Mel's described as pale-skinned in the book. Her colouring seems to be kind of unnatural.
My initial attitude was, Asshai's supposed to be in the far east, cast her as Asian just for diversity. But I've since come to the conclusion that Asshai is roughly parallel to Russia in our world, so I'm cool with that. (Not that I wouldn't like to see more non-white people in the show and books, just saying.)
Originally Posted by Arjen Rudd
I don't know, I kind of think that particular debt might be paid at this point, what with that whole Red Wedding thing. I also think that these books have always been very careful not to force direct confrontations that an audience might expect. I'd even call it one of the more notable qualities of the books. Not only would I be very surprised if Martin ends them with a lot of tit for tat revenges, I'd be very disappointed.
It's not so much about revenge as it is "destiny". Martin's big on prophecies that come true, or appear to, from the idea that Harrenhal has a curse on it to Melisandre's magic seemingly causing the deaths of Balon, Joffrey and Robb (with the possible "out" that it was all a massive coincidence, but literarily speaking it's still a strong setup/payoff). So to me it's not that Tyrion's going to be out for revenge on Cat, since he has MUCH bigger fish to fry at this point, it's just that it would be an elegant tying up of loose ends if he were the one to kill her. I mean, if anything, I can see Cat provoking something and trying to kill HIM, and him killing her in self-defense.
I don't count the Red Wedding as anything to do with Tyrion--he was pretty disgusted by it when he found out it was his dad's doing, if you recall.