The books are no longer coming out and the series ended in general bitterness. In addition to the impression of having been cheated, we say to ourselves that the richness of the fantastico-medieval universe of George R. Martin would have deserved more breadth. And, in fact, even before the crossroads between the books and the series, the screenwriters of the latter decided to abandon whole sections of the plot.
1. Catelyn’s Resurrection
Catelyn Stark is dead and dead, in the series, after her indigestion of blood at her son’s wedding. But in the books, it is quite different. Catelyn is found by the Brotherhood who decide to bring her back to life. Under the name of Lady Coeurdepierre, she takes the head of the Brotherhood in place of Béric and relentlessly tracks down all those responsible for the red wedding. In short, a whole section of the plot absolutely absent from the series.
2. The White Walker Plan
In the books, there is no mention of the Night King. The White Walkers have no leader, they speak a language of their own, and have higher aspirations and desires than destroying humanity for the sake of destroying humanity. The treatment of the White Walkers is also one of the points that catalyzes the dissatisfaction of George R. Martin about the adaptation.
3. Euron, the Pirate Sorcerer
In the series, Euron is a big redneck who wants to bang Cersei and loot, rape and drink. But in the books, Euron is a majestic and disturbing character. His black eyes shine mischievously, he is nicknamed “crow’s eye” and some think he is the three-eyed crow. In short, nothing to do with the character of the series.
4. The three-eyed crow has immense power
Bran is very nice, but apart from watching 3D porn while the others are fighting and grabbing the throne in extremis, we don’t see him doing much. In the books, the Three-Eyed Crow is a much more important character and whose real intentions are unknown: is she playing for her family, for the common good, or for the White Walkers? The ambiguity is total.
5. Jaime is not at all the same in the books
In the books, Jaime lets go of Cersei and ends up hating her so much that it’s likely he’ll end up killing her, if the prophecy is to be believed. However, the screenwriters took the strange decision to perpetuate the consanguineous love between the two and even offer them a joint death. Illogical as possible.
6. Qhorin is otherwise more active in the books
This totally secondary character has an important capital on the wall, in the books. Sincerely devoted to the cause, he has nothing to offer except his life and intends to sacrifice it if necessary. The treatment reserved for the character in the series is totally different, since Qhorin passes for a kind of wanker, which makes his sacrifice absolutely irrelevant.
7. Daario Naharis, more than just a fuck friend
The books describe Daario Naharis, Daenerys’ fuck friend until she went out with Jon, as a tall guy, even more red-haired than Tormund but with a blue beard and gold teeth. A striking character, therefore, not exactly this useless fop that we see in the background behind Daenerys.
8. Missandei and Daenerys’ filial love
And this simply because Missandei is 10 years old in the books. Daenerys’ “little scribe” is a child Daenerys takes under her wing, not a middle-aged chick ready to make plans to buy an apartment with a eunuch.
9. Mance Ryder should have survived
In the books, Melisandre takes it upon herself to save Mance Ryder’s soul after he is burned, believing he can be of use later. It goes without saying that, in the series, he is useless afterwards since he is dead, very dead and buried.
10. The Disappearance of Jon Connington
The character of Jon Connington is central in the books. He is part of Aegon’s escort and it is he who catches the skin disease which, in the series, is attributed to Jojo the Friendzone. But in the series, he was totally merged with the latter.