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‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 5: The Most Shocking Changes From The Books

Mon, May 4, 2015 11:57am EDT by Avery Thompson 13 Comments

‘Game of Thrones’ is going rogue in season five. This season has featured huge changes from the books. is breaking down the 5 most serious shifts from the books to the TV show.

Game of Thrones is taking major detours from George R.R. Martin’s novels in season five. From major character deaths to totally altered journeys, we’re rounding up the 5 biggest changes from the books to the TV show as of right now. Game of Thrones is on a very different path this season, and we’re not quite sure where the showrunners are going with it. Needless to say, we’re excited and scared.

‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 5: The Most Shocking Book Changes

1. Ser Barristan Selmy doesn’t die.  

In case you were wondering, Ser Barristan is really dead. A Game of Thrones death is always shocking, but this one hits close to home. Why, you ask? BECAUSE HE DOESN’T EVEN DIE IN THE BOOKS!

Barristan remains one of Daenerys’ most trusted advisors over the course of the books, especially A Dance with Dragons. He even becomes a point-of-view character in the book. The Sons of the Harpy rebels do kill people in Meereen, but Barristan isn’t one of them.

2. Grey Worm doesn’t die, either.

While there’s no confirmation yet as to whether Grey Worm is really dead, it doesn’t look good for him. In the books, Grey Worm encounters the Sons of the Harpy, but there’s definitely not a bloody battle like there was on the May 3 episode. By the end of A Dance with Dragons, Grey Worm is a member of the ruling council of Meereen. Here’s hoping he meets a better fate that TV Barristan!

3. Jaime never ever goes to Dorne.

Yep, Jaime Lannister never makes it to Dorne whatsoever in the books. The one-handed knight actually spends time in the Riverlands before meeting up with Brienne to retrieve Sansa from The Hound. (The Hound and Brienne had one crazy fight in the season 4 finale. No word yet on whether he made it out alive.)

I’m actually happy with the TV changes. Bronn and Jaime’s bromance is everything.

4. Tyrion’s voyage to Meereen is, well, different.

If you were tuning into the May 3 episode with the rest of the world, Tyrion was kidnapped by Jorah Mormont and headed to Meereen. Well, that’s not exactly how it goes down in the books. Tyrion’s journey is actually with Aegon Targaryen, a character we haven’t seen on the show — yet. Tyrion is captured by Jorah eventually but only after he has to perform in this embarrassing dwarf show. Oh yeah, and Varys isn’t a part of this journey at all.

5. Sansa Stark and Littlefinger stay in the Eyrie.

As of right now in season five, Sansa and Littlefinger are back in Winterfell, and Sansa is betrothed to Ramsay Bolton. The Game of Thrones showrunners have some explaining to do because this is a totally different storyline than the books. Sansa and Littlefinger never go to Winterfell because they’re still in the Eyrie. Sansa is never promised to Ramsay — thank goodness. It’s actually a fake-Arya Stark who’s betrothed to Ramsay.

6. Melisandre never comes on to Jon Snow. 

Melisandre’s attempt to seduce Jon Snow came out of left field on the May 3 episode. She flashed her fully naked body to try and woo Jon Snow to bed. Funny thing is, Melisandre never takes her relationship with Jon Snow to the next level in the books.

HollywoodLifers, how do you feel about the big Game of Thrones changes? Where do you think the show is going? Let us know!

— Avery Thompson