When a book is being adapted into a television show, many things get lost in translation and have to be changed to fit the different form of media. The age, appearance and storyline of many characters are altered either because they do not translate well to the silver screen or that there is not enough time – or money – to focus on all of the book aspects. We have composed a list of 14 book characters who have several differences from the A Song of Ice and Fire books and the HBO show.
The clever Dwarf of Casterly Rock, Tyrion Lannister, was 24 in A Game of Thrones – the first book on the A Song of Ice and Fire series whereas his onscreen counterpart was 32 years of age in season 1 of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Peter Dinklage – the American actor who portrays him – was 42 years of age when he began filming season 1 of HBO’s Game of Thrones.
In the books, he is described as having short, stunted legs, a swollen forehead, a squashed-in face and eyes of different colours – green and black. He is said to walk with a profound waddle. A part of his nose and upper lip was cut off during the Battle of the Blackwater.
Tyrion Lannister, however, is far better looking that his book counterpart and lacks the somewhat ugly physical features. He does however have a scar after the Battle of the Blackwater that goes across his face.
Unlike his onscreen counterpart, Tyrion Lannister was not accompanied by Varys – the Spider – on his journey across the Narrow Sea to meet the Dragon Queen, Daenerys Targaryen. Although in the A Song of Ice and Fire book series he has not met her yet, he will.
The Kingslayer, Jaime Lannister, was 31 years of age during A Game of Thrones – the first book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series. The onscreen Jaime was 36 during season 1 of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, the Danish actor who portrays him, was 41 when filming season 1 of HBO’s Game of Thrones.
At Joffrey’s funeral in season 4 of HBO’s Game of Thrones, Jaime raped Cersei by their son’s dead body. In A Storm Of Swords – the third book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series – their intercourse is consensual.
Having lost his right hand and – consequently – his sword hand, Jaime meets and trains with Bronn – a sellsword previously loyal to Jaime’s brother, Tyrion Lannister – to regain his swordsman skills. His book counterpart, however, trains with Ser Ilyn Payne instead.
In season 5 of HBO’s Game of Thrones, Jaime Lannister – accompanied by Bronn – went to Dorne to rescue his daughter – Myrcella Baratheon. His book counterpart does not and in fact is sent to Riverrun by Cersei.