Game of Thrones Season 4 Spoilers: Major Book Changes Coming Our Way
While Game of Thronesis based upon the book series A Song of Ice and Fire, the show does sometimes take its own creative liberties with the plot. Season 4 looks like it may contain the biggest deviations from the novels of any season thus far. Why? We've gathered some of the biggest examples.
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Bronn’s fight scene. According to Jerome Flynn, who portrays Bronn, he nearly injured one of his costars in a swordfight in the upcoming season. Sounds pretty intense, and we love seeing Bronn fight... but his storyline in the books pretty much drops off around this time and he doesn’t fight anyone else, so it looks like the showrunners are making up reasons to keep him around. Not that we have an issue with that. We love Bronn!
No singer for Littlefinger to blame. A Song of Ice and Fire author George R. R. Martin discussed some of the show’s changes from his books at Capclave 2013, and one character we shouldn’t expect to see next season is the singer Marillion. On the show, Marillion had his tongue ripped out by Joffrey in Season 1, which is a problem when it comes to strick book adherence. In the books, Marillion is working as a singer in the Vale when Littlefinger and Sansa arrive there, and he ultimately takes the blame away from Littlefinger for Lysa’s murder. Without Marillion, Littlefinger’s going to be in a pickle, since GRRM believes no other character will take the singer’s place. Does this mean Littlefinger will be accused of Lysa’s murder? That would be a major change...
No older Tyrell brothers. So far, the show has omitted the elder Tyrell brothers, Garlan and Willas, from the story, but book fans have been saying there's always the chance that they could show up at a later date. Not so, says GRRM. He says that the show has deleted Willas and Garlan entirely, which could be a problem down the road, as they will play an important role in the future books. We’re sure the show will find a way around them though, most likely by giving parts of their roles to Loras, which is what the show has done so far.
New people being burned. Winteriscoming.net has uncovered some spectacular set photos depicting three people being burned at the stake while an audience observes. The presence of the ocean coupled with the flags depicting Stannis’s sigil tell us that these burnings are likely occurring at Dragonstone. In the books, Melisandre burns Stannis’s hand Alester Florent after he tries to make a deal with the Lannisters for peace, but Florent is not a character on the show, and we haven’t heard any casting news suggesting he’s going to be. So the question remains: Who’s going to burn? And why?