Before I start, I just want to mention that THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS! If you have not watched all of Season 2 up to date, and you have not read the books (and want to), you might not want to read this.
Anyway, I’m enjoying Season 2 of Game of Thrones so far, and I realize that it’s impossible to include every plot point of the books (which are quite dense), but I really feel like they’re missing some important things this season.
Mostly, I feel the big holes are sitting in the Winterfell plot line. In last night’s episode, Theon took Winterfell. I feel like this was rushed. Several things needed to happen that haven’t yet…things that lead into the plot later on. Where are the Reeds? How do we move on without them? For one, when Bran and Rickon leave Winterfell, they split up. Osha goes with Rickon, and he’s too young to set out on his own. The Reeds go with Bran and Hodor, which I think is necessary. Bran is crippled and Hodor is mentally disabled. The Reeds help them find food, and help them find their way in the North. Though they seem to be on the back burner in the plot so far, I also think they still have a role to play. It’s been hinted at that Howland Reed (their father) is the only other person aside from Eddard Stark who knows about Jon Snow’s parentage. I have a theory that this will turn out to be very important in the last books.
Secondly, Rodrick Cassel set off to arrest Ramsay Snow in the books. This hasn’t happened yet! If it hasn’t happened, where does Reek come in? If we don’t have Reek/Ramsay, we don’t have the downfall of Theon and Winterfell! I guess we have Roose Bolton sending word to Ramsay to retake Winterfell, but it’s not really the same. The sheer ruin of it has a lot to do with the level of trust Theon held for Reek/Ramsay.
I’m hoping that, since the writers and producers of the show have read all the books and are working with George RR Martin and have apparently been privy to the plot of the last books, that these things will be reconciled.