There has been much talk of comparing the new HBO series “A Game of Thrones” to another classic series, “The Wire”.
The comparison certainly holds a bit of truth in that “A Game of Thrones”, like the books it is based on, focuses much time on politics, intrigue, and relationships between characters.
I’ve been re-reading the original George R.R. Martin books as I watch the episodes of the new TV series, and can’t help making the comparison myself.
Especially when Cersei Lannister, the devious queen, says something like,
When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.
I’ve been enjoying the show so far but am somewhat unsure of how I feel about the story changes made for the series. When you are trying to adapt hundreds of pages of multiple interwoven storylines for the TV screen, you have to make some tough decisions about what to keep and what to cut. There is an overarching need to tell the story in the most efficient way possible, while taking advantage of the screen to show the action directly. However, there are some changes in the series that don’t seem to be driven by that need for efficiency.
I’ll save you the fanboy rant and just illuminate one of the key changes I noticed.
*** WARNING: SPOILERS FOR THE SERIES AND THE BOOKS BELOW ***