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Reply to "Game of Thrones [The TV Show Only; Please No Spoilers Based Upon the Books]"

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Originally posted by VinCentric:
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Originally posted by winetarelli:
Happy Father's Day!

The end was a little confusing... how Tyrion wound up there when I though he was on his way to meet Varys... and did Varys know that was going to happen? He certainly figured out some shit went down at the end.

I didn't get why Arya didn't kill the Hound... as his friend.


It'a been a while since I read the books, but IIRC Varys was basically in on helping Tyrion escape and kill his father. They really condensed a lot of what was in the books to wrap up a bunch of story lines in this episode, but as fusion storm says - it's adaptation. It was close enough to the books to be recognizable. As for Arya and the Hound, maybe that was the point, that even though they had shared friendly moments but were not friends. My question would be why she didn't kill him, given that he was on her list - can't remember how the book handled that one.

From here on, I found the story deteriorating in terms of quality in the books. Hopefully the next season(s) improve it with the 'adaptations'. By the last book, I found it not very interesting at all. The show however has kept the pace moving well so far. One adaptation was that we were spared the long tedious descent into the mountain below the tree for the young Stark boy.

I get why Arya didn't accede to the Hound's demand/request/plea. She knew that his "friendship" was not exactly genuine, and that with the ransom from her aunt off the table, she could be jettisoned by him quite quickly. Plus, she was aware that he had an infection from being bitten previously, and with his multiple wounds incurred in what looked to be a pretty remote and rugged area, the likelihood that he would suffer until his demise was what she preferred over a quick "prick" from her Needle.

There's also the "symmetry" aspect of the brothers Clegane both in grave condition with an unclear outlook of their continued existence going into next season.

As for Varys, he's always been pretty intuitive. Tangibly, he's presented with a Tyrion who's scratched up, bloodied and probably sweating/shaking from the adrenaline of killing two people he was so close with. Intangibly, Varys probably had been pacing for some time expecting Tyrion to show up a bit quicker than when he finally knocked twice. Varys had to have known something had happened from when Jaime had said Tyrion would show to when Tyrion did actually show up.
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