Game of Thrones is one of the most followed shows in the History of T.V Entertainment and has long enjoyed record ratings and a devoted fan following. The show is based on the works of George R.R Martin book series. His book series has a large fan following as well and when some plot is changed in the show which is different from the books, fans of George R.R Martin book series becomes divisive.
Whatever the reason, there are plenty of differences that fans eagerly debate and deconstruct. Here are Seven of the most obvious differences between the page and the screen.
1. Red Wedding – Talisa Storyline
Game of Thrones most infamous scene “The Red Wedding” becomes more horrible when Robb’s pregnant wife Talisa (Jeyne Westerling in the books) was stabbed to death.
In the books, Robb takes the more sensible decision to not bring Jeyne to the wedding, and she survives, but the show’s Talisa isn’t so lucky. Even in this most brutal of moments, Talisa’s graphic fate was perhaps the most shocking.
2. Lady Stoneheart
In the books, after the death of Catelyn Stark in Red Wedding the mysterious Lady Stoneheart takes over the band of outlaws once led by Beric Dondarrion, and is eventually revealed to be none other than a resurrected and vengeful Catelyn Stark.
Every fan thought that Lady Stoneheart will make an appearance in the show but the show so far has dropped this particular idea which was very well written in the books.
It would be great to have Michelle Fairley back on the show with heavy makeup and finding a way to revenge for her son’s murder. But for now, she only remains in the book.
3. Sansa Stark and Ramsay Bolton
This is one of the most controversial changes from the books. In the book, the Lannister pass off a Stark family friend, Jeyne, to the Boltons as collateral for an important alliance, convincing the Boltons that Jeyne is actually Arya.
But in Game of Thrones series, Jeyen never enters the picture. Instead of Jeyen they married Sansa to evil Ramsay Bolton in Season 5.
In books, Ramsey holds Jeyen hostage and tortures her. In the show, he does Same to Sansa and he even rapes her while Theon watches on in horror.
After Sansa’s assault, fans were enraged with the show’s deviation from the book’s plotline. Their anger was mostly due not to Jeyne’s absence, but to the fact that the show has a questionable portrayal of sexual assault, and many feel as though poor Sansa has already suffered enough.
4. The Fate of Shireen Baratheon
This is one of the most shocking and horrible moments in Game of Thrones. It was the most buzzed about moments of Season 5 as it hasn’t happened in the books.
To increase his power Stannis Baratheon chooses to take heed of Melisandre’s warning and he burned his own daughter alive and stood by as she screamed and begged for her life.
Nothing like this has happened in George R.R Martin’s Westeros.
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