*Spoiler alert if you haven't watched/read anything GOT related*
You might have heard of that small indie drama called Game Of Thrones? no? I jest! GOT thrills millions of viewers every week, but many hardcore fans haven’t failed to notice the stark (pardon the pun) differences between the show and the song of Ice and Fire book series. By now the show has caught up with the books, but even before these last two seasons of the show there has been a notable divergence from the original sacred text. Here are four of the biggest (in my opinion) changes that I have noticed!
Jojen Reed's Death:
Jojen Reed met his end in the season four finale. However given the importance of his character to Bran in the books, it seems like a random decision to kill him off. In my opinion It is quite a major death seeing as Jojen guides Bran via his prophetic dreams. Also a big story thread in the GOT story tapestry, and especially vital to Bran’s story. His death to me, marks the two -book and tv series- as two very separate entities.
If you have seen the show, then you’ll be thinking Lady Stoneheart, who? In the show, Catelyn Stark dies at the Red Wedding along with Robb and his wife, Talisa (in the books Jeyne). Similarly this happens in the books, but in the books Catelyn meets a slightly stranger fate. Having had her throat slit and clawed her own eyes out at her son’s murder, the mysterious character of Lady Stoneheart in the novels is revealed as a resurrected Catelyn Stark. Who leads the outlaws that were once led by Beric Dondarrion. It does seem however that the infamous Stoneheart is definitely not making an appearance in the show anytime soon.
Sansa/Jeyne Storyline Merge:
A major change to the original text has been the merging of Jeyne and Sansa’s storyline. In the show Sansa is forced to endure and marry Ramsay Bolton. However in the books it is a childhood friend - Jeyne - of Sansa’s that has to marry Ramsay, after Roose Bolton convinces everyone she is Arya Stark, in an attempt to legitimise their marriage and Ramsay’s rule of Winterfell and the North. In my opinion the show does rely too heavily on rape as a plot device. The fact remains that whilst the book details this, it isn’t ever a major storyline or a plot device, it is an event that happens as oppose to moving the story along. The merging of the storyline’s just helped to put this issue into the spotlight and does give ammunition to the idea that the writers’ rely heavily on this, when it isn’t necessary. In the execution of the merging of the storylines, it also just turns Sansa’s story into something it doesn’t need to be. It further cements the tv show and book series as two separate things.
Jeyne // Talisa dying:
In the scene that everyone was anticipating - and one that didn’t disappoint - the Red Wedding. From the music to the reveal of Roose Bolton wearing chainmail., the book scene had much of the same eerie anticipation of the tv series. Perhaps even the most upsetting and horrific of all GOT deaths’ is when Robb's young wife Talisa (Jeyne Westerling in the books) is stabbed to death through her pregnancy bump. In the books however, Jeyne survives, and is spared the graphic and shocking death that Talisa faced. It also still has never been revealed as to why they changed the name in the first place, it seems the most obvious that it is to do with the Sansa/Jeyne storyline, but who knows.
I hope you enjoyed these details that I, and many others have noticed!