thisfalconwhite said: Regarding Trystane being cast as Doran's "son and heir": I know you've mentioned that we need to be prepared for a lot of cuts for Feast/Dance. D&D know how it all ends, so they know what to cut. I love Arianne and Quentyn, but I honestly can't think of a reason that they are absolutely necessary to the overall story. I can't think of anything they've done that can't be shifted to another character on screen. It's been a while since I read Feast/Dance, so what are your thoughts on this?
IDK man, IDK. I mean, with regards to Trystane being written up as Doran’s “son and heir” (of a shyness that is criminally vulgar), PR is not canon, so there’s that. And Arianne could still come later, so there’s that too — keep in mind Doran wasn’t listed on the original casting sheet either.
So. I suppose you’re right that Arianne could be excised without doing much violence to the story, but I think that’s way less true of her than it is of Quentyn, the Vito Spatafore of Game of Thrones. If you cut Arianne you needs must make up a whole lot of Dornish stuff to replace it, presumably by beefing up Myrcella. As a substitution, that’s not exactly the disaster it’s being made out to be, I guess? I dunno, it’s a bummer, even though I think Arianne’s awesomeness has been greatly exaggerated in terms of presenting her as some kind of role model. Cool character, not so cool a role model. IDK, IDK.
This is not, in any way, a way I like to interact with art, I can tell you that much. I want to talk about a show, not an idea of a show months before the show airs.