Esquire had an interview with Lena Headley (a.k.a. Cersei Lannister on Game of Thrones), where writer Peter Martin describes the franchise like this: “Adapted from author George R.R. Martin’s hugely successful fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, Game of Thrones came with a huge, built-in, and devoted (if pimpled and asthmatic) fan base, along with a tested, long-running story line.”
Hey now, Peter. I may have the occasional zit, but pimpled and asthmatic? C’mon, dude. Lord of the Rings won a freakin’ Oscar. Fantasy isn’t just for lonely, zit-ridden teenagers anymore.
This brings me to my next point: for reasons I cannot explain, I have this mental image of Merle traipsing about Westeros now that he’s…er…a free man.
P.S. I’m pretty sure tattoos do exist in Westeros, though the article claims they do not. Patchface comes to mind. Maybe tattooing isn’t done in Westeros (don’t remember entirely) but there are certainly tattooed characters.