Wanted to start a thread for us book people to chat in light of the 8th season and its turns etc.
So this will effectively be a spoiler thread for anyone who is being a pure book reader and waiting for the books if they ever come.
(Yes yes, I should really use ASOIAF if we’re talking books. Suck it.)
Specifically I was thinking about the divergences with the books and the TV.
Lady Stoneheart: Still seems weird to me they swerved this. At the time some people talked about it being too supernatural but obviously that looks utterly ridic when you look at Season 5 onwards…
Anyway, removing her has mean the TV show has Beric being important including bringing Sandor back and having him fight the wights with his flaming sword.
I feel like Stoneheart is actually much closer to Dany in S8 E5 TBH, she is purely up for revenge and would definitely burn the whole of King’s Landing just to fuck up Cersei. I guess she would go North once the Freys are dealt with but she obviously knows she isn’t really there to be mother to anyone and she always hated Jon.
Bronn: I really felt that Bronn’s story ended when he was given Lollys and lands in Book 3 and that the show only brought him back because he was character TV viewers enjoyed at a lot (I enjoy him too TBF). So I guess do we reckon he is going to be coming back?
The Hound and The Mountain: Cleganebowl has been a thing for so long it was only when I was thinking about the books I realised how unlikely it seems to be at the end of book 5. Or am I being naive? I mean much like Bronn, the fleeting glimpse of Sandor alive with the Brothers felt like a goodbye point for the character, as if to say “Yeah, he’s not dead but he’s limping like fuck and permanently screwed and he won’t be doing any more fighting.” I actually completely missed it was him on my first read.
Meanwhile I also completely missed who Ser Robert Strong was at first. I mean they send a skull down so does he even have a head? I think there was some speculation about that by whichever POV characters meet him. So for me I never really had a meeting of the two pegged. Felt like both died and were brought back to life in very changed and broken forms.
The Others and White Walkers: Another one where I had to check the web to make sure but, yeah, The Night King never exists in the books and I guess there’s a good chance he never will. I’m not even sure the White Walkers have much in the way of analytical thought. Feels more like pure zombie-ness where they have no particular goal.
Makes me wonder if they’ll ever be significant to the endgame.
I haven’t even talked about the stuff the TV completely removed, e.g. Jon Connington and ‘Prince Aegon’. I guess the show is confirming he’s definitely a fake?
Tagging some bookwankers that I know of: @hip_young_gunslinger @kenako @whiterussian @dingaling @Rarity @ghosthalo - apols if some of you haven’t read ASOIAF. I guess you can just mute the thread. All of you can if we’re being honest, I don’t care, although you may as well @ some other BWs for the lols before you do, eh?