Honestly I think it's bull shite GRRM left us on that cliffhanger with Jaime. They should have ended it with him confronting Stoneheart regardless of his fate.
Agreed. I can't think of a similar cliffhanger in the entire series other than Jon Snow in ADWD, which makes it even worse because there were TWO huge cliffhangers. It just feels off from the rest of the books. Almost like he wasn't sure which way we he wanted to go yet, so gave himself room to change things up.
That would have been like ending ASOS with The Hound axing Arya
Given the time he takes to write these books, I just really don't think that's fair to us as readers.
I hope the writers condense Brienne's story...I half-assed read her chapters and don't even remember who Nimble Dick was
The whole point of Nimble Dick in the book was just a time killer and a device to show Brienne's internal conflict about making her first kill IMO (aside from some minor novelty background on the area like Crackclaw Point and The Whispers). Dick leading her to the Brave Companions (who aren't even really a factor in the series anyway) and putting Brienne in a kill or be killed situation was the incredibly drawn out point.
But that is all completely irrelevant in the series, as she's already killed several people and showed absolutely no hesitation and didn't seem to have any impact on her whatsoever. The show made it seem like she was already a battle hardened killer.
I'm fine with that, but I just don't think the series can re-create what those chapters were all about in the books, which didn't amount to much anyway. They're going to have to get very creative to give any of that meaning, which is why I think they'll be left out all together.
I think they'll pretty much focus on her time at Maidenpool with Hyle Hunt as a romantic interest, and introducing that badass that is Randyll Tarly (has he been cast yet??) which I think can be very effective if the Hodors can 1) realize that he's Sam's dad and 2) remember how Sam said his father would kill him if he didn't join the Watch.
The Quiet Isle scene is going to be tricky too, because obviously the viewers would recognize The Hound/Gravedigger the second he's shown on screen. If our theories are correct, GRRM better hurry or his big reveal will have the wind taken out of his sails.
And I'm betting her big fight with Rorge and Biter won't even be this season but will be pushed to Season 5. And I have no idea how Gendry will be back with the BWOB to save her as she's being mutilated by Biter. I suppose they could just replace him with Thoros who can then take her to Stoneheart, but I always liked that Gendry, who had been so close to Arya, saved her since she's looking for Arya/Sansa.
Honestly, as good as the series has been with the major POV characters, there is a lot that needs to be sorted out with some of the secondary POVs like Brienne, Davos, Asha, and all the new characters like the Dornish, Iron Islanders, and Connington and Quentin.
Tons of stuff to get to.
This post was edited on 8/29 at 6:06 am