Take the 2-minute tour ×
Movies & TV Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for movie and tv enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

It has been a while since I read the books, but season 5 feels totally different from what I remember.

I don't remember Sansa being raped (she wasn't in Winterfell), Tyrion meeting Mormont and Jaime travelling to Dorne. These are just a few examples, but it feels like a lot more has changed.

What has changed in terms of the plot in Season 5 of Game of Thrones in comparison to the books?

share|improve this question
grrm.livejournal.com/427713.html –  his May 19 at 16:29
Does it matter? The show is only based on the books. From what I understand, the plan is for them to branch significantly in the future. –  Catija May 19 at 17:01
@Catija "Does it matter?" - Does it matter if it matters? The question isn't if the changes are good or bad, just what the changes are. –  Napoleon Wilson May 19 at 17:02
@NapoleonWilson How does knowing the differences between the TV show and the books affect your experience of the TV show? –  Catija May 19 at 17:03

1 Answer 1

up vote 5 down vote accepted

list of some changes for Season 5: more here

For the first six episodes:

1. The Wars to Come

  • Cersei was accompanied by two girls instead of one, when she went to see Maggy
  • Maggy's prophecy has several differences in the books
  • Maggy predicts that Robert Baratheon will have sixteen children rather than twenty
  • Maggy's physical appearance is quite different in the show
  • Petyr Baelish never agreed to foster Robin Arryn at Runestone
  • Brienne never told Podrick to leave, she was in fact never less than polite to him.
  • Cersei never thought Jaime had released Tyrion but suspected the Tyrells, because a golden coin of House Gardener was found in the possession of the missing galoer, who disappeared the same night Tyrion did
  • Varys never went to Pentos with Tyrion
  • Jon never went to see Mance, and Stannis never asked him to convince him to kneel
  • Mance was not very calm during his execution, he was screaming and begging until his death
  • It was not Jon himself but several archers on his orders who shot Mance
  • Lancel Lannister never joined the Sparrows

2. The House of Black and White

  • Petyr and Sansa never leave the Vale
  • The Faceless Man Arya encountered had a different appearance - did not like Jaqen H'gharr
  • Ellaria did not wish for war with the Lannisters to avenge Oberyn's death
  • Jaime never goes to Dorne to rescue Myrcella
  • Bronn does indeed marry Lollys Stokeworth, and never goes to Dorne with Jaime
  • Mace Tyrell never serves as Master of Coin
  • Kevan demands Cersei name him Regent, to rule until Tommen comes of age, and that she leave King's Landing
  • Mossador does not kill a Son of the Harpy against Daenerys's wishes. In fact, he is killed by the Sons of the Harpy. Also, he is Missandei's brother in the books and his death devastates Missandei
  • Jon wins by a huge margin, not a single vote.

3. High Sparrow

  • Due to Tommen Baratheon being nine years old, he and Margaery Tyrell have currently not consummated their marriage
  • Jon's steward is an Oldtown boy named Satin, who was raised as a whore
  • Littlefinger does not intend to marry Sansa to Ramsay Bolton, he instead plans to marry her to Robin's heir Harrold Hardyng
  • Littlefinger also disguises Sansa's childhood friend Jeyne Poole as Arya Stark and marries her to Ramsay instead
  • Tyrion does have sex with the whore in the brothel
  • Jorah had the Daenerys lookalike whore on his lap when he noticed Tyrion
  • When Arya disposes of her possessions in the canal, she returns to the House of Black and White completely naked

4. The Sons of the Harpy

  • Barristan Selmy is not slain by the Sons of the Harpy, he is still alive and also a POV character in the latest novel
  • Cersei sends another Kingsguard, Balon Swann, to take Myrcella back
  • Littlefinger does not intend to return to King's Landing
  • Loras Tyrell is never arrested for his sexuality

5. Kill the Boy

  • Daenerys did not intimidate the head of each family of Meereen using her dragons. Instead she took hostages (children) from each of the noble families to serve as her "cupbearers"
  • Jon sent Val, a wildling girl who was a companion of Mance's wife Dalla, north of the wall to find the Wildlings after the battle. The remaining Wildlings were led by Tormund himself, as he was not captured during the battle
  • Walda Bolton is not believed to be pregnant, although Roose does mention to Reek that if they had any children he suspects Ramsay would kill them
  • Davos did not march with Stannis, he was sent to negotiate with Lord Manderly at White Harbor, hoping to get him to side with Stannis
  • Jorah and Tyrion never went near Valyria, as in the books anyone who sails within hundreds of miles of it vanishes without a trace
  • Jorah was never infected with Greyscale

6. Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken

  • Jorah is not made aware of hisfather's death
  • Tyrion and Jorah are captured when slavers board their ship rather than on land
  • The Sand Snakes planned to spark a war with the Lannisters, but with different means
  • In the books, Ellaria Sand does not play any part in the scheme involving Myrcella, yet she is still arrested along with her four young Sand Snakes
  • Olenna Tyrell has not returned to King's Landing since the High Sparrow became High Septon
  • Margaery Tyrell was arrested due to rumors that she was unfaithful to Tommen, rumors that were mostly invented by Cersei
  • Ramsay marries Jeyne Poole under the guise of Arya Stark, not Sansa.Theon was forced to participate in Ramsay and Jeyne's wedding night by stripping her clothes and performing oral sex on her to "warm her up", before he is made to watch. In the TV series, he is merely forced to watch Ramsay force himself on Sansa.
share|improve this answer
Links die, so please be sure to edit your answer to include the actual content of the link using quote text. –  Catija May 19 at 19:35
uhhh did a bad copy paste with my phone –  Redbeard May 19 at 19:54
Dude, this is plagiarism. You've copied word for word the original text from the link you provided. Just citing where you got the information is not enough to bypass copyright rules (and yes even Wikis licensed under CCA licences are bound by copyright laws); this is why we don't allow copy paste of Wikipedia etc: We regularly smack down anything that copies wholesale; we want a contextual quote with the most relevant information to the answer, and always a link to the rest.Jeff Atwood. –  Mooz May 20 at 3:12
ah sorry, gonna fix that later. I am on my phone tight now –  Redbeard May 20 at 6:20
+1. After reading the comments, the movie SE does not seem like a welcoming place so let me be the first to welcome you and hope you enjoy it here. Hope to see more of your contributions! –  Peter Raeves May 20 at 21:37

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.