At New York Comic-Con,a Jerome Flynn, more commonly known as Bronn, told a feverish crowd that the Game Of Thrones Season 4 would be deviating more than usual from the source material. While discussing a fight scene for Bronn that was constructed exclusively for the show, Flynn noted that fans would be “quite surprised” by the changes showrunners D.B. Weiss and Benioff made to George R.R. Martin’s spectacular, bloated epic.
This comes on the heels of one of the most talked about seasons in modern television history. We’ve all been overtaken by Breaking Bad madness, but let us not forget the trauma that was the Red Wedding. Even before that insane episode there was a whole lot of action in season three and many fans (myself included) are eagerly awaiting the commencement of Game Of Thrones Season 4.
I can’t decide if this is good news or bad news. I have read the books (even the plodding monstrosities that are the fourth and fifth works). Knowing how frustratingly muddled the later texts are I think that deviating from those narratives and making the whole story a bit more streamlined is a great idea. You can definitely see Martin figuring out the plot as he’s writing and large chunks of those two books are pretty useless.
At the same time, I’m hoping we don’t lose any of the post Red Wedding fallout from book three. That’s actually my favorite part of the series. A lot of people are hung up on the slaughter, but it’s the ramifications that interest me, and obviously the subsequent mayhem. I’m nervous my favorite scene of the whole series will be deleted. That’d make me a sad panda. Regardless I’m excited to see what Benioff and Weiss will do with this task. They’ve done a great job thus far, so I guess my hopes are high. We’ll all have to tune in and find out.