The Biggest Differences Between Game of Thrones Books vs. TV
Season 7 of Game of Thrones has come and gone, and we won’t be seeing the last season until (*looks online*) spring of 2019?! OH COME ON! But we have to remember that the 6th and 7th books of GOT are still forthcoming. If you’ve read the books and watched the show, you’ll know that there are big differences between the two. Both are enjoyable, so it’s like having 2 storytellers telling a similar story.
What’s fun about watching the show –besides it being amazing — is how you notice the changes. It’s the same thing with with books being turned into a film. Like how the film IT decided it was probably best to omit the underage sex scene where all the boys run a train on Beverly. Something should be changed, and also, WTF, Stephen King? Anyway, here are some of the biggest changes from GOT that was changed for TV. Obviously, SPOILERS BELOW!
Missandei and Grey Worm hooking up
The extremely attractive Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel), Daenerys’ best friend, is seen in the most recent season having sex with Grey Worm after much lead up and tension. The problem with that is she;s only around 10-year-s-old in the books. So, she was aged up to have that romance with Grey Worm. Maybe in the future books this could happen, but uh, we already have enough weird incest and underage sex (Dany getting raped by Drogo at age 13, even though he asks permission, and she says yes to him willingly. But he is like 29 in the book, and she’s 13… so…), can we not have underage sex with a eunuch?
Mance Rayder Is Still Alive In The Books
In A Dance With Dragons, Mance was burned alive at the stake. This also happened in season five of the show. In the show he died, but in the books he lives. This is because Melisandre (the red priestess) did some magical switcheroo with Mance and the Lord of Bones. You know, that guy in the show who has a skull head and skeleton outfit? Stannis wanted Mance to burn, but Melisandre thought he’d be useful later on. The Lord of Bones was killed in the show when he started talking sh*t to Tormund. Two solid deaths for that guy. Not really sure how the books are going to address Mance still being alive, but I’m sure it will be good.
Basically most of Sansa’s story in the show
There’s a character in the books named Jeyne Poole. She is posing as Arya Stark, and it is she who gets married to Ramsay Bolton. All of that sick stuff he does to Sansa is actually done to her instead. It is she who escapes with Theon because Ramsays is a pretty huge turd of a person (we’ll get to him later). Where is Sansa? She’s with Littlefinger at the Eyrie for the most part. The Eyrie is the castle of House Arryn of the Vale. You know, the place with the Moon Door? That’s the one.
You can mentally project what you want in comparison to the show, but it means A LOT of what happened on screen did not happen in the books.
Arya can “Warg” in the books, but not on TV
Remember in the show when Arya was blinded? She would wander around, get her ass kicked, beg for food, and then get her ass kicked again. That would suck, but in the books it was different. She had the ability to warg AKA control and see through the eyes of an animal. She used this ability to control a stray cat to spy on people, and she also dreamed through the eyes of her direwolf, Nymeria. So all of that was thrown out the window for the show.
Lady Stoneheart is nowhere to be found on the show
When Catelyn Stark was killed, her body was thrown into a river and left to rot. She soon came back to life when Dondarrion kissed her and brought her back to life. Unlike Jon Snow looking pretty good when he came back to life, Catelyn was moldy, could barely talk through her neck wound, and she came back wanting absolute vengeance for the death of her family members.
She’s nowhere to be found in the show. It’s a bummer because she’s a great character. Man, this would last 10 seasons if they left more of the plot in.
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