The Mary Sue has a new interview with Game of Thrones writer Bryan Cogman, where they talk about the Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones book, as well as the show in general. A couple answers from the interview that I found interesting:
On his favorite character to write for:
BC: Very hard to choose — I’ve been living with them for so long, I have great affection for all of them (and the actors who portray them). I had a great time writing Theon in Season 2 and I’ve really enjoyed writing Jaime in Season 3. And I always like writing for the kids. There’s a character I love from the books — Aeron Damphair, who we haven’t seen on the show yet, but it’d be fun to get a crack at him. We’ll see.
On some of the (seemingly) arbitrary changes from the books:
BC: With all due respect to the fans, there is never a single change on this show that’s “arbitrary”. Every change is debated and discussed at length and there’s always a good reason — be it creative, budgetary, etc. D&D [Benioff & Weiss] make decisions in the adaptation based on what’s best for the show. Of course, I’d love everyone to love every bit of the series, but you can’t please everyone all the time.
Winter Is Coming: Sounds like we should get some good Jaime scenes this season! Oh, and Bryan is a Damphair fan? Didn’t even realize those people existed… Lastly, I really like his answer about the changes. Too often I think certain fans are quick to condemn a change without really trying to figure out why they made the change. Whether you agree or disagree with the reasoning or the ultimate decision, at least acknowledge that the writers are doing their best to make a successful adaptation.