The amount of screen time Mance has is in line with his appearances in A Storm of Swords
, which are memorable but pretty minimal. It feels like less because the show has let all the air out of the character, wasting Ciaran Hinds and leaving one to wonder how this Mance ever got to be king in a society that rejects most notions of authority. But of course what really
mattered was endless scenes of Jon and Ygritte exchanging flirty banter, even though they had already erased his arc in A Clash of Kings
to overload us on those. That's also the problem with playing up the Tyrells so much in season three: the producers are skipping stuff that can't be done later in order to create dragged-out versions of stuff that can. We're going to get two more years of Cersei and Margaery exchanging veiled threats before anything actually happens between them.