‘Game Of Thrones': 7 Biggest Plot Changes From Book To Screen

Sun, May 4, 2014 8:45am EST by 13 Comments
Game Of Thrones Biggest Plot Changes
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Posted at 1:46 AM on June 3, 2014  

The rape scene.

First off, all body language shows it WAS NOT rape. Body language over-rules spoken language.

Second, Cersei is cold, murdering, and immoral. It doesn’t matter even if she was raped

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Posted at 7:29 PM on May 6, 2014  

do y’all ever THINK that maybe the reason Cersei said no was because he wanted to do the dirty next their son’s corpse???

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Posted at 5:25 AM on May 6, 2014  

Dear Amanda,

I have to disagree with you regarding Talisa Stark. You make a lot of salient points- but I don’t see how any of them go towards establishing that it was a bad creative change to the story. And there was one argument you made that I’m not sure what you’re basing on. Granted I’ve only read the books and seen the show once each- but I don’t recall anything at all in the books that led me to believe that aSoIaF Robb was more honor bound than GoT Robb. So I’m not sure why you’d say that the former would NEVER break his vow for something like love.

But personally I’m less interested in exactly what’s true in the books and more interested in what makes for better story telling. Let’s assume you’re right about aSoIaF Robb not really loving Jayne (which you may very well be) and that he married her almost entirely out of honor-bound duty to do the right thing. Then you’d be completely right that he simply made an error. 2 in fact. First, he slept with her when he shouldn’t have (small). Second, he broke his vow to the Frey’s to remedy the first mistake (BIG). You’re right. It’s an error. Could happen to anyone.

But… why is that dramatically better than a smart, heroic, honorable and honest young man losing sight of what’s wise and right when he’s confronted with true love? He knows it’s a mistake, but he makes it anyway, because circumstances drive him to irrational behavior. Choosing love over honor or success or anything else is terrible, terrible cliche. No argument there. But not in this case… because it blows up in his face! Most of watching GoT have been seeing the bulls**t stories about love conquering all since we saw our first Disney movies. How refreshing to have a story that shows us that same scenario and then reminding us that making a decision like that can have tragic consequences.

Enjoyed your article by the way!


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Posted at 4:31 PM on May 4, 2014  

So, out of all the bad things that happen in GoT, that rape gets the most mention? They have incest, have a child out of that, get the cuckolded husband/king killed, and you are bothered about the rape? They have sex in a castle and throw off a height a small boy who witnessed them, so obviously they have no sense of right or wrong; will a rape register on their god-less minds, even the mind of the ‘victim’ of the rape? No, Not. At. All. They hold a young girl hostage, threaten her with marriage with a psychopath prince, force her to witness her dad’s beheading, torture her with that same father’s head-on-a-pike, and when convenient, force her to be married to another family member that she’s repulsed by!!! What do you think Cersei planned for Sansa when she got her ‘married’ to the dwarf? Of course that was a planned rape!

I’m amazed how much out of proportion political correctness has grown, that even bad people cannot be bad in fiction without the writer/director/producer/actor/whatever castigated for showing it. (And of course I’m referring to other similar incidents on TV, like Downton).

GoT is full of bad people and good people, ALL of whom encounter bad things. And everybody – yes, EVERYBODY – gets their comeuppance in the course of this story, sooner or later. Cersei has in the past – and will in the future – do far worse to others in the story, so please keep all this ‘how outrageous that she was raped’ down to where it belongs, as another shock tactic by TV.

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Posted at 6:25 PM on May 4, 2014  

They don’t say the rape was the worst thing to happen on Game of Thrones. They say it was the worst change from the books. And by “worst” they’re thinking in terms of plot and character development, not in terms of atrocities. (For example, I don’t believe the books have the scene where the Thenns attack that village, or what happens to Craster’s women after the mutiny, both of which are more horrific that Cersei’s rape but neither of which has much implication for the story.)

I do not at all share this article’s read of why Robb married Jeyne in the books. I remember that I immediately hypothesized some sort of love potion, or at least some very intentional seduction planted by the Lannisters, and I remember that I never considered these hypotheses resolved one way or the other. I certainly don’t see why it should be considered out of character for any teenage boy to act out of character where girls are doncerned.

To me, the worst change from the book was showing Theon’s torture.

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Posted at 4:05 PM on May 4, 2014  

Got all the way to no.7 then realised you are a twat.

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Posted at 8:35 PM on May 4, 2014  

Sorry that it took you so long to realize! Thanks for being a fan!

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Posted at 12:38 AM on June 2, 2014  

Sorry sick people exist like… that person. I agree with your list!

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Janet Castle

Posted at 3:37 PM on May 4, 2014  

Much ado about the infamous rape scene. It’s a TV show in a time long past for gods sake. Jamie has been held prisoner, lost his hand, can no longer fight, and now it looks like he has lost the love of his life. Now he has a dead son although he has never been able to bond with the children he has fathered with his sister. He has never been able to control his urges that well so I can clearly see how that scene played well into the character’s frustration at that particular time. He had non-consensual sex with her he didn’t brutalize her which is usual a component of rape.

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Posted at 2:04 PM on May 4, 2014  

There was NO rape!

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Posted at 8:55 AM on May 4, 2014  

I have to put a link to my own blog here (sorry), just because I’m tired of people saying the scene between Jaime and Cersei was consensual – or worse, “more” consensual – in the books. In the same breath, articles will reprimand Alex Graves for thinking of the TV scene as a blurred line (as they should), but then say the scene in the sept is a blurred line in the books (not cool).

To read more: http://aliceinwesteros.com/2014/04/23/the-scene-in-the-sept-part-1-stop-referencing-storm-of-swords/

Anyway, I’m definitely a big fan of the change in the Bran story line – I had no idea how they were going to keep that interesting if they wanted Bran even just to be in every other episode. I’ve always been a fan of the Tyrion and Shae romance, though, and at least the invention of Talisa kept Robb onscreen for Season 2 instead of disappearing like he does in the books.

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Posted at 8:39 PM on May 4, 2014  

I clicked and read your blog and I do agree the show depicts a rape, the passage from the book found on your blog shows it was clearly distasteful in the setting, it was by no means a rape–

“There was no tenderness in the kiss he returned to her, only hunger. Her mouth opened for his tongue. “No,” she said weakly when his lips moved down her neck, “not here. The septons…”

“The Others can take the septons.” He kissed her again, kissed her silent, kissed her until she moaned. Then he knocked the candles aside and lifted her up onto the Mother’s altar, pushing up her skirts and the silken shift beneath. She pounded on his chest with feeble fists, murmuring about the risk, the danger, about their father, about the septons, about the wrath of gods. He never heard her. He undid his breeches and climbed up and pushed her bare white legs apart. One hand slid up her thigh and underneath her smallclothes. When he tore them away, he saw that her moon’s blood was on her, but it made no difference.

“Hurry,” she was whispering now, “quickly, quickly, now, do it now, do me now. Jaime Jaime Jaime.” Her hands helped guide him. “Yes,” Cersei said as he thrust, “my brother, sweet brother, yes, like that, yes, I have you, you’re home now, you’re home now, you’re home.” She kissed his ear and stroked his short bristly hair. Jaime lost himself in her flesh. He could feel Cersei’s heart beating in time with his own, and the wetness of blood and seed where they were joined.

–Now the part where she is murmuring about the risk, the danger, about their father, about the septons, about the wrath of gods, those are all things that have been factors that have played against them from the start of their weird ass relationship. Plus if Cersei was truly being raped, would she really only ‘pound on his chest’? Plus the last paragraph spoken by Cersei puts a nail in the coffin of your theory completely. “do it now, do me now” or how about ‘Her hands helped guide him.’ ‘She kissed his ear and stroked his short bristly hair’. Now I do not view this as rape by any means, women don’t enjoy being raped.

If you do see this as a rape, frankly that’s more disturbing. I don’t know if your familiar with the 1971 film “Straw Dogs” but it contains a very controversial “rape” scene. A quick quote from the films Wikipedia page–

“Critics accused director Peckinpah of glamorizing and eroticising rape and of engaging in misogynistic sadism, and male chauvinism, especially disturbed by the scene’s intended ambiguity—after initially resisting, Amy appears to enjoy parts of the first rape, kissing and holding her attacker. It is claimed that the enactment purposely catered to entrenched appetites for desired victim behavior and reinforces rape myths.”

–So a film that came out in 1971 with a depiction of a “rape” scene, was hugely controversial for portraying the women as just, going along with it, and even enjoying it. So are you honestly accusing George R.R. Martin of portraying “desired victim behavior and reinforcing rape myths” in the book? Or, the more likely answer, since I’ve never heard anyone else make the rape case for the book is you are a believer in these exact rape myths. I’m sorry but a women will not succumb to her rapist and eventually enjoy it, that is the same rape myth the film ” Straw Dogs” propagated. I’m not saying that all will trash and fight, people will deal with traumatic experiences differently, I am saying your not likely to see a rape victim embracing and urging on an assailant. Oh and men get raped too, so if I offended anyone for using her, she, or women to often, I apologize, I meant no dis-respect.

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