There is this weird thing that happens when you read a book before seeing its movie or TV show…you end up utterly disappointed. And not just disappointed in the “oh, she’s supposed to have silver hair and instead it looks just…white” sense, but in the “wait, WHAT? Is this really supposed to be the face of my favorite character for the next FIVE SEASONS?!”
This is exactly what happened to me with the Game of Thrones television show.
I’m a HUGE fangirl of the books. So much so that I saw the author George Martin at WorldCon some time ago, and I was incapable of walking up to say hello. We’re talking glued to the ground, unable to think, wasting space and air. I’m not usually like that around people I admire, so it ended up being a mild form of entertainment for the practical side of my brain—the side that kept taunting “he’s just an old man! You’re a blond! GO SAY HI, you wimp!”
Ahem…where was I? OH YES…the tv show.
I had read the first two books by the time I saw the show, so I’d had plenty of time to create my own
better versions of these characters. And let me tell
you they were lifelike! And awesome!!! And way better than any HBO casting
director could have imagined!
And naturally as soon as the opening scenes played out, my dreams were shattered. My excitement depleted. This show was going to be horrible. And all because the characters looked nothing like they were supposed to look.
Time has passed. I am rewatching what I had previously watched and I have finally been able to move past the casting atrocities. And I’m even starting to forget my original versions of these wonderful characters. So, to forever lock my imagination in place, here are my original interpretations of some of the key characters in GAME OF THRONES:
Amanda's version: Henry VIII
Not too shabby, but clearly, I imagined him fatter.
Amanda's Version: Wee Man from Jackass
Can you tell Tyrion is one of my least favorite characters? He's a close second after Bran. I am beyond bummed that Peter Dinklage makes him tolerable. I wanted to hate this character forever.
Amanda's version: A dreamy Christian Bale from Newsies
Jon Snow was supposed to be able to sing "Santa Fe" on cue. Sigh. Oh, what could have been...
Book 1, he seemed to be written to be more sinister. Less attractive. So, book 1...
Amanda's Version: this guy from Knight's Tale only with blond hair
Book 2, suddenly he was attractive!!! And likeable!! So, this...
A decent match with the book 2 version, but what happened to book 1 Jaime?!
Amanda's Version: Cate Blanchett (with red hair)
The show really aged many of the adults, and ugh...I hate it. And I'm sorry, but the actress they got for Catelyn can't hold a candle to my top pick, Cate Blanchett.
There are other disappointments, of course. Cersei is supposed to have awesome, curly golden hair. Not a wavy straw-colored wig. Daenerys is supposed to have silver hair and purple eyes. The Hound is supposed to be more menacing. Joffrey is supposed to actually be handsome.
There are a few perfect picks, of course. Khal Drogo is spot on. As is Ned Stark and Varys. And Viserys. Definitely Viserys.
But the good ones don't make up for the bad ones. Especially when the good picks die one after the other and bad picks like Hodor live on to see another episode. And another. And another.
Yeah, I'll never get over how disappointing this one was.