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Game of Thrones has deviated sharply from the books, here's how

Game of Thrones Season 5 deviated sharply from George RR Martin’s books. We look at the twists and turns in the characters’ fates.

tv Updated: Jun 19, 2015 19:56 IST
Sneha Mahale

For those familiar with George RR Martin’s books, Season 5 of Game of Thrones has had more than its share of surprises. While the show’s creators stayed true to the character arcs from the books until Season 4, the latest saw major deviations (only Arya Stark and Cersei Lannister’s plots remain unchanged). We round up the biggest book-versus-show changes.



Tyrion Lannister


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In the books:

The Imp is smuggled out of King’s Landing by Varys. He later goes on a long voyage with Aegon Targaryen. Tyrion is captured by Jorah Mormont, but both are seized by slavers. After escaping his slavers, he joins the sellswords company, Second Sons.



On the show

: Much of Tyrion’s adventures have been cut out. Instead, he is presented as a gift to Daenerys, by Jorah. Daenerys appoints Tyrion as her advisor. After she leaves the pits, Tyrion is entrusted with the city of Meereen with Varys by his side.



Jaime Lannister


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In the books:

The Kingslayer spends most of A Dance With Dragons in the Riverlands, putting things in order after the infamous Red Wedding. He later receives word from Brienne, who claims to have found Sansa Stark.



On the show:

Jamie heads south to Dorne, on Cersei’s request on a not-so-secret mission to rescue his niece (daughter, actually), Princess Myrcella. On their way back to King’s Landing, he tells Myrcella that he is her father and shares a heart-warming conversation with her.



Jon Snow


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In the books:

Snow stays at the Wall and sends emissaries to bring the Wildlings. He also sends a rescue party for the girl married to Ramsay. Disgusted by the Boltons, Jon decides to march south against them, asking the Wildlings and his black brothers to join him. His stand clashes with the Watch’s leadership, and he is stabbed repeatedly. His fate is unclear.



On the show:

Jon is elected the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. He travels beyond the wall with Tormund, and promises to give the Wildlings a safe passage through the Wall. At the Wildling settlement of Hardhome, he faces an attack from the White Walkers. In the finale, Jon is accused of being a traitor and stabbed to death by his own men.



Daenerys Targaryen


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In the books:

The Dragon Queen ends up in the midst of a political turmoil, fending off the Sons Of The Harpy, sellsword armies, and yet another suitor. She marries Hizdahr before opening the fighting pits again. Drogon is drawn to the noise and blood of the gladiatorial fights.



On the show:

Much of the complicated Meereen plots have been left out. She meets Tyrion, and appoints him as her advisor. She escapes the pits riding Drogon after an attack by the Sons Of The Harpy.



Melisandre


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In the books:

She demands that Jon burn down the Godswood of Winterfell and convert to the Lord of Light. She remains at the Wall as Stannis marches to Winterfell, often warning Snow of impending doom.



On the show:

She comes on to Jon who rebuffs her advances. She convinces Stannis to burn his daughter Shireen for her royal blood, to further his cause. Melisandre eventually abandons Stannis’s camp and returns to Castle Black before the Bolton’s arrive.



Theon Greyjoy


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In the books:

Still tortured by Ramsay, he is forced to watch as the Bolton Prince rapes and degrades Jeyne Poole on their wedding night. Later, Theon helps Jeyne escape and is imprisoned by Stannis.



On the show:

He is forced to watch as Ramsay rapes Sansa on their wedding night. He rats her out to Ramsay when she requests his help. In the season finale, Theon finally helps Sansa escape from Winterfell.



Margaery Tyrell


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In the books:

The queen is imprisoned on charges of treason. She is awaiting trial and chooses to be tried by judges of the Faith instead of a trial by battle.



On the show:

Margaery is arrested by the High Sparrow on perjury charges, after she testifies that she has no knowledge of Ser Loras being gay.



Jorah Mormont


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In the books:

He captures Tyrion. On the way to Meereen, they are captured by slavers. After escaping, he joins the Second Sons.



On the show:

He captures Tyrion and ferries him to Meereen. They are attacked by the Stone Men in Valyria, and Jorah contracts Greyscale. He presents Tyrion to Daenerys, in the hope that she will forgive him. Instead, she banishes him and he returns to his slaver to fight in the pits. Emerging as a victor, he saves the queen’s life during an attack by the Sons Of The Harpy. After Dany’s escape, he goes in search of the Dragon Queen.



Myrcella Baratheon


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In the books:

Arianne Martell, the eldest daughter of Prince Doran of Dorne, conspires to make Myrcella the queen to the seven kingdoms. However, they are betrayed in an attack that leaves Myrcella with a scar.



On the show:

Myrcella is engaged to Prince Trystane of Dorne. Jaime is set to take the happy couple to King’s Landing. On their way back, she is poisoned and killed by Ellaria Sand.



Sansa Stark


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In the books:

Sansa remains in the Eyrie to wed Robin Arryn’s heir Harrold Hardyng, who will help her regain control of Winterfell.



On the show:

Sansa travels to Winterfell with Petyr Baelish and marries Ramsay Bolton. He rapes her on their wedding night and continues to torture her thereafter. Eventually, she escapes from Winterfell with some help from Theon.



Brienne of Tarth


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In the books:

She visits all the seven kingdoms with her squire, Podrick, in search for the Stark girls. She also encounters Lady Stoneheart (the zombie-like Catelyn Stark) who accuses her of treachery and attempts to hang her.



On the show:

Brienne has brief meetings with Arya and Sansa. Both refuse her protection. She follows Sansa to Winterfell and is waiting for a sign to rescue her. She seemingly executes Stannis Baratheon off screen.



Stannis Baratheon

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In the books:

The last we hear from Stannis is that he’s marching on Winterfell and running into snowstorms. He gives orders to put his daughter on the Iron Throne if he is slain in battle.



On the show:

Stannis marches on Winterfell against the Boltons. He burns his daughter Shireen on the stake on Lady Melisandre’s advice. Eventually, it is revealed that his wife, Selyse, hangs herself to death and half his army has abandoned him. He is even deserted by Melisandre and is seemingly executed by Brienne Of Tarth.



Night’s King


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In the books:

Bran Stark mentions him once, revealing that Old Nan identified the Night’s King as a Stark of Winterfell, brother to the King in the North and Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch.



On the show:

He makes a dramatic entry during the battle at Hardhome. In a show of power, he resurrects all those slain and adds them to his army of the dead.



Characters missing from the series:



Aegon Targaryen


It is revealed that the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and nephew to Daenerys is alive, contrary to the belief that the Mountain had killed him when King’s Landing was sacked during Robert’s rebellion. Many of Tyrion’s Essos adventures include Aegon. The Targaryen prince marches upon King’s Landing to declare his claim to the Iron Throne.



Jeyne Poole


Jaime Lannister sends Jeyne Poole to the Boltons claiming she is Arya Stark. She is married to Ramsay Bolton who rapes and tortures her throughout the course of the books. When Jon mistakenly hears Arya is in Winterfell, he sends Mance Rayder with a rescue party to save Jeyne. Eventually, Theon helps her escape Winterfell.