You Had One Job: Continuity
One of these things is not like the other
The folks at HBO really must not realize how closely their fans scrutinize everything. For they thought we’d let this slip.
But lo & behold a fan noticed and quickly posted it on Tumblr which led me to comment here. There is probably a really good reason, one we may never know (—until the Behind the Scenes on the DVD is released *hint, hint, HBO*) the true meaning behind. Yet to me, that is almost secondary to how badly the Eyrie has been treated by the series. Not the interiors, or the Moondoor and certain other elements, but they failed to convey what ‘A Song of Fire & Ice’ books did.
It took a full day to make it to the Eyrie, and involved riding on donkeys, with a nice little character to guide them, and it was treacherous. Which is why these representations above all CGI and backdrop do a great job throughout the series. As a whole the Art Department and Production Designer have done a really good job. Yet, let this serve as a cautionary tale to all fantasy shows who during their run decide to change the backdrops during production. The locations are as much a character in the shows as the flesh and blood actors portraying the main characters.
They inform as much as the characters do in many of the most pivotal scenes and for a reader of the books you have already created something in your mind and pleasing such a rabid fan base can not be easy, but they should at least strive for keeping the continuity. For if they change “The Titan of Braavos” in the coming seasons , I’ll riot and take to the streets.
In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, the Eyrie is a mountain-top fortress located on a shoulder of the Giant's Lance, one of the tallest mountains on the continent.