It is a truth universally acknowledged that a book to TV/movie adaptation cannot fully be true to the original literary work on which it's based or loosely adapted from, right? Same can be said for HBO’s Game of Thrones, which is adapted from George R. R. Martin’s still-ongoing epic masterpiece A Song of Ice and Fire.
Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings (and The Hobbit), The Chronicles of Narnia — just to name a few — these fantasy giants have all suffered or been improved by their adaptation to the big screen. And in the case of Game of Thrones, let’s just say there have been *ahem* artistic choices *ahem* or liberties taken with certain characters and/or specific storyline threads that have been ignored or significantly modified or simply be done away with for XYZ reasons.
And not always for the best.
Martin addressed those issues in an interview with Amazon’s Omnivoracious Blog.
RAR: There do seem to be an increasing number of deviations from the books — not so many in Season 1 but more in Season 2…
GRRM: I think that’s a process that’s likely to continue, and some of that is just the nature of the process. I mean, when you make… Everything is related to everything else. So, if you make a small change in Season 1, it could lead to a really big change in Season 4 because the thing that was supposed to happen didn’t happen and the guy who was supposed to come in never appeared and it was just a line in that book but now you’re in this later season and you don’t have him set up. So, everything gets magnified and you have to deal with it.
Basically, this is George R. R. Martin’s nice way of saying that the Game of Thrones showrunners may have screwed themselves into a tight little corner with some of their artistic decisions.
Yep. They may just have.