God... Just saw the latest episode, and it is SO slow.
I had not heard about them wanting to stop in the middle of book 3. I think that's a mistake, seriously. Right now, there is just NOTHING happening in those episodes.
I mean, since the beginning of season 3, what significant events have happened?
Jaime got his hand cut off, Daenerys bought her Unsullied, and Sansa got married to Tyrion. Really, I don't know if there was anything else, but I can think only of those two things.
Oh, but we had plenty of pointless "sassy"/"venomous" dialogue scenes that were cool but also repetitive, and lasted 30 seconds before moving to something else, plenty of invented material, plenty of Theon torture scenes and just in case we don't get it yet, more of the "Joffrey is a sick bastard" scenes.
I think the biggest problem I have, is that in addition to having the impression that every episode I've seen so far was a "transitional" episode, I also have the impression that they have lost any sense of pace.
The latest episode was slightly better, they did leave a couple of characters aside(no Jaime, no Brienne, no Jon, no Robb or Catelyn).
But we still had too many small bits of scenes.
Arya & The Hound is an awesome passage, we need to spend more time on this, or else keep it for the next episode. Same for Sam and the Other, why give us 2 minutes of Sam and Gilly in the last episode, and come back to them for 2 more minutes in this one (and for one rather important event)?
I mean, I don't know shit about making movies, but even I can see that this pacing is complete crap. There is potential in this series for great tension, but if you don't let the tension build up, then it's just a succession of scenes that lead you painstakingly towards yet another dramatic season finale.
Oh, and for once, there was one sex scene I would have liked to see, that Daario/Dany scene, and for once, they didn't show it! Are they doing this just to bug me or what?
I know!! It's disturbing enough in the book and there it's only referred to in thoughts.
I saw a little interview with the producers and they were laughing about how much they were enjoying these torture scenes.
I just don't understand why they think it's necessary to have all these made up scenes and why they change the characters. I have a feeling we are going to see major departures from the book.
Thankfully, I just fast forward through the torture scenes.
They have already departed from the books A LOT.
I don't mind torture scenes per se. What I do mind, is when they are unnecessary. Your quote about the producers having a blast because there are torture scenes is just confirming what I already felt: they are trying to add more and more sex and violence just "for the thrills."
And you can just feel how unnecessary they are. This is what bothers me. The show is looking cheaper and cheaper. In French we have a word for that, "racoleur" (the dictionnary says the English is "lurid", but I don't think there is any adequate translation). That's what you say when a show just keeps putting in pointless shocking stuff just to attract casual viewers.
Well, in other words, I still love Game of Thrones, but I am disappointed in this 3rd season.
I have started watching The Borgias, I was afraid it would be very cheap (since the Borgias have such a black legend around them...), but actually, I'm loving it. Amazing cast, great dialogues, AND a good sense of pacing! I don't know if I'm the only one who thinks that, but for now, I'd say that even though Game of Thrones season 1 was awesome, The Borgias seasons 1 & 2 >> Games of Thrones seasons 2 & 3. I'll see very soon if they could maintain the quality in season 3 or if they are heading the same way as Game of Thrones.