Ever since Game of Thrones Season 3, Episode 8: “Second Sons” aired last Sunday, the internet has been abuzz about Daario Naharis (Ed Skrein), the blazingly hot sellsword that pledged his sword, army, and heart to Dany after having met her for about two seconds (though really, can you blame him?). However, not all the chatter has been positive.
Why? Because he's a big change from the books, and some fans don't like it. What else is new?
While Game of Thrones is not word-for-word faithful to the A Song of Ice and Fire book series, it does tend to stick pretty closely to George R.R. Martin's vision of the characters. Not so with Daario, and it made some viewers grumpy.
As this amazing Tumblr post highlights, the Daario of the show bares little resemblance to the Daario of the books, who is known for his flamboyant clothing and even more over-the-top styling (blue hair and blue, three-pronged beard, hey hey).
We'll admit that we were a little disappointed when we first saw Game of Thrones's Daario, because, really — blue hair and blue, three-pronged beard. How great is that? (To give you an idea of how it should look, check this out.)
That said, we've warmed up to this clean-shaven take on the character. We understand why the show made the change. Above all, Daario is supposed to be attractive, someone who would believably catch Dany's eye. His over-the-top book styling may have made that hard to pull off believably in a visual medium.
(And remember, Tyrion is supposed to be far uglier and more disfigured than he is on the show. And yet, Peter Dinklage has worked out just fine.)
What do you think: Do you approve of this pretty-boy version of Daario, or did you want something closer to the book's vision?
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Rebecca Martin is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @BeccaDMartin.