For fans of Game of Thrones – The House of the Undying and Serious Repercussions
When adapting a book into the visual medium, there are items that need to be cut. It’s as simple as that. Usually the first thing to go is internalized dialogue (e.g. The Hunger Games) and Game of Thrones is no stranger to that. In the first season of Game of Thrones, information which many fans consider to be the most important subtext in the books is cut in the scenes of Ned Stark’s imprisonment. This internal dialogue and memory could have been shown in flashback and I wonder how later events of the series will progress without this information (or how they will communicate it in the future). What’s more interesting (and increasingly relevant as we approach the premiere of Season 3) is what happened in Season 2 Episode 10, “Valar Morghulis,” as Daenerys Targaryen entered the House of the Undying in search of her stolen dragons and the prophetic visions not shown in the series.
So let’s summarize Dany’s exploits in the episode. She gets the tower and enters the House of the Undying. She first goes through a door that takes her to the Throne room in King’s landing. The ceiling is demolished and the winter snow is falling all around the Iron Throne. While she feels called to sit upon the throne, the call of her stolen dragons breaks her away and takes her beyond the gate of the Wall. As she walks through the thick snow, she comes across the tent where she gave birth (from Season 1) wherein she sees the dead Drogo and her stillborn child. They romanticize for a bit and she leaves again at the call of her dragons who she finds in the next room, chained to a stone table. Pyat Pree (the creepy looking priest) starts taunting Dany, chains her up, and threatens to imprison her forever. Then Dany sets her dragons on the guy and he falls down in dragon fire. None of this is terribly prophetic and while the moment with Drogo is quite touching, the whole scene is very inconsequential.