I've heard that GRRM is very close with the HBO production team, even to the point that he's supplied them with the basic plot line of the novels going forward just in case he dies before finishing them.
The show producers already know how GoT will end... mostly. They already know who will be the last on the Iron Throne.
I started reading today from where season 3 left off and god damn just 5 minutes ago! They should have ended the show with what happens 50 pages later.
I don't know why they didn't. However, people who are not reading will absolutely be in with one hell of a GoT S4 premiere next year.
Gonna read everything from the second half of book 3 till 5 now because I am impatient.
You'll be missing out too much imo.
I started from AGoT after finishing season 2 and my opinion is that everyone should start from the beginning. Some events in the books imply so much future events, like Dany in the House of the Undying, she has like 20 different visions there, some of them already came through, some not yet and some are still just theories. Arya encounter with Ghost of High Heart isn't even in the show...
I like the show but books are so much deeper, almost everything indicates of some possible future event.
Bottom line, everyone should start from the beginning.
Arya w/ her first kill. Matter of time before she becomes a certified badass, reuniting w/ Jaquen H'ghar will be helpful I'm sure...
Dany becoming a true force out in Essos...
Ramsay Bolton showing just how psychotic he is, he makes Joffrey look nice and well-adjusted. You throw in his father Roose, who seems to be one deadly man, and you've got yourself one hell of a father/son combo...
Episode wasn't as captivating as the RW obviously but it did a good job of giving a sort of rundown on where everyone was at in their individual plotlines and setting the stage for next season...
Sucks that its over for now though...next year? Shiiit...
Every season finale so far has setup the next season's plot lines. There were a lot of huge events that happened last night:
Jon and Sam are back at Castle Black
Bran made it past the Wall and is headed north to find the Three-Eyed Crow
Arya shanked the fvck out of some dude
Jamie and Brienne made it back to King's Landing, he's finally back to his sister after months/years
Yara Greyjoy is going to attack the Dreadfort and save Theon from the Bolton Bastard after seeing a Dick in A Box
Tywin and Joffrey really went at it for the first time over who has more power
Gendry escaped (this never happens in the book so his story line should be interesting)
Dany is slowly conquering that entire continent and amassing a HUGE army
And the biggest of all: Stannis, his army, Davos, and Melisandre are going to march to the Wall and assist the Night's Watch
You can't expect an event like the Red Wedding to happen every episode. Some spoiled whiners in here.
I pretty much concur. If you have a crazy event every episode that just blows people's minds, eventually they will become expected and old hat. The whole reason the Red Wedding was such a ridiculously emotional payoff was because it took years to build-up to. You don't get that kind of emotional investment in a single scene by killing people off and having crazy wars every week.
I watched the episode for a second time and thought there was a lot of interesting stuff ready to be explored in Season 4. I'm just p!ssed it's over, basically.
The show costs a ton of money to produce relative to other highly acclaimed television series like The Wire, Mad Men, Sopranos, etc. Still, I want more... There is so much story to tell, it could literally be all-year round... At least 13-15 episodes.
Hey has anyone consider that if bran can take over a dumb human like Hodor, he might be able to take over a dragon?
I think there is a catch to his power... I don't think it will be that easy for him. There has to be some form of repercussion or consequences to being able to wield such magic. I haven't read the books but just a hunch.