Friday, June 1, 2012



I've pointed out in the past that there are major differences between George R.R. Martin's books in the "Song Of Ice And Fire" series and the 'Game Of Thrones' TV series on HBO - enough so that I'm even more comfortable with my claim that the events which transpire on the continent of Westeros take place on Earth's late twin, the planet Mondas.

So far we've seen the creation of a character, Ros, who combines all the minor unnamed whores into one (with Martin apparently planning to finally add Ros into the books), Asha Greyjoy now known as Yara Greyjoy (to avoid confusion with the previously seen character Osha), and Talisa the nurse - who may or may not be the same character as Jeyne from the books.

I have not (yet) read the books, and for once in my miserable TV-watching existence, I'm trying to avoid spoilers - that's how much I love this show. But because of my televisiological research, I did stumble upon the fates of certain characters - not that I'm about to ruin it for the rest of you! With this past episode "Blackwater", the penultimate one for the second season, I've never felt more compelled to check the internet for spoilers - but only for two characters, Davos Seaworth and squire Podrick Payne.

I won't give away anything on either one of them, except to say that I thought there had to be some overwhelming reason why Davos the Onion Pirate should be the favorite character for one of the show's producers.

But at any rate, in my search for some info on him, I learned that his family tree contributes another divergence between the Davos of BookWorld and the Davos of the Toobworld Dynamic.....

In the TV Universe, we met Davos' son Mathos, who was a fervent follower of Stannis Baratheon and his new religion centered around the Lord of Light. And he was so filled with enthusiasm for the cause that he remained blinded to the situation around him right to the very end.

But in the books, Davos is accompanied in the attack on King's Landing by his four eldest sons (out of seven) - not only Mathos, but also Dale, Allard, and Maric.

This is a situation that Toobworld Central can actually rectify so that both BookWorld and the TwD are aligned - at least on this point.

All four sons were with Davos in the TV Universe depiction of the fleet, but I believe Dale, Allard and Maric were assigned to other ships; only Mathos sailed with his father. And with the destruction of Stannis' fleet by wildfire in Blackwater Bay, those three siblings perished as well, bringing the TV series back in line with the books.

In the books, Mathos was the third oldest, after Dale and Allard, but for the purpose of this new scenario, he could be considered the eldest. That would be why he was at his father's side, old enough now to give his father advice and counsel.

But then again, it could be that his three older brothers weren't smart enough to serve in such a position to their father. Although I'm not so sure Dale, Allard, and Maric could be THIS bad:

It's not a problem that we never got to see Dale, Allard, and Maric; there's a precedent for accepting their existence without proof - the Khan-Chekov Encounter. (Sounds like an episode title for 'The Big Bang Theory'.)

Just in case we have visitors to Inner Toob who are unfamiliar with this oft-cited principle, in the second 'Star Trek' movie, "The Wrath Of Khan", Khan Noonian Singh said that he remembered Pavel Chekov from his time on the Enterprise. But we never saw them cross paths in the episode "Space Seed". In fact, actor Walter Koenig wasn't even in that episode.

But that doesn't mean it couldn't have happened off-camera. Maybe they stood side-by-side at some point at the urinals in the little space-boys' room.

So long, Allard, Dale, and Maric - we hardly knew ye.......


1 comment:

Robert Wronski said...

I'm so stealing this for the TVCU.