Readers of A Song of Ice and Fire, the series of novels upon which HBO’s Game of Thrones is based, know that the show sometimes take creative liberties with the plot. For example, in the books, Robb Stark’s wife is named Jeyne Westerling, not Talisa, she is never revealed to be pregnant, she is not killed at the Red Wedding, and she is certainly not stabbed in the womb. So with all the changes the show has made from the books, which character has been altered the most?
According to series author George R. R. Martin, it’s none other than Littlefinger.
In a recent interview, George says, “Book Littlefinger and television show Littlefinger are very different characters. They’re probably the character that’s most different from the book to the television show.”
He continues, “There was a line in a recent episode of the show where, he’s not even present, but two people are talking about him and someone says ‘Well, no one trusts Littlefinger’ and ‘Littlefinger has no friends.’ And that’s true of television show Littlefinger, but it’s certainly not true of book Littlefinger. Book Littlefinger, in the book, everybody trusts him. Everybody trusts him because he seems powerless, and he’s very friendly, and he’s very helpful ... So, he’s everybody’s friend.”
While Littlefinger’s reputation among his peers is certainly different on the show than in the books, we’re not quite as sure as George if he’s the most changed. A number of characters, such as Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, and good ole Robb Stark, are all about ten years older on the show than in the books. Margaery Tyrell is considerably more ambitious and plotting on the show, Joffrey Baratheon looks quite a bit different from the tall, handsome (but just as evil) Prince Charming depicted in the books, and Gendry has taken on the storyline of a completely different character (Edric Storm).
So we’re not sure that we totally agree with George’s Littlefinger statement because while his personality and impression that he gives off may be altered, his motivation remains the same: gain power at all costs.
Source: The Mary Sue