But you have to remember, for those of us that didn't read the books, we're not missing anything.
But you have to remember, for those of us which did read the books, this is playing out to being a completely different story than the one we're expecting. Small changes here and there add up to bigger changes later. That, or plot holes.
yeah, not to mention the totally random, completely unnecessary pre-*** scene with King Robb and the soulful pretty girl.
Yes because the soulful pretty girl(I assume it's the "nurse from Volantis", as I've not seen this week's episode yet) is a completely random character. She's not from the books at all. Edited, May 21st 2012 9:27am by Nilatai
She's a very obvious stand-in for lady what's-her-face (Jeyne?) that Robb finds himself taken with in the books. That character wasn't really fleshed out in the novels (she just sort of appears out of the blue), so HBO sort of needed to provide her with a more robust introduction and backstory. I suspect that since that would involve making stuff up, they figured they might as well just rewrite the character to make her introduction flow more seamlessly into Robb's storyline. Probably went something like:
"Robb's on the battlefield, so how does he meet a girl?"
"We'll have her be a field nurse."
"Well, she's supposed to be nobility, right? Is there a way we can fit that in?"
"Sure, we'll give her this backstory to explain why she's totally down with sawing off dude's limbs, and to show her as a nice, principled girl that Robb would dig."
It's a small, superficial change, and there aren't any real consequences from it. It addresses a minor issue that arose from the translation from book to tv. Makes perfect sense to me.