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Old July 4 2012, 10:19 PM   #878
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Re: A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones Spoiler-Filled Discussion

Dorian Thompson wrote: View Post
I give the writers all sorts of props for killing off a lead character in Ned and following the books. It drives story and it was ballsy as hell but dammit....Robb is Ned now. It sucked losing my favorite character; I don't want Ned 2.0 to die just because his mommy made a marriage contract and he married someone else.
As noted above it's a contract he makes, and if the series let Robb live, the plot would begin to diverge majorly from the books. There's a couple of characters the show's killed off who remain alive in the books - like Rakharo and Irri - but these changes don't majorly shift the entire arc.

So yeah, while Robb can be handled differently in the series - and has - in the end the guy needs to die.
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