Game of Thrones: A Novel Approach to "The Prince of Winterfell"

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There wasn't a lot to cheer about this week on Game of Thrones and even "The Prince of Winterfell" was overshadowed by his sister which, let's face it, isn't hard to do.

TV Fanatic's official review, by Matt Richenthal, breaks down "The Prince of Winterfell" in detail. There was plenty of deviation from the books, and in my latest edition of A Novel Approach, I examine how that worked (or didn't).

Be warned: Spoilers are ahead...

The deaths of Bran and Rickon were the catalyst to two things in the books, Robb falling in love (or having sex) and Catelyn releasing Jaime with the hopes of at least retrieving her daughters alive.

However, word hasn't even reached Robb's camp yet and the play has begun. That seems okay to me for a couple of reasons.

GoT Novel Approach

First, Robb deserved to fall into love in a traditional manner, and he has done that with Talisa. I wish the production crew would remember women watch the show as well as men, and show a bit of man ass instead of fully naked women on top of partially clothed women. Just sayin'.

Second, Jaime needed to remain active in the second season and moving things forward a bit faster did just that. Plus, the relationship between he and Brienne was very engaging in the books and I look forward to seeing it played out on screen.

I'm unsure as to why they even bothered with the three minute Dany scene at the end. Especially since Jorah had the gall to tell her to leave her dragons behind. Who is that man? He's certainly not the Jorah that unwaveringly supported Dany in the novels. Without her dragons, Dany is just a girl. He, most of all, would know that. Two episodes to go and we haven't gone into the House of the Undying yet. I'm sticking with my guess that if we do, she'll walk in a door, and come out with Drogon on her shoulder, "saved" by him. Story shredded.

Still stumbling along the snowbanks, but at least Halfhand is trying to let Jon know that he is going to have to kill him to prove himself to the wildlings. Jon doesn't seem to understand what is happening, quite yet, but Ygritte does. The scene was too short to explain much if you didn't already have the background knowledge behind you done by reading.

They Tyrion and Bronn scene was played just beautifully. It was a case of not giving a hoot of whether it was from the books or a script because it was so incredibly entertaining. They seemed like they were married and it's how I always imagined they would act. But, this Bronn is much more intelligent than the street smart Bronn of the books. I loved that he corrected Tyrion's pronunciation of a name and they continued on as if were normal fare. Brilliant scene.

Jaqen and Arya also played out very well, "A girl has no honor." She wanted so badly for him to go after Tywin, knowing it she had waited too long, that she named Jaqen himself. The look on his face was priceless and that he would have considered it tells a lot of his honor. 

Finally, Yara's character was given artistic license in her conversations with Theon but they were well worth the telling. Bringing up his actions as a baby especially pleased me, as did her argument that killing the Stark boys when they were the best cards they had was lovely. Anything to make Theon look like the idiot he is works for me. One thing I didn't notice, does Theon know his men didn't kill the actual Starks or is he still in the dark?

Share your thoughts, as I know you will, in the comments, and let us know what you are looking forward to seeing in the last two episodes. 


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I love the characters of Arya, Tyrion and Robb Stark!!


I love, love, love the scenes with Tywin & Arya. I've been a fan of Charles Dance since "A Jewel in the Crown." Terrific actor as is Maisie and I like the humanization it's brought to Tywin.


Now Jon looks like like an idiot for getting captured, at least he Ygritte go in the books so Ygritte owed him a bigger favor later.


@Barbara Stoner * The Jaime thing is tough because, while I do agree that it makes him seem more overtly ruthless than the books did, remember he pushed a boy out of a window with the intent of killing him in cold his ruthlessness was pretty much established at the beginning. (Funny how people seem to forget he did that) His killing of the Karstark boy at this point instead instead of the battle awhile ago gives the viewer a sense of his immediate danger via retribution by Lord Karstark. * I'm not sure we're skipping Riverrun, I think we just may see it delayed until season 3. If Jaime's story is to remain close to what's in the books, Riverrun comes into play later. I could see Riverrun being introduced early in season 3 in the lead up to the Red Wedding. * I don't feel that Talisa is playing a long con, although I still don't understand why they felt the need to change her identity from the books. Who knows maybe Talisa is a spy, betrays Robb to Tywin, and Jeyne will show up in the last episode to care for him like in the books. ::shrugs::


(This is the novel-readers page, right?) I didn't like Jaime killing the Karstark kid in the cell. In the book, he killed both the Karstark boys in battle, not cold-bloodedly to escape. I see we are skipping Riverrun entirely. I was a bit bothered by the setup of the scene with Brienne and Jaime. His hands were tied, but in front of him. She kept moving around, bending over next to the river, in armor, in front of him - he could have pushed her in the river. I think it was sloppy staging. And is Talisa playing a long game of betrayal? Or is this true love that will play out in the same way?


Hmmm... I've not read the books so I don't have that perspective. I understand fully why Cat (right or wrong) would have Jamie removed from the camp right away. Not sure if she is definitely having him taken to King's Landing or if perhaps she gave Brienne orders to take him someplace neutral and safe... away from Kharstark and any others that would kill him. She has to protect him if she ever wants to get her Sansa back. I'd like to think that if Robb were in reach she could've gone to him with the plan, but since he wasn't there it was move Jamie or possibly lose him.


Theon is not in the dark, he attempted to pay off the farmer "for his troubles". He knows full well who he burned..


I think this episode was amazing. All the characters played their parts beautifully, especially Peter dinklage. The Jaime story will develop over time, it I'd just setting it up, they don't need to give away so much at once. I think robb's story of how he fell in love is not rushed but rather in depth considering how no time was given to it in the book. The closing scene in winterfell I found especially moving.


The show has always delivered even for those that haven't read the books however, this most recent episode I felt the need to see what others were saying because some things just didn't add up or... did I miss something? Catelyn releasing Jamie... I couldn't understand why she chose to do something so drastic all of a sudden (even with the lines of apparent explanation) however, if the news was received that her sons were killed by Theon - understandably, she'd do whatever she thought she could to at least save herself from also losing her daughters. Jon's scenes didn't add up to anything for me until I read this review. They just seemed to be fillers with looks exchanged. Now I see where this is going for him (imagine light bulbs turning on!) Otherwise, Arya's and Tyrion's scenes were the highlight of this week's episode. Also... so many opinions about how quickly they got Robb and Talisa together but each to their own on that one I suppose.


I wish the production crew would remember women watch the show as well as men, and show a bit of man ass instead of fully naked women on top of partially clothed women. Just sayin'.
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yeap

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Game of Thrones Season 2 Episode 8 Quotes

I will hurt you for this. A day will come when you think you are safe and happy, and your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth. And you will know the debt is paid.

Tyrion Lannister

Has anyone ever told you you're as boring as you are ugly?

Jaime Lannister