Game of Thrones By the Book: Theon's Horrible Fate and Jaime's Annoying Hair
Alfie Allen | Photo Credits: HBO
Hello, friends and bannermen. Game of Thrones' second episode revealed the fates of several more favorite characters that we didn't have time for in the premiere. That's right, more Starks! How did it match up with the books? How did it differ?
This weekly chat series is for fans of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire books, upon which HBO's fantasy drama is based. It's meant to be a safe haven to discuss spoilers and changes from the novels and how they have played out or will play out in the TV series. Hanh Nguyen and Sadie Gennis are longtime fantasy fans of varying levels of geekiness who will sound off on all things Westerosi (and beyond!).
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[Warning: If you're a Game of Thrones fan who has stumbled upon this chat and haven't read the books yet, begone! Instead, check out our recap of Sunday's episode "Dark Wings, Dark Words" for a spoiler-free discussion.]
Hanh: I loved this episode. So much stuff packed into it. It felt like I got so much more compared to the premiere's slower pace.
Sadie: I agree! I can't believe that all happened in an hour.
Hanh: And of course, Theon lives! We knew that, but that makes it clear that the show is now incorporating the events of Book 5 here, which makes sense timewise.
Sadie: Shh... I haven't read Book 5 yet! No spoilers! No spoilers!
Hanh: Ha, well, unfortunately, the show is going to spoil at least this story line for you. Since of course Theon's fate isn't known in Book 3 yet (except for a piece of his skin being sent to Robb and Catelyn).
Sadie: Or will it? Since they seem to be deviating quite a bit in some aspects. Whether the show follows the book or not, I hope Yara rescues Theon soon because I can't stand more of that torture!
Hanh: Nice X sort of torture frame. I think I saw a spike go through a hand, and some sort of foot crushing device. Since I also watch/cover Spartacus, my stomach is pretty strong about this stuff.
Sadie: I had to watch the scene twice because I kept turning away. I still don't really know what they did to him. I have a bad habit of covering other people's eyes when I get grossed out. A main reason I watch this show alone.
Hanh: But I do feel sorry for Theon!
Sadie: Me too! There's something so pathetic about him that I just love. Unlike Sam Tarly, who I feel zero pity for. Especially in this episode.
Hanh: Right? Ser Piggy is pitiful.
Sadie: Which is odd, because I actually like Sam a decent amount in the books. He wasn't so whiny and had really accepted that he's the worst, which made him bearable.
Hanh: Exactly! Was just about to say that. He didn't make it other people's fault. "You left me." Well, he could have run also!
Sadie: Yes! In the books, when Sam stopped walking. it was because he physically couldn't get up and had accepted death. This was more an emo teenager's cry for help. It was just so... Degrassi.
Hanh: Although John Bradley is a fine actor, I have always felt that the depiction of Sam on the show has always read as very "teen." It's the way he's written.
Sadie: I completely agree. Maybe once he becomes "Sam the Slayer" we'll see a real transformation.
Hanh: While Jon Snow is out there killing his own Night's Watch brother, Sam is feeling sorry for himself. Wah! Didn't that already happen in the books? I'm worried they'll leave the dragonglass thing out.