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Game of Thrones book fans may have been left confused by season 2′s drastic changes to the plot. Read story editor Bryan Cogman’s thoughts on the matter!

The Mary Sue did an excellent interview with Cogman a few days ago in which the story editor opens up about his favourite characters and plotlines, and explains why the HBO series had to change a few things that readers of the A Song of Ice and Fire saga may have been surprised by.

Notably, he notes some characters that appeared in the books which were left out of the series, justifying the omissions by saying that if they had left everything in, there wouldn’t have been enough time to give the main stories their due. Cogman says, “I know some die-hard book fans are upset that, say, Jeyne Poole is gone — but how would they have liked a version of the story that omitted Daenerys? Or half the Stark children? Or Jon Snow’s entire storyline?” He goes on to say that, had they gone ahead with their original plan to adapt the series into movies rather than 10-episode TV seasons, this would have happened to a far greater extent.

But the series not only omits characters, it also makes significant changes to the plot. “There is never a single change on this show that’s ‘arbitrary,’” Cogman insists. “Every change is debated and discussed at length and there’s always a good reason — be it creative, budgetary, etc. D&D [Benioff & Weiss] make decisions in the adaptation based on what’s best for the show. Of course, I’d love everyone to love every bit of the series, but you can’t please everyone all the time.”

On who he most enjoys writing in the series, Cogman says, “I had a great time writing Theon in season 2 and I’ve really enjoyed writing Jaime in season 3. And I always like writing for the kids.” He also teases a future character: “There’s a character I love from the books — Aeron Damphair, who we haven’t seen on the show yet, but it’d be fun to get a crack at him. We’ll see.”

Book fans, have you accepted the changes and omissions the series has made so far, or do you think they’re shooting themselves in the foot in some instances (as with, say, the prophecy) as far as future plot developments go?

Read the full interview with Bryan Cogman on The Mary Sue! And thanks to Game of Owns for bringing this to our attention.

  • antonia31

    Awesome! I really loved the development of Theon in season 2, so if they write Jamie similarly well, I’m sure it will be great. Honestly, I’d love to see him become the main focus in season 3.

    Morally ambiguous characters for the win.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1539510329 Katy Latham

    I think in general they are doing a great job with everything. I can live without Jeyne Poole!

    As for the prophecy, while it is incredibly important, I could see that showing it (rather than just reading it in the books) could really spoil some future events, plus it would mean that they would’ve needed to film those particular events a couple of years in advance. I think that most of the decisions they’ve made can be worked around if need be.

  • charlton

    I think they are doing a good job,and if this season follows the book at all it will be great.

  • http://twitter.com/TokoMasho Matthew Potter

    I thought Aeron Damphair was in the show briefly, or at least shown. Isn’t he the uncle of Theon’s who “baptized” him when he went back to Pike?

    • http://hypable.com Selina

      Yeah, that’s him. I am not a fan of his at ALL but I can see why he’d be interesting to write.

  • Abi

    no, I thought season 2 was brilliant even though I was alittel confused as it didn’t follow the book as much as the first did haha I still lovede it :p

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