Game of Thrones Season 4 is still many moons away, but that doesn't mean we can't get excited for it! As fans of the A Song of Ice and Fire book series, we're especially enthusiastic about Season 4, because we know the second half of A Storm of Swords — which is roughly what the season will be based on — is one of the most exciting parts of the whole series.
However, no story is perfect, and we know there are definitely some major changes from the book headed our way. The writers of the show have always done a good job tweaking the plots and characters from the books to fit the very different 10 episode a season TV format, and we have some thoughts about what they should change for next year.
So, without further adieu, here are four changes from the books we're hoping the TV show will make next season.
Warning: This article contains spoilers from the A Song of Ice and Fire book series. Click away now if you don't want to know!
Who killed Joffrey? Yes, Joffrey should die this season, unless they really depart from the books. He's poisoned at his own wedding, which is utterly delightful. In the books, it's not clear who exactly put the poison into his cup. Unless George R.R. Martin has a good reason not to want the TV writers to clarify this little detail, we'd love it if the show was more straightforward. Given that the poisoning appears to be a joint Tyrell/Littlefinger venture in the books, and given Margaery's increased importance on the show, we think it would be fitting if she was the one who saves herself from being married to a monster.
Shae's betrayal. In the books, Shae betrays Tyrion after he's accused of murdering Joffrey, testifying against him in exchange for a bribe from Cersei. Tyrion later finds her in his father's bed and strangles her to death.
This all works very well in the books, where Shae's motivations always seemed primarily self serving. However, TV Shae is a different beast; she seems to genuinely care about Tyrion, and it's unbelievable that she would betray him for money. Either the writers should take her story in a completely different direction — maybe Tywin finds out about her and has her killed, giving Tyrion one more reason to hate his father — or they'll need to find a better incentive for her to turn against him. Perhaps he could do something that she sees as a betrayal, first?
Beef up Brienne's role in King's Landing. Brienne and Jaime's odd couple dynamic was one of the best parts of Season 3, but Brienne doesn't have a whole heck of a lot to do in the second half of A Storm of Swords, and if the writers decided to pull in her story from the fourth book, that would mean sending her off on a lonely quest. We're hoping the writers find a way to work Brienne into more of Jaime's story next season, instead.
Expand Arya's role. Arya also has a limited role left in A Storm of Swords, since most of her remaining plot just involves wandering around with The Hound and getting into fights. In Arya's case, we actually think it might be smart for the writers to pull in some of her A Feast for Crows plot. AFFC introduces a lot of new locations (Dorne, much more detail around the Iron Islands, the Free Cities, etc.), so it might serve the show well to get Arya exploring the Free Cities next year, to save Season 5 from new location overload.
Take care of some of the Greyjoy politics. One of our biggest complaints about A Feast For Crows was the overload of info about boring Iron Island politics. If the writers are smart, they'll incorporate some of that exposition into Yara's exciting new expanded role (we have no idea how her quest to free Theon will play out) so that it doesn't seem so jarring when Season 5 rolls around.
What changes would you like to see next season? Sound off in the comments below!