I'm very confused with the Stannis storyline. Did Mel say that the queen was locked up and he had no children? See ya Shireen.
Not locked up, I think. There was a glimpse of Selyse at Stannis' side as he walked off the beach after the burning of the Seven. No Shireen seems to be the case, but I guess that they figured she's never really relevant as a character, so why cast someone. The Greyscale can be introduced in a different way, I reckon.
Probably means no Edric Storm, either. That's a shame, because he does have one of the coolest names in the series.
Not excited to see Natalie Dormer cast as the 15 year old Margary Tyrell. And the squick factor marrying her off to Tommen in 3 books will really annoy me. Of course, knowing this casting group, Tommen will go off screen for 3 episodes and come back with a beard and have grown 3 feet more.
She was older than Joffrey in the books, and will be older than Joffrey on the show. But all the kids are older. And I'm not sure what you mean by "this casting group". Do you mean that the actor playing Tommen will grow up in three years? Yeah, he will, but that's kind of unavoidable, isn't it? I've seen pictures of Isaac Hempstead-Wright recently, and puberty has definitely hit him. Going to be weird seeing Hodor carrying him around in season 3. Still, even in the books Margaery was treating Tommen as though he was her nephew or something, more than her husband.
Totally not happy about Craster dumping the baby in the woods and only Jon seeing him. And Jon getting hit and presumably knocked out? Is that how they're getting him to Ygritte?
I wouldn't think so. My guess is that Craster drags Jon back to Mormont and uses it as pretext to tell them all to piss off. 'This bastard was spying on me. What I do is none of your business'. We know that Qhorin Halfhand has been cast, so I think Jon's journey will be pretty similar to the books, until he meets Ygritte at least, because it seems like some parts of his story are being accelerated.
Screen Shae is so different than book Shae. This one's too cunning and worldly for me.
This one makes sense to me as a woman that Tyrion could lose himself over. She's intriguing, mysterious and sexy, and I can finally understand why he'd be so attached to her. The whole 'innocent whore' kick from the books seemed weird to me. Either Tyrion was fooling himself, or Shae was fooling him. Either way, I'm glad of the change, for the show.