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The 6 Game of Thrones Characters Whose Stories Are Totally Different In The Books

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SPOILER ALERTS. Kinda cool to see how the TV show is not just taking on a life of its own but is actually driving the whole train now.

The show is SO different from the books now! Thank you for this handy reference, HB.

In the show, Brienne and Pod are hot on the trail of Sansa and Littlefinger. But, as I've already mentioned above, Sansa and Littlefinger aren’t on any kind of trail in the books. So, what should Brienne and her squire be doing right now, instead? According to the books, still looking for Sansa and killing a bunch of low-level bad guys along the way. In the novels, Brienne has yet to find neither Sansa nor Arya, meaning even that badass fight with the Hound from last season was a show invention. The basics of Brienne’s plot in the book (which is kind of an aimless one) are still in effect here, and her fireside chats with Pod and stirring monologue about King Renly fit the spirit, if not always the letter, of her story line in the books. But if Brienne happens to run into a (spoiler alert!) familiar face or kill some bad guys that stand between her and Sansa, then why would book readers complain? The real question for book readers is whether Winterfell-bound Brienne (spoiler alert!) will take the place of another book character who has been taken out of the running. And, more importantly, will she finally meet that person (spoiler alert!) we’ve all been waiting for?

On the bright side, the books are no longer spoilers for the show since no one knows what's going to happen next!

You’ll want to thank your lucky stars Weiss and Benioff took it upon themselves to make major changes to Sansa’s original story line. If not, you’d be subjected to a lot of boring (from a TV perspective) scenes of Sansa, under the secret identity of Alayne, and her little cousin Robin wandering around the Eyrie. A recently released chapter of George R.R. Martin’s next book, The Winds of Winter, finds Sansa still hanging at the Vale with Littlefinger and includes descriptions that are inline with the little girl of the book (e.g., “her tummy gave a little flutter”) but not at all in keeping with the young woman Sophie Turner has become. Thankfully, the show decided to send Sansa to Winterfell in place of another character, Jeyne Poole (don’t worry, you’ll never meet her). Now things are way more interesting for Sansa and completely unpredictable for book readers. Will Sansa follow Jeyne Poole’s path, or is another, (spoiler alert!) even more dramatic arc in her future? We have no real way of knowing, but as long as the older Stark girl continues to grow more empowered (and not, as some fear, headed for a repeat of her role as victim), we’ll be watching enthusiastically.

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