Driftwood wrote: hell I just skip from the killer reveal episode to the series finale when I rewatch the show anymore
This hurts my heart. I love those episodes. I am sad now.
I agree with the frustrating read thing. I don't know how well or not well Frost cared for any of that latter season two stuff. Regardless, instead of changing it to fit what he thinks it should have been like, he should've just left it as is (if that is what he's trying to do). It wouldn't have harmed anything. A new fan would watch the whole series, move on to the book and stuff from those "poorer" episodes would just never be brought up again (except for the lodge stuff). No big deal.
Obviously Dougie is a big player in the book though. Frost said he wanted a character we all recognized but didn't have a lot of preconceived notions of. I think Dougie works for that purpose well.