Daimakaicho, Eater of Souls wrote:
You're just remembering incorrectly (not that I can blame you if it's been a while since you read the book; I read it only a few months ago, so it's more fresh in my mind). Ned doesn't die until near the end of the first book (it's not the very end, but probably 4-5 chapters away from it), and Dany gets her dragon eggs probably 2/3 of the way through that book too. The dragons hatching is the very last thing that happens in the first book.
Erm. Didn't Ned Stark die fairly shortly into the first book? Or at least, he was the FIRST of the main characters to die. Wouldn't they have to do a fairly major rewrite to keep Ned in the storyline? True Blood the TV series was written more and more away from the books' scripts, in a very successful way. But... keeping Ned alive through GOT? In the documentary they were sprinkling Ned scenes along with Daenerys scenes where she already is in the grasslands, and has the dragon eggs.
Ok, guess it's been too long since I read them to remember the plot order correctly. I think I saw a new book in the series on the New Releases shelves of my SF speciality store, but it's been so long since I read the first four that I wasn't moved to pounce on it and check that it was actually the fifth book in the series out at last.
Tyrion is my favourite character too, along with a couple of the Stark/Snow children. I like intellectuals. I hope that the shallow Stark girl grows up and realises that Tyrion is worthy of love. Also, this is my take on where the books series should go: The blacksmith ******* boy and Daenerys both have different but equal claims to the throne. At least the two of them have more direct claim to the throne than anyone else in a hereditary monarchy. The most equitable thing to do (in a feudal system) would have the two make a political marriage and be coequal-rulers.
Edited, Apr 16th 2011 11:06am by Aripyanfar