Game Of Thrones, Season 5, Episode 5


HBO's Game of Thrones made another big deviation from the book series its based on last night and a lot of people are wondering what George R.R. Martin, the mastermind behind your obsession, has to say. And he has a lot to say!

"How many children did Scarlett O'Hara have? Three, in the novel. One, in the movie. None, in real life: she was a fictional character, she never existed," Martin wrote in his blog. "The show is the show, the books are the books; two different tellings of the same story."

Here's what happened. Spoilers, obviously. Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) was raped on her wedding night by Ramsay Bolton. This is not in the books.

"There have been differences between the novels and the television show since the first episode of season one. And for just as long, I have been talking about the butterfly effect. Small changes lead to larger changes lead to huge changes," Martin wrote. "HBO is more than forty hours into the impossible and demanding task of adapting my lengthy (extremely) and complex (exceedingly) novels, with their layers of plots and subplots, their twists and contradictions and unreliable narrators, viewpoint shifts and ambiguities, and a cast of characters in the hundreds."

Martin cited other projects that have been translated from page to TV screen and seen major changes, such as True Blood and Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse novels and Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead comic series and AMC's TV show.

Game of Thrones, Episode 505


"Prose and television have different strengths, different weaknesses, different requirements," he said. "David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] and Bryan [Cogman] and HBO are trying to make the best television series that they can. And over here I am trying to write the best novels that I can."

Long story short? Relax. It happens. But don't fret too much. "[A]ll of us are still intending that at the end we will arrive at the same place," he said.

Read his whole post at his Livejournal now.

Game of Thrones airs Sundays, 9 p.m. on HBO.

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