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Sorry for the unintended spoiler.
Theon disappeared until book 5, and then it was half the book until his true identity was revealed.
This is another situation that works in books, but wouldn't on TV. If he just appeared a few years from now in the show he'd be easily recognizable, and the mystery wouldn't make sense. I like what they're doing instead. Kinda like the Untold Tales of Westeros. And they're really developing a great new villain.
I was pretty much expecting to see Ser Barristan as soon as they showed the recaps of Season 1 & 2 at the top of the show. They very deliberately showed the scene where Ser Barristan quit the King's Guard in Season 1. The whole Dany storyline was very compressed, as well. But all in all, it worked.
The scene between Tywin and Tyrion was easily the best acted scene of the episode. Peter Dinklage and Charles Dance play these roles amazingly well! And I definitely appreciated when Cersei said that she had heard that Tyrion had lost part of his nose in the Battle of the Blackwater. It was a good nod to fans of the books who may have taken umbrage to Tyrion's wounds not being more severe.
I'm also a little puzzled by the developments in Astapor with Dany. I recall that Ser Barristan Selmy had disguised himself for some time as "Arstan Whitebeard" in the book, and had been accompanied by Strong Belwas. However, I think the disguised Ser Barristan worked far better in the book than it does on screen. A beard and a cloak don't really serve as much of a disguise for the viewing audience.
Good call. At first I thought it would be a little too convenient for them to run into him on a supply run - but it makes a lot more sense considering they went back to Rick's ground zero.
So on to the previews for next week... Anyone think the "shooter" in the preview for next week is Morgan from Season 1? He's got to come back sometime??
I wasn't sure where else to post this, but when my wife was looking up the video to Gotye's 'Somebody I used to know', I happened to notice this gem as a suggestion:
'The Star Wars that I used to Know' parody song.
My favorite lyric, 'Have your friends direct your movies and they'll turn out better!'
Hmmm. I was thinking of picking up the Lannister version, but I wanted to find out if there was a Stark or Baratheon version first. But now I may just get the regular Blu Ray / DVD / Digital copy version.