Peoux wrote:The problem is the amount of material they have to compress into just 10 episodes. They are being very true to the books, I'm really impressed by that. But I have to say I agree with those who haven't read the books - there are a number of characters being introduced in a very compressed and unclear manner.
I concur that the massive amount of compression makes things very difficult for the show. I don't really agree that they did a poor job with these characters' introductions, though. Not everything needs to be perfectly clear after a single episode. Melisandre *should* be mysterious at this point. This isn't a show that spoon-feeds every aspect of each situation to the viewer on a silver platter. I think it's a better show for that.
However, on the Cressen-Melisandre poison scene, it was quite clear to those paying attention. The Dragonstone section began with Melisandre burning the gods and Cressen speaking out about how and why she needed to be stopped. Then a few minutes later he tries to stop her, and this is confusing?
Not all stories are made for casual, pay-half-attention viewing. This is one that's certainly not. As such, it's going to lose some people, some will follow the main storyline and have the finer points go over their heads, and some will put the requisite amount of attention in--along with perhaps checking out the interactive features and/or viewer's guide
--and will catch nearly everything that's going on. I don't mean for this to sound condescending and I'm not intending to put anyone here in these buckets. But I've been watching the show with enough real-life non-bookers to know that the problems being described here are a function of the level of investment the viewer has in the show, not of the show itself. I'd rather have the show we have, and risk losing some folks, than to dumb it down and have an HBO version of Legend of the Seeker.