I get swapping Gendry for Edric. It does make it a bit more interesting. Guess I like the Mel / Arya meeting, too. It isn't the first time that they changed something from the book that added a little foreshadowing to future books. They made significant changes to Dany's visions in the house of the undying that could be seen as hints to Dany and John ending up together (which Is where I think this eventually goes). I was already thinking that Mel would bring John back early in the next book, and the part with her seeing Berric and Thoros just added to that. My question isn't does she bring him back, it's was this planned from the beginning to allow John to leave the night's watch and go to Winterfell. If he's dead, his watch has ended.
This post was edited on 5/9 at 1:33 am