to tease the next season in Episode 10.

  25. Alan
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    serum:
    Winter Is Coming,

    Hey WiC, I don’t see any of the questions or answers in this post at all, not sure if its just the pc I’m on or what but just thought I’d mention it in case others are dealing with the same problems.

    He inbedded something straight from Twitter, so you might need to try another browser or something more modern.

    Also, it keeps refreshing, which is somewhat annoying.

  26. Hi-Fi
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming,

    Cool. Thanks for the update on Yara!

    I actually think they’re going to expand Beric a bit. I speculate Arya will meet the Brotherhood fairly early in the season.

  27. Caro H
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t get a chance to tweet, but i was wondering if you had an idea about in which episode will Sandor re-appear? thanks!

  28. Rita Leeds
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, WIC!

  29. Selmy
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    Hey WIC, I’ve know they cut the book ”roughly” in half, thus having the RW in ep 9. But have you heard anything else from the second half which has been included in season 3?

  30. Brian
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming,

    Any news on Balon Greyjoy appearing this season?

  31. Cary Storm
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    @WiCnet will we see a nude Cersei? Cersei sex scenes?

    Lancel Lannister, Osmund Kettleblack, and Moon Boy, for all we know.

  32. MLegendre
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    I wonder if Robb’s wife will take on Dacey Mormonts part in the Red Wedding?

  33. Jacarb
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    I still can’t believe that Talisa will be at the RW.

    So she was on set to tweet about it. Wasn’t that also the last day of filming in that location? With a cake? Couldn’t she have just showed up to watch a major scene and have some cake? As for her being in costume (which I seem to recall reading?), I dunno, photos? Nostalgia? Filming an interior Riverrun scene? Her presence at the Twins, from the perspective of the characters, would just be utterly anathema to logic. I’ll very reluctantly believe it if I see it.

    While nudity questions are in the air, what about Cersei’s walk of shame? It’s not gonna be for a while, but I’d argue that it’s the one instance of necessary nudity in the story. Thoughts? I think it’ll happen, but talk of contracts and star power give me a smidge of doubt.

    Unrelatedly, I had a realization last night. Politics completely aside, I was wondering why Mitt Romney would run for president when he is a 65 year old multi-millionaire with eighteen grandkids. Wouldn’t most people call that life-victory and retire to some island? Then it hit me. An aging patriarch with copious scions and a chip on his shoulder about his family being regional rulers but never quite breaking into the top…

  34. JamesD
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    WIC:
    You say with such certainty that Dany won’t be “helped” to sleep by her handmaiden, yet this show is never shy about sex…

    …why would it remove a scene that was legitimately in the books, and actually gives insight to a character.

    Dany sleeps with her handmaiden whenever she needs quick and easy satisfaction, speaking of course to her impulsive nature.

  35. Sandsnake
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    I wonder if they may include a scene where Yara returns home to give Balon an update on what is happening with Theon, etc before being sent back to the mainland. That or someone informs her Theon is captured and she decides not to help him. Really not too sure on that one but its nice for continuity rather than people just dissapearing for a year and only takes up a few minutes of screen time so Im all for things like this.

  36. King Tommen
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    I would imagine the only way to insert Yara into Season 3 without completely inventing new plotlines would be to have her in a couple scenes with her father and for her to either witness or find her father dead (in the finale most likely).

    It would also flow into the Stannis story which probably will be about Melisandre wanting to sacrifice Shireen (filling the Edric role) and getting some version of the leeches.

  37. Eor75
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    I’ve heard that Lena Heady (Cercei) has a no-nudity clause in her contract (the ass in the pilot was someone else), so I find it unlikely that we’ll have her nude.Maybe for the walk of Shame, but it could very well be a body double or clever camera angles that hide it. As long as they capture Cercei’s breakdown I’d be fine with either.

    For Yarra: There’s a scene in Feast for Crows where she mentions going back to Winterfell to try and find Theon’s body. I could see them having that, then later have her come back to Balon and tell him his son is dead, the same way Damphair had to. I also assume they’ll cut Damphair (I like the character a lot, but at least so far his storyline could easily be combined with Victarions. Depends on what the Damphair does in Winds of Winter if that would work)

  38. Grijnwaald
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    That “AnglecynnCallum” guy seems real swell, probably dashingly handsome and charming too.

  39. Nancy
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    Plus, if you’ve seen Lena Headley in her dress for the Emmys this year, she has a lot of back tattoos that I don’t think makeup can cover up very well and I doubt the show will want to spend the extra money CGI-ing out, even if she did not have no nudity clause.

    The walk of shame in future seasons will involve either a body double or creative filming. Or possibly, just Cersei in a ratty gown & hair with people throwing stuff at her and insulting her, she doesn’t necessarily have to be naked for that

  40. Jacarb
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    Nancy,

    I dunno, the whole point of the walk is to reduce her to absolutely zero dignity. Even a burlap sack is something. I mean, they shave her everything and even deny her sandals. They aren’t messing around, and that level of religious zeal is integral to the plot. Assuming a no-nudity clause, I guess I’m just hoping that she’ll make an exception for a dramatic, distinctly unsexy scene.

    Also, they have make-up that can cover tattoos. Easily.

  41. WildSeed
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the compilation, it was easy to follow. I do not Twitter or have Tumbler,
    so this was appreciated.

  42. Valyrian
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    WiC, I think he/she mentioned “Merlings” as a reference to the Manderlys. Not important, just…whatever lol

  43. Brian
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    Valyrian:
    WiC, I think he/she mentioned “Merlings” as a reference to the Manderlys. Not important, just…whatever lol

    Actually, “Merlings” is a popular fan theory about Varys. It’s not popular in that a lot of people believe it, but it’s famous and hilarious how much evidence was used to support such a ridiculous theory.

    http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/topic/28634-play-spot-the-merling/

  44. Jon Connington
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    Belwas replaces grew warm? assuming the astapor uprising is the end of danys arc in s3.

    Seems possible?

  45. Valyrian
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    Brian,

    God! That’s just what you said, hilarious!!!! lol

  46. Lord Damien HEarst
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    Please Read…….

    I have talked to many fans and everyone agrees that Game of Thrones season 1
    was like if you were actually seeing Westeros and its main characters!
    But Season 2 completely destroid the story of book 2 we were watching characters reading scripts rather than acting! We felt we werent in Westeros but a stage drama and these are
    the main culprits why:

    The dumbest actor who cant act totally missruined Qhorin Halfhands role
    as a Magnificant black brother!

    The overly importance of a whore called Ross and wasting time on her!

    Changing the season 2 so extremely you dont ssee any glimps of the book.

    The only episode i liked was that which was written by george rr martin!

    The question i have will we see the same dumb writers ruining Season 3?

  47. Selmy
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    Lord Damien HEarst:
    Please Read…….

    I have talked to many fans and everyone agrees that Game of Thrones season 1
    was like if you were actually seeing Westeros and its main characters!
    But Season 2completely destroid the story of book 2 we were watching characters reading scripts rather than acting! We felt we werent in Westeros but a stage drama and these are
    the main culprits why:

    The dumbest actor who cant act totally missruined Qhorin Halfhands role
    as a Magnificant black brother!

    The overly importance of a whore called Ross and wasting time on her!

    Changing the season 2 so extremely you dont ssee any glimps of the book.

    The only episode i liked was that which was written by george rr martin!

    The question i have will we see the same dumb writers ruining Season 3?

    WOW. A lot of anger in that message man. But hey, everone has a right to their opinion, so I’ll tell you mine :)

    First of all I agree with you on season 1, that season was fuckin awesome :P

    I don’t think Ros and Halfhand are good exemples of bad acting, since they are minor characters that don’t even have a POV in the books. Let’s talk about the main characters, what do you say?

    Yes they changed a lot of season 2 because the majority of the changes were necessary. They need ratings to stay alive or HBO will pull the axe on them. Do you think that non-readers want to watch a show where; Dany walks in the desert and nothing happens; she finds a empty city with no food and nothing happens, finds another city called Quarth where nothing really happens; and maybe even learn that a certain drink tastes like her late husband’s cum; then goes to a fuck-hole called ”The House of the Undying”, for obscure reasons. :S I would, but I don’t think they will.

    That was just an exemple, there are a lot. So try and see the glass half-full man.

    PS: If you guys want to see something funny, especially after 4:20 ;) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cyk7utV_D2I

  48. Winter Is Coming
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

    serum:
    Winter Is Coming,

    Hey WiC, I don’t see any of the questions or answers in this post at all, not sure if its just the pc I’m on or what but just thought I’d mention it in case others are dealing with the same problems.

    You can try viewing them on Storify. If you can’t see them there either, then yeah, you may need to try a different browser.

    Caro H:
    I didn’t get a chance to tweet, but i was wondering if you had an idea about in which episode will Sandor re-appear? thanks!

    I’m not sure. If I had to guess, I would say ep 3 or 4.

    Selmy:
    Hey WIC, I’ve know they cut the book ”roughly” in half, thus having the RW in ep 9. But have you heard anything else from the second half which has been included in season 3?

    Nothing specific, but they did shoot a Jaime and Brienne scene in Croatia, so it’s possible they may have them arrive at KL by the end of the season.

    Brian:
    Winter Is Coming,

    Any news on Balon Greyjoy appearing this season?

    I haven’t heard anything.

  49. Mrs. H'ghar
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

    Well done WiC! A woman is sorry to have missed your TwitterQ&A but thoroughly enjoyed reading them after. It’s cool that Talisa will be there, now we can speculate on what her role will be for the next 5 months!

    Let’s see if we can come up with a different and unique role for Talisa at the RW every day for the next 158 days. I’ll start with a few that have been mentioned previously to my knowledge:
    Talisa possibilities at the RW
    #1. Talisa gets killed with Robb at the RW;
    #2. Talisa kills Robb at the RW;
    #3. Talisa is taken captive at the RW;
    #4. Talisa goes all ninja and slashes her way out of the RW, making an escape to where??? (OK, a woman made that one up, begs forgiveness);

    Anybody?????????

  50. The Young Wolf
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 12:02 am | Permalink

    I personally hope they stick the to the Arstan plot.
    And Talisa being at the RW changes a lot, especially if she dies/betrays Robb.

  51. Kingslayer
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 12:24 am | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming,

    Any news of David Bradley at the RW? I would hope they wouldnt use an extra given his importance.

  52. sjwenings
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 12:31 am | Permalink

    Lord Damien HEarst: Please Read…….

    I read it, and just simply disagree. Maybe you’re just a bit too caught up with what you expected to see that it didn’t take much for you to just not agree with the way the show was done. I mean, season one also had a fair bit of diversions from the books as well – Ros was there, and all too.

    If you look at the poll at the bottom of this page, you’ll see that 47% gave season 2 5 out 5 stars. And 40% 4 out of 5. So maybe you should consider that your judgement is a little harsh? Just maybe – I mean, you’re allowed to really dislike it ofc.

  53. Mrs. H'ghar
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 12:40 am | Permalink

    The Young Wolf:
    I personally hope they stick the to the Arstan plot.
    And Talisa being at the RW changes a lot, especially if she dies/betrays Robb.

    A woman also was fond of the original Arstan plot, but then again, with only 10 episodes per season things had to be compressed. At least it appears we will have Arstan, and that’s a plus. Also, regarding Talisa at the RW, it could changes a lot of things, or not much. Since we already have no Westerling family, her arc could take any number of turns, and that’s what gives us some mystique now, even the book readers. It could be that her story dies at the RW with her, or not. Delicious suspense.

  54. Lord Of Lite
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 1:07 am | Permalink

    Has anyone thought that the blonde person who was mentioned a while back as being at the RW might be Lancel sent to see that everything goes as planned? His being haunted by what he witnessed might go a long way to explain his latter actions in the book. A Lannister witness would add a lot of weight scenes in King’s Landing and Jaime’s interaction with him in the book.

  55. Nezzer
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 2:59 am | Permalink

    I really hope we get to see the Dreadfort next season. It would also be awesome to have it replacing Winterfell on the intro map.

    And I don’t think they will drop the “Reek” thing. IIRC, D&D said Theon was their favorite character, so I don’t see them dropping one of the most memorable thing of his plot.

    I’m a bit worried about Stannis’s arc, though. Considering to burn his only daughter and heir is not a thing Stannis would ever do. It could ruin his character, and show viewers could start thinking he wants to wipe out his own family. D&D apparently don’t like Stannis, so that’s the major reason I’m worried about his arc next season. I really, really hope Edric Storm is there as a featured extra.

  56. Ahmed Hassan
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 3:11 am | Permalink

    Question to everyone here :
    I read an interview of Kit Harrington on Digital Spy today .. There he said few things about Season three saying that “this is the most epic season yet” .
    He also said that season 4 is not confirmed yet .
    My question here is that is there any possibility that we won’t get season 4 ? Why he said season 4 isn’t confIrmed yet ?

  57. Macha
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 3:32 am | Permalink

    Lord Damien HEarst: Please Read…….

    I have talked to many fans and everyone agrees that Game of Thrones season 1
    was like if you were actually seeing Westeros and its main characters!
    But Season 2 completely destroid the story of book 2 we were watching characters reading scripts rather than acting! We felt we werent in Westeros but a stage drama and these are
    the main culprits why:

    The dumbest actor who cant act totally missruined Qhorin Halfhands role
    as a Magnificant black brother!

    The overly importance of a whore called Ross and wasting time on her!

    Changing the season 2 so extremely you dont ssee any glimps of the book.

    The only episode i liked was that which was written by george rr martin!

    The question i have will we see the same dumb writers ruining Season 3?

    Yes. Tough luck.

  58. Ash
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 4:46 am | Permalink

    If talisa dies, maybe this is an insight into jeyne in WOW and DOS, maybe there is not much now for her and not carrying robbs child? In the book jeyne may just survive and be given a place at winterfell or go home.

  59. greatjohn
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 5:27 am | Permalink

    I still think Joffrey’s wedding will be in season 3. Otherwise how will all the King’s Landing stuff culminate?
    And its the sort of scene that could be filmed on the quiet. Intirely inside. Closed set.

    And I’m fine with Talisa being at the RW as long as she doesn’t take anything away from Robb and Cat. It’s Robb and Cat’s scene. Their finale.

    I’m fine with their being less battles this season. Season 2 was all building to blackwater. Series 3 should be more about the weddings. However I hope Jon Snow’s arc this season ends in the wilding skirmish attack from south of the wall. That was such a cool chapter of the book with their make-shift defences.

  60. greatjohn
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 6:29 am | Permalink

    Ahmed Hassan,

    It hasnt been confirmed yet but it inevitably will. The announcement is usually made a couple of days after the series first episode airs. If it gets alot of viewers then HBO will be dying for more. After the first ep of series 2, series 3 was confirmed. I would be very surprised if series 4 isn’t confirmed very soon after the season 3 premiere.

  61. ieiazel
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    Mrs. H’ghar,

    Oh, pretty please, let it be #2!!!

  62. Michael
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    Is there any word on whether any of the Freys have been cast, such as Roslin, Lothar or Walder Rivers? I am beginning to fear that they’ve been cut entirely. Roslin is kind of needed, because you can’t have a wedding without a bride. And as for Lothar and Walder, although I can understand why they would be cut, I at least hope that they, as well as Merrett Frey, would be combined into a single character. If those three were combined, it would be quite nice to see Un-Cat have her vengeance on the Frey who acted as a friend, lead them into the trap, and helped plan the whole event.

  63. Joshua Taylor
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    Michael,

    I think Burn Gorman and Richard Brooke are portraying Freys. Just my speculation of course but that’s my feeling.

  64. Winter Is Coming
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    Lord Damien HEarst: The question i have will we see the same dumb writers ruining Season 3?

    Yes.

    Lord Of Lite:
    Has anyone thought that the blonde person who was mentioned a while back as being at the RW might be Lancel sent to see that everything goes as planned?His being haunted by what he witnessed might go a long way to explain his latter actions in the book.A Lannister witness would add a lot of weight scenes in King’s Landing and Jaime’s interaction with him in the book.


    It was confirmed to us by a reliable source that there are no Lannisters present at the RW.

    Kingslayer:
    Winter Is Coming,

    Any news of David Bradley at the RW? I would hope they wouldnt use an extra given his importance.

    He has been spotted on set, so yes.

  65. Deme
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    I might be misremembering, but don’t we have to have Balon die this season…before the RW? I actually kind of expected him to die last season.

  66. Duff Man
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    ieiazel,

    That would be the worst change possible and might make me stop watching the show.

  67. Nancy
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    Mrs. H’ghar,

    I know a lot of fans aren’t down with Talisa but given the fact that she is a made up character gives her a ton of possibility and something for us book readers to speculate about..
    I think all of those suggestions you made for Talisa at the RW are possible. I was also thinking, what if she is captured at the camp outside of the Twins? Then sent to either Kings Landing, where Jaime will use her as Fake Arya, or Roose Bolton will do it directly himself. This would also make Theon’s redemption arc more meaningful, saving Robb’s wife, when that storyline comes along. It would be a way for Theon to “make it up” to Robb. Or she does betray Robb and is sent home to Volantis and runs into either Tyrion, Dany or Arya along the way. Or she does die horribly at the RW.

  68. Al Swearengen
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    Alan,

    Hmm I wouldn’t be keen on that because ASOS covers alot of ground and needs those two seasons.

    Plus the longer we wait for Euron the more likely James Purefoy’s schedule might become free :-)

  69. Quowala
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    Al Swearengen,

    James Purefoy would be amazing! And yeah he’d be perfect as Euron.
    Breaking Bad and Dexter are finishing next year so maybe GOT could bag Michael C Hall and Bryan Cranston at some point. Don’t know who they’d play though…

  70. Caro H
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    I’m not sure. If I had to guess, I would say ep 3 or 4

    Thanks WiC, that made my day!! :D

  71. Jen@House Stark
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Mrs. H’ghar,

    Mrs. H, you crack me up, I love ya!

  72. WildSeed
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    Mrs. H’ghar,

    Umm….. she cuts loose and heads back to………… Volantis ! or her relatives Essos?

  73. Blatant Troll
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    Ros is a literary device that allows insights into the minds of major characters who would otherwise have to break the fourth wall, talk to themselves, or speak to some random extra to provide background information or foreshadowing:

    Four Ros scenes:

    Theon and Ros as she leaves for Kings Landing
    Character insight – Theon likes girls. As if we didn’t get a clue from the brothel scene.
    Achieved purpose – Set up Ros’ appearance in Kings Landing. More screen time for Ros.

    Ros/Daisy? or some other whore/Littlefinger new employee orientation
    Background information – Littlefinger thinks he was done dirty by the Tullys. Sly, secretive, subtle Baelish confides his innermost resentments and feelings to two new hires instead of, say, shouting it on the street corner. Why not have him confide in a long-time business partner, like a Mae West type madame, strong, free thinking, and salacious, who gave young Petyr his start in the pimpin’ biz. We could call her Chataya.
    Achieved purpose – More screen time for Ros.

    Ros/Littlefinger intimidation or employee performance review
    Character insight – Littlefinger is a sadistic, cold, self-serving, and vengeful SOB. We missed those aspects of his character when he whispered in Ned’s ear that he did warn Ned not to trust him.
    Achieved purpose – More screen time for Ros.

    Ros/Varys as a spy headhunter on a recruitment mission
    Future plot foreshadowing – Varys is going use Ros to spy on Littlefinger when he already has a network of Little Birds he trained and used successfully for years. If we needed to set up Varys’ plans to increase his surveillance on Littlefinger, why not a visit from Illyrio Mopatis in which Varys asks for more gold and more Little Birds to infiltrate Littlefinger’s life. Or even more fun, since Varys is playing Fagan with his young spies, use a street smart, smart mouthed Art Dodger assistant for Varys to outline his plans with.
    Achieved purpose – Set up Ros as 007 in Season 3. More screen time for Ros.

    Yes, Ros is an unsuccessful literary device that is both intrusive and self-perpetuating and seems to be ever-expanding. Overuse of this device is indicative of sloppy, lazy writing – taking the easy way out instead of trying for more imaginative approaches.

    I’m through with my Ros rant. I am now waiting for book purist squawks from the Ros lovers and showrunner apologists. But one more pet peeve before I go.

    Where to the showrunners get the balls to write the Red Wedding when they have George fucking Martin available. This is a lose, lose situation for them. If the episode is mediocre, they lose. If the episode is the best mind-blowing, eye-popping, skull-banging event in the history of all television, they lose because everyone is going to wonder how much better it could have been if written by GRRM. The showrunners have developed a misplaced sense of self-confidence over the last two seasons. Hubris is not pretty.

    I’ll go now, not to trouble you guys again until maybe next spring after episode 9 when I could return with a raspberry and a cocky “I told ya so.”

  74. Matthew
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    Will Olenna Tyrell (Queen of Thrones) have a fair amount of material this season? She was barely present in the books; if I recall, she was only in like one or two scenes.

  75. Quowala
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    Blatant Troll,

    1. No one cares about ros. The first time I watched GOT I didnt realise it was the same whore all the way through. Ignore her.

    2. The term show-runner apologists is a new one… didnt realsise we had to apologise for the great showrunners doing a great job…

    3. GRRM didnt want to write the RW episode. D&D have wanted to write is since day 1.

    “The showrunners have developed a misplaced sense of self-confidence over the last two seasons”

    Ummmmm. How is their confidence misplaced? They’ve created one of the best and most sucessful shows on tv. The show is their domain. The books are GRRM’s.

    Also D&D wrote ‘baelor’. No one complained about that!

  76. hashblower420
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    Nancy,

    Eh, or replace the actress instead of deviating from the book further. Lena Heady’s a mediocre Cersei at best anyhow. Could’ve at least read the books to get some insight on what exactly she’d have to through as the character she’s portraying.

  77. hashblower420
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    Quowala,

    Considering how much unwarranted credit D&D get for scenes ripped directly from the book, “misplaced self-confidence” is the perfect way to put it. And the scenes where they clearly did have some input of their own are generally lacking in quality.

    I know, blasphemy. Every deviation is totally magical and awesome and we should all just share the same opinion.

  78. Joshua Taylor
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

    hashblower420,

    Replace Lena Headey? Even her most fervent detractors from season 1 have warmed to her. I understand you have beefs with the series and that’s your prorogrative but it seems to me that your just setting yourself up for disappointment. They are never going to replace Headey.

    If anything D & D have got right for me is that Cersei is no longer the cartoon character that she is in the books.

    Also if you want to have a civil discussion involving season 2 don’t be so eager to label people as show apologists.

    But I’ m not going to argue season 2, it’s a waste of time. Let’s bring on more speculation and hope D and D iron out the wrinkles in season 3.

  79. Winter Is Coming
    Posted October 25, 2012 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    hashblower420:
    Quowala,

    Considering how much unwarranted credit D&D get for scenes ripped directly from the book, “misplaced self-confidence” is the perfect way to put it. And the scenes where they clearly did have some input of their own are generally lacking in quality.

    I know, blasphemy. Every deviation is totally magical and awesome and we should all just share the same opinion.

    It’s posts like these that make it hard to engage in reasoned and rational debate about the show and its quality. When you fall so far into one camp, the other side feels the need to overcompensate in their response, thus giving the impression that they think “every deviation is totally magical and awesome.”

    The real truth lies somewhere in the middle. Not every deviation is totally magical, but there have been quite a few changes or additions that have been very successful and universally praised by fans of book and show alike (Ned saying “Baelor”, Ser Rodrik’s death, Yoren’s backstory, Theon burning the letter, etc.). And others that have been criticized by both sides (Jon’s arc in S2, changes to Cat, Robb and Talisa, etc.).

    The sooner everyone gets out of their world of absolutes (“the show sucks, stick to the books”, “no, the show is amazing!”), and approaches the show with an open mind and a balanced viewpoint, the sooner the discussion will improve.

  80. Quowala
    Posted October 25, 2012 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming,

    Well put I thoroughly agree!

    Has there been any news of them casting Mace Tyrell by the way?

  81. Hear Me Roar
    Posted October 25, 2012 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming,

    Winter speaks for me as well. That’s the approach we try hard to cultivate on this site, please try to oblige.

  82. JonSnowFan
    Posted October 25, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    Mrs. H’ghar:
    Well done WiC! A woman is sorry to have missed your TwitterQ&A but thoroughly enjoyed reading them after. It’s cool that Talisa will be there, now we can speculate on what her role will be for the next 5 months!

    Let’s see if we can come up with a different and unique role for Talisa at the RW every day for the next 158 days.I’ll start with a few that have been mentioned previously to my knowledge:
    Talisa possibilities at the RW
    #1. Talisa gets killed with Robb at the RW;
    #2. Talisa kills Robb at the RW;
    #3. Talisa is taken captive at the RW;
    #4. Talisa goes all ninja and slashes her way out of the RW, making an escape to where??? (OK, a woman made that one up, begs forgiveness);


    Anybody?????????

    If she does end up being at the RW, what I think would be pretty awesome is have her betray Robb, then end up marrying Ramsay Bolton later on as punishment while pretending to be Arya.

  83. ieiazel
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 7:04 am | Permalink

    Duff Man,

    good for you! :)
    I think it would be heartwrenching but quite cool. Anyway, we are not talking about Talisa actually murdering Robb herself, but rather having her informed of Frey’s plans beforehand Talisa’s story so far has been bland, and this could be a redeeming factor. However, I doubt that’s the case here: most probably she will be innocent and they will keep her prisoner


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