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10 Amazing Changes From The Books In Game Of Thrones

George R.R. Martin’s Epic Fantasy Series “A Song Of Ice And Fire” already had a cult following at the turn of the century, long before HBO approved David Benioff and D.B Weiss’ TV Adaptation “Game Of Thrones”. And just like any adaptation, changes from printed paper to the screen had to be made by the producers themselves. And just like any adaptation, horde of angry fans were to eventually come out and let their dissatisfaction known.

However, there are changes brought to the TV series that caught fans by surprise, for they actually either enhanced, or improved a particular storyline. Here are 10 changes that improved the show, solidifying it as its own entity to enjoy in parallel with the books:

10- Jon Snow Heads To Craster’s Keep And Kills The Night’s Watch Mutineers

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While the mutiny did occur in the books, and it did seal the fate of Lord Commander Jeor Mormont, the mutineers were not dealt with in the same manner. In “A Dance With Dragons”, once they’ve finished pillaging Craster’s reserves and wives, they head south, only to be killed my the mysterious figure Coldhands, paving the way for Bran and his group to head towards the Three Eyed Raven.

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via HBO

In the Show however, the producers decided to seal the fate of Mormont and the “Daughter Fookin’ Wildling Bastard” Craster at the hands of a newly introduced brother of the Nights Watch, Karl “The Fookin’ Legend” Tanner, a character that could have gotten more time to shine on screen. They also had the mutineers kidnap Bran and his group as hostages for a later ransom to be collected.

Knowing of the danger these loose ends would have should Mance Rayder’s army reach and torture them for information on Castle Black, Jon Snow insisted these traitors had to be dealt with. Taking a small group with him, they marched North and dealt with them in another battle for the show.

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Jon ended up fighting Tanner 1 on 1 and gave us one of the most brutal deaths in the show thus far. That’s got to hurt….

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  1. Nope

    A big ol pile of fucking NOPE for all but 9&10

  2. Ann

    Hardhome was epic, and Arya being right under Tywin’s nose was also a great change. But at least half the things on this list are nowhere near amazing.

    Sandor and Brienne, while an epic fight was completely unnecessary, and not necessarily to the death. Sandor may well be alive.

    Bronn commanding the City Watch is good, but it’s not mind-blowing.

    Sansa marrying Ramsay is not a great change. Yes her character development in the Vale would take time and not be as interesting, and we don’t really care much about Jeyne Poole anyway, but Sansa cannot legally marry anyone. Doesn’t matter that her marriage to Tyrion wasn’t consummated, she still has to get an annulment which requires going to the High Septon and requesting it. She can’t go to the High Septon while Cersei is still in power. Littlefinger knows this, so even his alleged plan in the books to marry her to someone else is just a ploy.

    Joffrey ordering the deaths of those children takes way from Cersei’s character and defies logic. The reason to off Robert’s kids is that they are living evidence of Cersei’s adultery. Joff doesn’t know that Robert isn’t his father, so he has no reason to kill what he thinks are bastard siblings, because they have no claim to his throne or to anything else he has. I get that making Joff worse was fun, but by not having Cersei order the deaths of those children you lose that she will do absolutely anything to protect her secret and her children. Not having her cross that line in the show makes her seem less awful. And Joff has plenty of other despicable not-in-the-books actions that make every viewer want him dead. They could have let Cersei keep this one.

    Talisa was in no way amazing. Felt like a character thrown in for a nice, modern, anti-slavery and feminist audience…which is fine except that it doesn’t work all that well in a medieval setting, nor does marriage for love. The couples in Westeros and Essos who married for love have not ended up having happy marriages. And Robb Stark, being Ned’s son, would never have broken his word to Walder Frey in any way other than he did in the book. The point of marrying Jeyne was that he refused to subject any potential child of his to the kind of treatment his supposed half-brother Jon got as a bastard. If he’s merely fallen in love with a girl he might well have just stayed away from her. Having slept with Jeyne, his morals locked him in to marrying her. The only think the pregnant Talisa gave us was higher shock value, and more reason to hate Walder Frey. We would have hated him anyway, so it added no actual value to the story.

    I am glad that Shireen’s ending was not put on this list. Don’t even get me started on how bad that was, and how extremely unlikely it is that it will happen like that in the books. Like Talisa and unborn-Eddard, that one was pure shock value and nothing more.

  3. Rick

    Best change was giving Bronn so much more to do. The Bronn-Jamie interactions have been nearly as good as the Bronn-Tyrion relationship.
    The worst change was sending Sansa to Winterfell. It’s such a stupid, stupid thing for Littlefinger to do it changes the nature of his character.
    Oh, I liked the Arya/Tywin scenes.
    Changing Brienne’s story made sense, because her story in the books is hideously uninteresting. But yeah, as we all know by now, it wasn’t a “fight to the death” with Sandor Clegane.


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