10 Biggest Differences Between the “Game of Thrones” Series and the Books

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David Benioff and Daniel Weiss added characters, love stories and a lot of violence to their Game of Thrones show that George Martin wrote nothing about. And we still don’t know who will get that Iron Throne in the books.

Nexter.org prepared a list of the biggest differences between the show and the books. WARNING: many spoilers!

No Night King

Source: HBO

Night King is the main antagonist of the series (if we don’t count Cersei) and he is actually the scriptwriter’s and producer’s idea. In the books, he is just a character of legends and the white walkers don’t have a leader.

 

Stannis didn’t burn his daughter

Source: HBO

One of the most heartbreaking scenes is when Stannis Baratheon burns his daughter alive but in the books, she is actually perfectly fine, at least for now.

  

Robb Stark’s wife is alive

Source: HBO

Talisa was basically a made-up character because in the book Robb Stark’s wife is called Jeyne Westerling and she is from Westeros. She was at the Red Wedding but wasn’t killed. She was also not pregnant.

 

Khal Drogo didn’t rape Daenerys

Source: HBO

Another thing that shows how David Benioff and Daniel Weiss love to add some very violent scenes to their series. In the book, there was no rape or pressure involved, actually, their first night together was full of love and pleasure.  

 

Giant spiders

Source: Jimmy Przemek Duda

George Martin described the hounds of the White Walkers – giant ice spiders and we were hoping to see them on the screen.

“Big as hounds. Didn’t we talk about that for 30 seconds? ‘Ice spiders’ sounds good. It would look good on a metal album cover. But once they start moving, what does an ice spider look like? Probably doesn’t look great,” said Dan Weiss, producer of “Game of Thrones.”  

 

All the Stark children are wargs

Source: HBO

We all know that in the show Bran is a warg, but in the book all Stark children, including Jon Snow, are able to see through their pet’s eyes and deal with their enemies. Arya even learned to control cats.

 

Ramsay Bolton didn’t torture Sansa Stark

Source: HBO

In the show, Ramsay Bolton turned Sansa Stark’s life into a nightmare but in the books, Sansa was never married to Ramsay. Everything that we saw in the show, actually happened to Sansa’s childhood friend, who everyone thought was Arya Stark. Ramsay married her to solidify his rights to the throne.

 

Missandei is 10 years old

Source: HBO

Yes, in the books Missandei is only 10 years old. And obviously, there is no love story between her and the leader of the Unsullied Grey Worm.

 

Jon Snow is not a Targaryen

Source: HBO

In the books,  there is a different character named Aegon Targaryen called Young Griff (who actually may still turn out to be an imposter) and there is no information that suggests that Jon Snow is a Targaryen.

 

It is not known whether Jon Snow is even alive or dead

Source: HBO

Jon gets stabbed, loses consciousness and lies in the snow, bleeding. That’s where the story ends in the books. And all the fans have been waiting to find out whether he is dead or alive for 8 years now.  

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10 Biggest Differences Between the “Game of Thrones” Series and the Books
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David Benioff and Daniel Weiss added characters, love stories and a lot of violence to their Game of Thrones show that George Martin wrote nothing about. And we still don’t know who will get that Iron Throne in the books. Nexter.org prepared a list of the biggest differences between the show and the books. WARNING: many spoilers!
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