Would anyone have had so much disrespect for Catelyn Stark to send Littlefinger to her baring Eddard Stark's bones? Not in George R. R. Martin's written series, "A Song of Ice and Fire," they wouldn't. That's just one of the differences encountered this week.
Check out some more below and be sure read the official TV Fanatic "Garden of Bones" review by Matt Richenthal.
Sansa got off lightly
We witnessed some pretty wicked field surgery while her brother, Robb, was at war, completely at the whim of the screenwriters, as they highly lightened the sentence Sansa suffered at the hands of her "love" Joffrey. Not only was she more severely beaten in the novel, she was also smashed over the head with a melon in an attempt by her man to humiliate her rather than hurt her, thus saving her from Joffrey's wrath.
Tyrion did save the say, and cared for a severely wounded Sansa in the Tower of the Hand, again showing her the utmost care and compassion.
Given Tyrion's love of whores, he would have never submitted the two to Joffrey at that particular time. It was a wonderful way to extend just a bit more hatred for the boy king, as if we hadn't already had our fill. I found it an interesting choice to go lightly on Sansa and save the pain for the fallen ladies. Was that done to give the audience a break? Perhaps a belief that Martin wrought too much upon the Stark girls and another way to show Joffrey's tyranny was in order.
The Garden of Bones
The phrase was never used in the books. Interesting, no? While the idea was made clear, Qarth (am I the only one who thinks this word must be added to the Word With Friends dictionary?) only allowed those to enter from whom they could pluck their very life, it was never uttered.
As Dany's story continued to change, she was denied entrance to Qarth upon arrival. How would the city have become the Garden of Bones if they had played at such games? Part of the ease of creating said bones was their false hospitality, given without a fight. Dany didn't have to fight to get her people inside as the gate was opened willingly and anxiously upon her arrival. But the television Daenerys has had to fight even to be fooled.
Not my Tyrion
As I said earlier, my Tyrion would never disrespect Catelyn Stark so much as to send the creepy Littlefinger, a louse of a man with an incurable crush on Catelyn, to impart Eddard's bones to her. Tyrion did ensure Ned's bones made their way to Catelyn, but not by Littlefinger's hand. It rather disgusts me that this route was chosen. It didn't bear well for the character of Tyrion, and it did nothing to endear us to Baelish. What was the point?
That was a letdown
For all the build up of the meeting between Stannis and Renly, it was barely a blip on the screen. I found that a bit disappointing as the confrontation in the book had a lot more to offer other. For example, it was then that Catelyn first learned of the possibility that Cersei's children were born by incest, and that Lysa's claim Jon Arrryn was killed at her hand might be true. What is to come would be more harrowing had their conversation lasted just a bit longer.
Hit the comments to tell me what inconsistencies you found. What did you think about Arya and Gendry? Did I get anything wrong? Will anything that changed tonight impact what's ahead? Thanks for reading!
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