Game of Thrones > Producers React to Game of Thrones Shocker: They Killed Off Who?!? > Comments Page 3
as i said before, its cool to follow the books, but do so at a high risk of losing a lot of viewers. a tv audience is a completely different animal than a book audience. tv viewers like their main characters to stick around. not die every other episode. thats why i think season 2 will be the last. people will get tired of constant character changes. not to mention the surviving characters are to un-entertaining to carry the show
the real problem with killing ned off is that now we'll never figure out john snow's mama....
I'm not sure how HBO is going to keep thier viewers as the story rolls on... they literaly kill off every character that you could become attached too in the books and are left with the Lanisters, and the kids... To be honest the next two books become very long winded
I would have been stunned if they hadn't killed Ned Stark.
It would have changed every plot line in the book and made everything different.
You would have avoided the risk of alienating viewers who have never read the book by alienating all the viewers who have read the books.
At any rate, they would no longer be able to call it Game of Thrones by G.R.R.Martin because it would cease to be A Song of Ice and Fire.
It's quite silly to not watch this excellent show because a certain actor, who is playing a FICTITIOUS character, who's character dies in order to keep the story moving.
I didn't start watching this series because Sean Bean is in it.
He is a good actor, but let's keep the character in mind here.
Ned was a rather weak figure in this story. He had opportunities to take a stand, but the writer decided that the choices the character made fit the story. Ned's character was flawed from the start. He has a son from an affair. His wife doesn't like Ned's son, solely because he represents and reminds her of her husbands, Ned Stark, of that affair. She too is flawed.
How can she judge this kid coming in to that world due to his fathers indiscretion?
But, that's part of the story too. This story is full of characters with flaws, yeah just like real life.
Since Ned Stark is not the actual "hero" in this story, then his death is simply tragic within the story itself, and nothing more.
the biggest problem i see for the future of the show is filling sean beans shoes. as of now, there are no characters on the show that can carry it. all the cool characters die. HBO should remember there is a difference between a TV audience and a book audience. TV viewers like characters they can get behind, so i see where the outrage is coming from. i really don't think the show will survive another season.
Well....they promised to bring "Borormir" back in later episodes of "Lord of the Rings" too...they even filmed the scenes with Sean...but alas: he ended up on the cutting-room floor and stayed dead and gone forever! I wish they would take unknown actors to play these characters, so when they have to die, it won't be so upsetting!
Well....they promised to bring "Borormir" back in later episodes of "Lord of the Rings" too...they even filmed the scenes with Sean...but alas: he ended up on the cutting-room floor and stayed dead and gone forever!
I wish they would take unknown actors to play these characters, so when they have to die, it won't be so upsetting!
hey maybe they will have flash back sceens with him in some of the later episodes. I would go into more detail but don't want to post spoilers.
Since I am an avid fan of Sean Bean and had notions of getting HBO installed, so I could watch him in another "good guy hero- role"... I won't have to do that anymore... because once again he's been killed off...I wonder why he takes these roles knowing he won't be left standing in the end!
"Au revoir" Sean, please make sure the next time you accept the part of a real hero,a rare commodity these days.... you won't be prematurely pierced by arrows or get your head chopped off...in this horrible world of ours we need to believe, that good guys CAN finish first! We have been saturated with "bad-asses" far too long! Won't be watching "Game of Thrones" anymore...
Yeah, when I read the book I was disappointed when Ned died. That's a sign of good character development. You care. Trust me, others pick up the slack. The bigger questions are, provided the series continues, will they merge books 4 & 5?? and if GRRM can finish writing the final installment before the tv series catches up???
I don't understand why people are getting mad? I mean, we should be thankful that they are following the books. I haven't read them yet but I plan to before next season. I hope they get to finish the series and not stop after season 2.. That would just suck wouldn't it? Anyways, back to his character being killed off. It happens, it sucks, but there are so many other stories just waiting to be told with this series and I for one, cannot wait. Anyone know when the second season is going to air?
Does anyone know if Osha is a re occurring role? I love who plays her and thats why I started watching, and Im glad I did!!
Really?? You people are angry that a main character dies??? Life is not full of "heroes" winning the day, as a matter of fact Ned was criminal in believing that everyone has Honor and integrity, put yourself in Cersai's shoes, here is a powerful person who is a threat to her children, and do NOT force your modern day cultural values onto a fictional midevil environment. Incest was a viable and prefered method of keeping royal bloodlines pure only 250 years ago. regardless of how the children were concieved, Ned was a threat and had to be eliminated. he lives then there is absolutely no story beyond season 1.
Yeah, I was reading this other book. It was divided into two parts, testaments I think. I was upset at that one too when they killed off the main character.
SO most of you are saying even tho the story was made from the novels do not follow them or you will hurt our feelings. That is just crazy. Your saying the show wont be good without Sean. How do you know. You have no idea whats coming.
And while they may alienate some, they would have lost way more viewers if they didn't follow the books.
So to those who can't take this dark of a story, I apologize but this isn't a Disney feature. This Is G.R.R.Martins world and he will and does kill off fan favorites.
How selfish is it that you would want to change someone else s story. Would you change Shakespeare, Tolkien, or any other classics.
Its OK to get mad but get mad at the Characters not the people who are just showing you the story as it is writen.
I was so upset at the end of the first book much like the viewers who are posting thier rage now. So i understand and still to this day i wish he lived. Eddard Stark was such an important Character to form the rest of th story they had to use an amazing actor. If you were not out raged by his death than you would never feel the way the other members of his family feel and not bond with them in thier grief. The girl who played Arya did amazing in Baelor. I love her character. the reason the books are so good is because you feel the emotions of the characters. I wasn't sure i wanted to keep reading the books after the first but glad i did. keep watching.
Geeze people pick up the book and read the series. Can't believe how many people are upset on Sean Bean killed off. If they wouldv'e changed a major part like that. There would be a outrage on the people who read the books. Some fan favorites do get the axe but the story gets better and continues. Book 3 has a hell of a cliff hanger ending. Just be warned George rr Martin is slow putting out his books. If the series continues they may catch up to him.
I began to read the books even before the show was made and i understand why he had to die( but believe me i wanted him to live).
But if he had lived the story wouldn't go on... Please keep watching cause even with his death the story is amazing.
I agree book or no book, he was the show. you always wanted him to win. now that he's dead I dunno.... show doesn't feel the same. ill continue to watch but if you kill off tyrion and jon snow im done with the show. no point watching it if you aren't liking the characters.
It has been stated, over and over again--do not get attached to the characters. While we, as an audience tend to invest ourselves in the characters, it's a pretty well-known fact--among GRRM's fans--that no one is safe in this saga.
If you haven't read the books--you ARE missing a treat. Do you need to read them to enjoy the series? Probably not. However, your enjoyment of the series will be very much enhanced, after you familiarize yourself with the source material.
This isn't network crime/soap drama, even though enough happens to fill seasons worth of soapy plots. This series isn't meant to be a starring vehicle for an actor, but we will continue to see big names come--and go--because the saga is THAT revered that people want to be a part of it, even if they are going to lose their head...
I kind of agree with the producers which is that the unfortunate death of a major character (Sean Bean knew well in advanced that his character was going to die always!) is the advantage of bringing new talent and stronger characters to the show.
A funny homage to the LOTR similarities is to bring in "David Wenham" from Australia to complete the Denethor brothers collection.
Possible character? Maybe the Tyrell brothers? Or more appropriately the eldest of the Baratheon family: Stannis Baratheon.
The problem with the logic of the producers and the other posters who have read the books, a vast majority of the audience, myself included haven't read the books! I am sorry I didn't know is was a prerequisite to read the books to be a fan of the show!
Now I get that they are following the books here is where it fails...first off Sean Bean is a known name and a reason I wanted to watch the show and a reason for a lot of viewers to watch the show.
Second they hyped his character from the very beginning aka the main character! People get invested in the main character of the show and you just killed off your main character and a fan favorite in the first season! You are going to lose viewers..plain and simple!
Some people could really careless about the books...they want a good show to watch. So viewers have a right to be angry and question the logic of this decision regardless if they read the books or not!
I agree that killing off Sean Bean seems like shooting oneself in the foot... I think it would have been better to find Sean Bean a character in George Martin's pantheon that survives the first three seasons and make him a POV character...
Book or no book, they have certainly alienated me from the series.
I only start to read the book when I heard the series was being produced. So I am kindda a new reader.
So when I read that Ned being killed I thought they wouldn't do this, it is a mistake to kill the biggest star on the show. But then I read the second, third and fourth, I started to understand why he should be dead. And to be honest, I am even looking forward to the Ned's excution.
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