The recent reveal of the four deleted scenes which were among the “Dragon Eggs” hidden within the Game of Thrones Season 2 Blu-ray box set has sparked controversy within the fandom. The general outcry is one of frustration, as diehard fans of George R.R. Martin’s series of novels wonder why these scenes featuring characters from the books were left out, only to be replaced by scenes original to the HBO series, or featuring characters who had minor, or nonexistent [read: the vile and ubiquitous Ros], roles in the novels. Another faction of the fandom, however, finds the deleted scenes to be poorly written and badly acted, giving them yet more fodder to support their argument that the HBO series is the end all of disappointments.
Note: Big THANKS to our own Cian Gaffney for uploading these scenes onto YouTube!
Irri and Doreah
The Dragon Egg that no one cares about, this one is so bad that it almost seems a bit insulting that HBO thought fans of the show would feel it was worth searching for. Fan reactions over multiple forums agree that it should have been a deleted scene. Both the writing and Roxanne McKee’s performance as Doreah were, in fact, painful to watch. It’s a shame that time and money was spent filming that scene, drawing resources away from scenes that would advance the plot and contribute to character development.
Loras and Margaery
A great disservice was done to Finn Jones by cutting this scene from the series. Well acted, well thought out, and lending depth to the character of Loras Tyrell, it’s truly sad to see this one ended up as only a Dragon Egg. Fans emotions range from broken hearted to downright angry upon viewing this scene. Although I strongly disagree with the casting of Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell, this scene would have served to help viewers understand Margaery’s drive and her commitment to her endgame far more clearly, had it been included in Season 2.
Varys and Littlefinger
Absolutely, positively brilliant, this is the Dragon Egg that’s worth the hunt! Who can get enough of the banter between Lord Petyr and Lord Varys? Conleth Hill and Aidan Gillen are pure magic, embodying their characters so perfectly that we are left in complete awe of their genius. So why did this scene end up on the cutting room floor? Who’s to say? Perhaps an earth shattering “Ros the Whore” scene took it’s place. I’ve not yet found anyone who disagrees on this one; this scene should have made it into the final cut.
Sandor and Sansa … and Tyrion?
This is the big one. The Dragon Egg that launched a thousand tumblr posts, “San/San” fans are in a frenzy, blogging about their “feels.” Here is where the controversy is strongest, however, as long time book purists, HBO fans, and those who read the books for the first time only after watching on HBO, collide. The effect is reminiscent of the Ghosbusters crossing their proton pack streams… heated and dangerous.
My own feelings concerning Sandor and Sansa are strong, and extremely book driven. Therefore, I feel that it was a good decision to leave this out of Season 2. HBO has already wreaked havoc with the Sandor/Sansa storyline to the point that the addition of this scene would have pushed their relationship even further into the abyss. While Rory McCann played his part well, Sophie Turner was, once again, a disappointment. She switched, just for a moment , to her second facial expression, bitchy, but for the most part, spent the scene gaping like a dying fish. That’s just poor acting, in my book. The other thing it was impossible to ignore was the fact that she is nearly as tall as Rory McCann. At 6’6”, Sandor should tower over Sansa. If the girl cast as Sansa is nearly his height, they should have done something to make her seem smaller. As it was, the effect of Sandor being a huge brute was incredibly weak, as it has been in all of their scenes together. I, for one am relieved to see an end to HBO’s version of “San/San.”
To top this one off, while Peter Dinklage is incredibly talented, I can think of no reason that the addition of Tyrion would be necessary to this scene. We love us a little Imp, but really HBO? Changes I can understand, if they are necessary to drive the plot forward, however, I’ve about lost my patience with changes that make no sense and serve no purpose.
Third Time’s a Charm?
So HBO, upon release of the Season 2 Blu-ray, I find myself one of many frustrated Game of Thrones fans. I have to say, as a book purist, I’m in agreement with the majority of the fans who are throwing up their hands and wondering what HBO was thinking. My reasons are mixed, but overall, I would not waste my time searching the box set for Dragon Eggs next season. To be perfectly honest, if Season3 doesn’t turn out to be a giant step up from what we’ve seen this past season, I can’t see myself bothering to purchase the box set at all.
Still haven’t bought the S2 Blu-ray yet? Well, shame on you!! You can purchase a copy at Amazon.com for $30. Also, BestBuy is offering exclusive House Sigil slipcovers for those looking to personalize their set a bit. These are on-sale now for $35.
MJ Snow is a Canine and avian behavior specialist by day; a role player, blogger and writer by night. A long time George RR Martin fangirl and Game of Thrones Addict, MJ spends way too much time in Westeros. MJ is the founder of The Snow Keep, a short story and fan-ficiton blog and The Brothers Clegane, a Sandor & Gregor Clegane tribute blog, she also co-curates several other Game of Thrones themed blogs.