Originally Posted by Mal
They were obviously trying to squeeze in some temporary closure to the various threads ongoing, but I think that for what they had left they did fairly well. Of course, if they had planned it better to begin with they wouldn't have had to, but it could also just be a TV ploy to keep people watching until the end.
Yeah, there was a lot to tie up, but at the end of the season, focus on the important - House of the undying, Jon and Halfhand, aftermath of Bywater (and I would say ONLY the Kingslanding side), Theon and Winterfell. The few quick scenes of Jamie and Brienne and Arya + co were pretty well done so they make great interludes, but Varys and the whore? why? Stannis moaning about defeat and then told to look into the fire... why? (There's a great scene at the start of Book 3 with Stannis, Melisandre, leeches and fire that I felt would be a better way to reintroduce him after his defeat)
It led them to rush pretty much all the scenes where a minute or two extra of suspense would have served the important issues far better. Not to mention the overplaying of Littlefinger's motives, (again) the making the Other's far too obvious (this is the BIG BAD here and they are tossing it out as a known when Martin had it very unknown), a little confusing to Jon's motives in the fight with Halfhand - felt it could have been better handled -, completely skipping the attack on Winterfell by Ramsey Snow... just don't understand the reasons here when there is so much better to mine out of the books.
The zombies at the end seem like a cheap move to cash in on the "OMG Zombie" popularity that is currently big, partially due ot the Walking Dead. If you aren't liking this show and now all of a sudden are "OMG ZOMBIES BEST SHOW EVER" ... I just don't know. Feel they blew a lot of money on that which could have been better used to put Ghost in the show since the bond between Jon and Ghost was the strongest aside from Bran and Summer.