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Drax the Legend

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Olorin

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Subj: This is essentially a known character, not a random guy.
Posted: Thu Apr 04, 2019 at 05:09:35 pm EDT (Viewed 94 times)
Reply Subj: ....early....
Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2019 at 11:37:51 am EDT (Viewed 103 times)

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I do not believe they will introduce a game-changing character this late in the game. It will be too far out of left-field.

It's not about how long they last. It's about when they get introduced and how their actions impact others. All the characters you mentioned may have had little screen time. But they either appeared early or were mentioned early. Their actions had far-reaching impacts on multiple storylines that have played out over multiple years.

For example - Ned may have had little screen time when compared to the whole life of the series. But his death was the catalyst for Arya becoming who she is. It solidified the War of the 5 Kings. Which brought us to where we are now. Years later.

I can't imagine them bringing in a new character of that type of importance with 6 episodes left. We are in the climax of the series.

You and I might also be defining "important" differently. This might be a semantics issue.

While he never had actual screen time, we know enough about the circumstances of his childhood and how existing characters relate to him, so he can fit right in and interact with pretty much every major player in very interesting ways.

More importantly, far as I know, his faction has not really done anything of note in the books either, so it's not like they had significant material to adapt in the show. But the Golden Company is essentially an army trying to get dat bastard on the Iron Throne, so they will eventually do something in the books, otherwise why did Martin bother with that subplot? So using them in the show but reducing them to just a name, erasing all their book motivations and consequence of future actions, would make no sense to me. If you're gonna erase an entire faction from the books, why not just create a random mercenary army for the show?

I actually think that's the perfect way to introduce a mostly dormant faction that will only matter late in the game. Having not bothered with merely introducing them and randomly giving us a scene every other season to remind us they exist, they can now make it impactful and surprising, which is one of the things the show is known for.

Also, Cersei has no actual leading army figure on her side now, so there's no tension in the event of a battle. Storywise, a random mercenary guy placed against Jon and Daenerys is not interesting enough. Same with Euron, him and Cersei just don't click as a power couple and seem poised to fail, there's nothing of interest there if they win. But if it's "Strickland" & Cersei, their prospects increase dramatically, making a possible final confrontation very interesting (and an early defeat of the Walkers more passable).


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