Writing a column is very much like being a parent. You conceive it, you nurture it, you bring it to life. Whenever I cross the last T and put in the last period, I send it off to my editor and shed a metaphorical tear or two.
I feel the same way each week that I did the first time I let go of my child’s hand and sent her off to pre-K. You would think that after all these years it would get easier, but it never does.
True, a column is not a child, and Not for Nuthin™ is never going to win a Peabody or a Pulitzer, but it is my special little one and I don’t like change.
So what does this have to do with the season finale of Game of Thrones?
What were you thinking George RR Martin? Game of Thrones is your little one. Why on earth would you allow anyone to change your offspring?
I realize that a certain amount of editing is good for the story, just as a bit of letting go is good for the child, but I would never allow more than a tweek or two of my column and I just don’t understand how Martin did. Maybe I’m just overprotective and maybe it is a mom thing, I don’t know, but I find it hard to believe that he would idly sit by and allow the suits to make the changes that they did and not have a gut wrenching moment or two of saying, “No you won’t. Not with my baby.”
Not unless he sold out for a bit of Westeros gold
Don’t misunderstand — I enjoy the blood, guts, and gore as much as the next GoT fan, and if you got to kill them off, by all means do it— Valyrian steel is still the best way to part a fool and his head— but changing who killed who or not killing who is just plain wrong. It changes the character that the author took the pains to develop.
Now I ask you George, why did you allow Arya Stark to not put a merciful end to Cregor Clegane? Why did she ride away into the sunset? That single change put a whole new spin on her development. Here she is, as adept at using Needle to her advantage, thanks to Cregor, as Cregor is to cleaving anyone’s skull from a shoulder, and yet you allowed her to ride away, without giving Cregor a merciful end. A truly loving moment taken away from Arya.
But not all is lost, and even though I disagreed with the whole Arya, Clegane, and Tyrion thing, I did agree with Tywin Lannister taking his last on the chamber pot. It was a fitting end.
Not for Nuthin™, George, don’t let them change any more. And can we speed up finishing the last book already. Winter has reached the North.
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