After the controversy surrounding Game of Thrones making a change from the A Song of Ice and Fire books by adding a rape scene in Season 4, Episode 3, the show followed it up by having an episode containing very little from the books. Season 4, Episode 4 made a lot of changes, and we’re not sure how we feel about them. Here’s what we noticed.
Dany. The way Dany takes Mereen is changed from the books. We like that in the show more of the revolution was in the hand of the slaves. That's a nice moment.
Margaery. Margaery paying secret night visits to Tommen is another event that doesn’t occur in the books, nor does Margaery hearing directly from Olenna that she killed Joffrey. Show Margaery has always had a bigger presence than book Marge, so we’re not too shocked by these changes. And in the books she does do her best to win over Tommen, so this change is still in keeping with the general plot.
Night’s Watch. There were several changes made to the Night’s Watch story. Locke being at the Wall, trying to locate Bran and/or Rickon, does not occur in the books. Also, Jon does not gather recruits to attack Craster’s Keep, and Sam definitely does not tell Jon about meeting Bran. We’ll have to wait and see how all these new developments play out in the show before we pass judgement, but we feel like they could all add up to one big red herring.
Bran. Perhaps the most significant change the episode made was to Bran’s story. We learn that the Night’s Watch deserters at Craster’s have Ghost captured, they capture Summer, and then they capture Bran and his crew. They even stab poor Hodor in the leg with a spear. None of this scene occurs even a little in the books, and like what’s going with Jon’s story, we’ll wait to pass judgement until it’s all said and done. That said, it does add some spice to his journey, so it could be a good thing.
So what do you think? Do you like all the changed this episode made, or would you prefer it if they stuck more closely to the books? Let us know in the comments!