Game of Thrones writer explains those 'arbitrary' book to TV changes

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Dec 17, 2012, 4:24 PM EST

Do you hate some of the changes that were made from the A Song of Ice and Fire books to the Game of Thrones TV Series? Did they cut your favorite book scene or mangle it so much you wanted to throw your TV out the window? Well, Thrones writer Bryan Cogman explains those seemingly "arbitrary" changes from the books.

In a lengthy interview with The Mary Sue, Cogman addressed those "arbitrary" changes:

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.

On the plus side, however, Cogman revealed how much he loves writing certain characters. Especially ... Jaime Lannister, played by Nicolaj Coster-Waldau, in the upcoming and highly anticipated Season three of the hit HBO fantasy series, though he has a hard time saying which one character he truly prefers:

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.

Book readers will know that Aeron Damphair is actually Theon Greyjoy's uncle. The character has yet to appear in the series. Is Cogman hinting that Damphair, who first appears in the second book in the ASoIaF series, A Feast for Crows, may finally make it into season four, perhaps? Now that would be interesting.

How do you like Bryan Cogman's explanation about those "never ... arbitrary" changes made from the books to the TV series?

(via Winteriscoming)