30 Ways GoT Series Altogether Ignored The Books And Made Fans Furious
No show or movie adaptation can ever come close to a novel or a series of books, and while HBO’s massive hit ‘Game of Thrones’ stays really true to the work of George R.R. Martin, there are many differences that die-hard fans never liked. This April, the series will be airing its last season, but in the meantime, here is a look at things that are different.
1. MORE OSTENTATIOUS
Daenerys made the leader of the Second Sons stay in Mereen to guard the city against the slave masters, and he was a fan-favorite character. However, in the books, he was way more flashy than they showed on the HBO program. He wore colorful clothes and had blue hair.
2. VIOLET EYES
While the Mother of Dragons looks like all the other Targaryens that have appeared in the series, none of them were given the violet eyes that were described in the novels. The showrunners allegedly thought that purple eyes might be too distracting for audiences.
3. THE ANDAL
Ian Glain plays the role of Ser Jorah Mormont, the guy who is stuck in the friend zone, but he does not look like the book describes. He was supposed to be black-haired, and he got a bunch of scars after Daenerys banished him.
4. JON CONNINGTON
Furthermore, HBO mixed his story with that of Jon Connington, who got greyscale after taking Tyrion out of the water as Jorah did on the show. He was also supposed to take the long lost Targaryen heir, Aegon, Rhaegar’s son, back to the throne.
Missandei is one of Dany’s favorite people, and her romance with the Unsullied solder, Grey Worm, is beautiful, but that does not happen in the books. In the novels, Missandei is just ten years old, and people call her Daenerys’ “little scribe”.
6. MANCE RAYDER
Mance Rayder is burned at the stake after refusing to follow Stannis Baratheon, and while this happened in the books too, Melisandre changed his body with Rattleshirt, a.k.a. the Lord of Bones. Therefore, he lived on in the novels.
7. GOING HOME
By now, the series has gone further in the narrative than the novels. In fact, Sansa is not close to Winterfell at all. She has not even married Ramsay. In the books, Sansa’s friend, Jeyne Poole, married the Bolton bastard, and she is the one who is tortured, while Sansa is in the Eyrie with Littlefinger.
8. HIS AGENDA
In regards to Baelish, in the books, he does not want Sansa and plans to marry her to Ser Harry Hardyng, a.k.a. Harry the Heir. He is next in line to rule the Vale after Robin Arryn. If something happened to Robin, then they would rule.
9. HARRY DOES NOT LIKE HER
Ser Harry thinks that Sansa is Littlefinger’s daughter, not his niece like they said on the show. Therefore, he believes that marrying her is beneath his status. He might change his mind once he learns who she truly is, but Sansa is bound to have a lot of bad luck in the novels.
10. THE TYRELLS
Season six ended with the explosion of the Sept of Baelor, and the Tyrell family was completely snuffed out. However, in the novels, the Tyrells have two other sons, Willas and Garlan. The former is at Highgarden while the latter lives in King’s Landing with his wife. Sansa was even supposed to marry Willas.
11. BRAIDS AND BELLS
In the books, the Dothraki Khals have to wear bells in their long braids that represent their skill in combat. However, it would have probably been too silly for fearsome men to wear those things in their hair.
12. SELL SWORD
Ser Bronn of the Blackwater is not the one that teaches Jaime Lannister to use his left hand for fighting after losing the other. In the books, Ser Ilyn Payne is still there, and Jaime chose him for the task specifically because he cannot speak.
13. REAL LOVE
Unlike the tough Dothraki wedding and wedding night that HBO showed, Daenerys and Khal Drogo’s first time is not that tragic. Dany was not sold to the Khal, but rather she was seduced into marrying him, and he worked hard so that she would enjoy the moment.
14. HER AGE
Almost everyone in the books is younger than the show depicts. Daenerys is 13 years old when she married Khal Drogo, who is almost 30. While she consented to their wedding night, it’s still a bit wrong in our society’s standards.
Arya Stark can warg just like Brandon Stark in the books. In ‘A Dance with Dragon’, she was blinded and had to warg into a cat to spy on people. There is also a moment where she warged into Nymeria, her former direwolf.
16. THE MAESTER AND THE BABY
In the books, Sam and Gilly go to Oldtown too to learn about the Long Night, but they are accompanied by Maester Aemon, and the baby they have is Mance Rayder’s son. Jon Snow had them take the baby for fear that Melisandre would burn another child with “king’s blood”.
17. OTHER DWARVES
In the Purple Wedding, the show revealed that there are other dwarves in Westeros, but they were used to mock the War of the Five Kings. This also happened in the books, but only two dwarves were there, and they become important later on. One of them told Tyrion that the show was Baelish’s plan.
18. THEIR FRIENDSHIP
However, the sister is revealed to be mad at Tyrion because her brother, the other dwarf, was killed after Joffrey’s death. Cersei had offered lordship to anyone that would bring her Tyrion’s head. Then, she became friends with Tyrion and were sold into slavery together with Ser Jorah.
19. EDRIC STORM
Edric is another of Robert Baratheon’s bastards, but he does not exist in the series. The showrunners focused more on Gendry, the blacksmith, but all that happened to him actually happened to Edric in the novels.
20. KING DORAN
Doran does not have a big part in the show aside from judging the Sands and marrying off Trystane to Myrcella Baratheon, but in the novels, he is more involved. He planned to marry his daughter, Arianne, to Viserys Targaryen when he regained the throne.
Of course, the plan is tossed aside when Viserys died, but Doran decides that his second son, Quentyn, should marry Daenerys Targaryen. He even sent him to Meereen to ask for her hand. However, Quentyn never gets close because Rhaegal burnt him at the dragon pit.
22. ROBB DID NOT MARRY TALISA
The Red Wedding happened because Robb Stark married Talisa instead of one of Walder Frey’s daughters, but that never happened in the books. Robb actually married Jeyne Westerling, a girl sworn to House Lannister.
23. NOT LOVE
However, their marriage was not for love but because he slept with her and was embarrassed about creating a bastard. The Freys become angry at his decision, and some Northern lords are mad as well because it seemed that Robb married a foe.
24. MAKING FUN OF CERSEI
Bronn and Cersei never had many scenes on the show, but in the books, they hate each other. However, he trolled her by naming his bastard with Lollys Stokeworth after Tyrion. Lollys is not just his fiancée, but she was raped in a mob scene shown in season two and got pregnant as a result. Cersei gets enraged over this and breaks their union.
The Thenn Wildlings are shown as cannibals that eat the parts of those they kill in the south, but in the novels, they are very reasonable. The Ice-Rivers clans are the cannibals, but the show did not want to depict every single clan, so they just mixed it.
26. HOUSE THENN
Jon Snow later named Thenn an official house in their country. House Thenn was named after he had Sigorn Thenn marry Alys Karstark so that she would not have to marry her cousin. Melisandre officiated the wedding, ensuring that Alys would get Karhold when her big brother dies.
27. LYSA AND ROBIN
There is a reason why Lysa is so obsessed with her sick son, Robin. The show makes it seem that they are just perverted, and she is a murderer, but in the novels, it’s because Lysa’s dad made her give up a child she had that was fathered by Petyr Baelish.
28. OTHER TRIES
Lysa had difficulty getting pregnant after that. Jon Arryn wanted a son desperately, but Lysa had five miscarriages and two stillborns before Robin was born, and he became sick too. She killed Jon Arryn so that he would not send her kid to Dragonstone to learn from Stannis.
29. LEECH LORD
In the novels, Roose Bolton has the nickname “Leech Lord” because he loved leeches. The showrunners did not think it was important enough to have it on the series. There is even a scene where he meets with the Freys while being leached naked. Arya was his cupbearer at one point instead of Tywin.
30. THE PRISONERS
Arya asked Jaqen H’ghar to help her and her friends escape, but it happened differently in the books. She and Jaqen saved a bunch of people by threatening to give him his own name. She actually got left behind at some point and had to escape on her own.
Do you think the differences made the show better or worse? The important thing is that we can enjoy both versions equally. If you liked this article, share it with your friends who love ‘Game of Thrones’. See you next time!
Source: Life Daily