Game of Thrones Season 4 was originally believed to be based on the latter half of A Storm of Swords, the third book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series. However, in light of some of the recent casting news, it now seems that the show will also be incorporating elements from the fourth and fifth books in the series, A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons, respectively. With so much material to draw from, the show won’t be able to include everything, so here are some of the scenes we think are best left on the page.
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The return of Ser Dontos. Remember way back in Season 2 at Joffrey’s nameday tournament, when Sansa convinced Joff not to murder a knight who showed up drunk, and he was made a fool instead? Well, in case you need a refresher, that knight was Ser Dontos, and in the books, he stays in constant contact with Sansa after that first interaction, and leads her to believe that he will help her escape King’s Landing. He eventually does help her escape at Joffrey’s wedding, but it’s revealed that he’s been working for Littlefinger. This is all well and good in the books, but the show is a different matter. Dontos hasn’t spoken to Sansa at all since she saved his life, so if he shows up now with a plan to help her escape, viewers will be scratching their heads over just who this guy is supposed to be. Littlefinger has already had a lot of direct contact with Sansa on the show, so there's really no reason to bring Dantos into it.
Hyle Hunt. In A Feast for Crows, Brienne sets off on a journey to find Sansa and bring her to safety. While the idea of Brienne on a righteous journey sounds cool, she basically just spends a lot of the time meeting boring people on the road and then moving on. Foremost among these people is Hyle Hunt, a knight she knows from her days in Renly’s army. It’s revealed that Hunt was involved in a wager with other soldiers to take Brienne’s virginity back in the day, and that he had cruelly convinced her that he was in love with her. Despite this, he accompanies Brienne on her journey, not really filling any role, and then ends up being hanged. His presence feels like a waste of time that never really advances the plot, and we will shed no tears if he’s cut.
Shae the turncoat. During the trial of Tyrion Lannister, Shae is one of the prime witnesses against Tyrion, and tells all sorts of embarrassing lies about their relationship to the court. After Tyrion is found guilty, he escapes prison and finds Shae naked in Tywin’s bedroom, so he murders her. There are a number of reasons this won’t work on the show. For one, the Shae of the show is a very different character than in the books. The book’s Shae is more concerned with fancy clothing and jewelry that Tyrion provides for her, while on the show she’s very sweet and seems to be very much in love with Tyrion, so her turning on him in the courtroom seems wildly out of character. Secondly, Tyrion can’t murder Shae on the show. He just can’t. He’s the most likable character on the show, and likable characters just don’t murder their girlfriends.
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