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Game of Thrones Season 4 Book to Screen Changes

By Edited Jul 6, 2015 4 1
GOT Season 4
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For book readers, you may be a bit confused on some of the scenes in this season’s Game of Thrones.

Here is a list of some of the more important changes from book to screen in Season 4:

(please be aware for those of you not caught up on the show, there will be SPOILERS).

 

Jaime raping Cersei

In the books, the sex scene near Joffrey’s deceased body, was consensual.  In the tv series, Cersei is resisting Jaime, resulting in a rape scene.

Jaime Cersei Rape Scene
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Oberyn’s bisexuality

The Red Viper does not have any gay sex scenes in the book.  However, it is briefly mentioned that it is rumored that he will have sexual relations with his squires when Ellaria is not around.[1]

Oberyn
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Sansa’s necklace vs. hair net

In the TV series, Oleanna playfully touches Sansa’s necklace, removing the poison stone that results in King Joffrey’s death.  However, in the book, Oleanna touches Sansa’s hair net that is covered in gems, mentioning her hair is a bit out of place.  This is when she obtains the poisoned stone that kills the king. 

Sansa & Olenna
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Daario instead of Ser Belwas

To show her force upon Meereen, Daenerys has one of her champions go up against one of best fighters in Meereen one-on-one.  In the book, Ser Belwas (a larger eunuch who is a strong fighter) shows his loyalty   to Dany by fighting one-on-one, defeating the figher from Meereen, and then defecating on the ground to show disrespect.  However, in the series, Daario competes in the one-on-one fight, displaying his loyalty to Dany and arakh skills.  He then urinates on the ground to insult the rulers of Meereen. [2]

Daario Fight Scene
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Baby White Walker

In the "Oathkeeper" episode of Game of Thrones, the last of Craster’s male-born babies was sacrificed to the White Walkers.  While little mention is made in the books up until this point of White Walkers, we have learned that they can turn corpses into “wights”.  However, this episode was the first we had seen of a live human being turned into a white walker.  Has this been happening to all of Craster’s baby offerings?[3]

Baby White Walker
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Bran & Hodor kidnapped

In the TV series, Bran and Hodor are camping when overheard speaking by Craster and his men.  They end up being kidnapped and forced to reveal that Bran is a Stark from Winterfell.  This does not happen in the books at all, nor is there the chance for Jon Snow to run into them soon, as he is headed to Craster’s Keep now. It should be interesting to see if the tv series reunites the two, or allows for another near-meet but missed experience.  [4]

Bran at Craster's Keep
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Jon Snow on his way to Craster's Keep

In the books, Jon Snow is aware that the mutineers know how small the Night’s Watch truly is.  He is aware that Mance Ryder can find out this information, but he does not travel to Craster’s Keep to try to kill the mutineers before they get to Mance.  There is too much going on at the Wall for him to leave. 

Jon Snow
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Tommen’s age

In the books, Tommen is very young, around 8 years old.  However, in this week’s episode we see that Tommen is a young teen, showing interest in the middle-of-the-night visit he receives from Margaery. [3]

Tommen & Margaery
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Brienne names OathKeeper instead of Jaime

In the books, Jaime Lannister names Ned Stark’s re-forged sword.  However, in the TV series, it is Brienne of Tarth who named the re-forged sword “OathKeeper”.

Brienne Naming "OathKeeper"
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Comments

Oct 18, 2014 10:05pm
WinterWolf
This is such an awesome comparison. I would also like to add the finale scene between Jaime and Tyrion where Jaime doesn't mention anything about Tysha. Basically, a lot of things in the season 4 finale is different from the books.
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Bibliography

  1. "Oberyn Martell." Game of Thrones Wiki. 30/04/2014 <Web >
  2. Terri Schwartz "'Game of Thrones' Michiel Huisman explains why Daario got Strong Belwas' best scene." Zap2it. 30/04/2014 <Web >
  3. Eric Levenson "Footnotes of Ice and Fire: Beyond the Wall, Ser Pounce, and More." The Wire. 30/04/2014 <Web >
  4. " Game of Thrones Goes Off Script—for Better or for Worse?." The Atlantic. 30/04/2014 <Web >

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