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Game of Thrones: Best changes in the Show from the Books

What did Game of Thrones the show get better than the books?

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Now that Game of Thrones has ended, we can take a better look at the show in totality. Game of Thrones defined television in the last decade, even if we call it’s ending controversial, to say the least. The usual criticism that we hear about Game of Thrones is that the show did not do justice to the books. However, we cannot discard all that the show has achieved. Some of the changes in the show were actually better than books. In this article, we will take a look at those alterations.

What the show got better than the books?

Arya spending time as Tywin Lannister’s cupbearer

Game of Thrones: Best changes in the Show from the Books
Arya and Tywin at Harrenhall

Arguably the best change the show made from the books were the scenes between Arya Stark and Tywin Lannister at Harrenhall in Season 2. In the books, Arya became Roose Bolton’s cupbearer and was constantly in fear for her life and protecting her identity. Throughout the ordeal, she never conversed with him as Roose Bolton in the books was much more horrifying than in the show. However, in the show, Arya becomes the cupbearer of the orchestrator of her family’s massacre, Tywin Lannister.

During her brief job, she shared many close moments with the Lord of Casterly Rock. During this time, Tywin shared about his relationship with his father Tytos, which shaped his entire personality. Tywin was impressed by his cupbearer’s knowledge and confidence. There was constant tension between the two, as Arya was someone that Tywin really admired as a child. However, had Arya given away her identity, Tywin would have captured her, putting her family in jeopardy. This article describes the scene in great detail. This change was by far the best one Game of Thrones made from the show in the books. Kudos to David Benioff and D.B. Weiss for this.

Bronn was more involved in the show than the books

Game of Thrones: Best changes in the Show from the Books
Jerome Flynn playing Bronn in Game of Thrones

A major change the show’s writers decided to make in Game of Thrones from the books was Bronn’s significance. Bron was rarely involved in any major event in the Song of Ice and Fire. He was the same in the show as he was in the books. However, he was never important enough to injure a dragon in any battle. His character was consistent throughout the series and was a joy to watch. His witty remarks and expected betrayal from time to time was expected and hilarious at the same time.

Margaery Tyrell become a contender for the Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones: Best changes in the Show from the Books
Natalie Dormer playing Margaery Tyrell

Margaery Tyrell’s character in the books was quite different from what the show viewers got to see. In the books, she was a do-good girl and was merely a source of paranoia for Cersei and her obsession with her children. She was not part of any major conspiracy, unlike what we got to see in Game of Thrones. In the show, there is a completely different dynamic to her character. She is cunning, clever and plays an active role in the politics of the Red Keep. Natalie Dormer’s casting might have played a major role in this change. Whatever the reason might be, her character in the show was far more interesting. Moreover, it played a major role in moving the plot forward.

Battle of Hardhome

Game of Thrones: Best changes in the Show from the Books
The Night King in Hardhome

The Battle (or more suitably massacre) of Hardhome was one of the most haunting battle sequences in TV history. The way the white walkers and the Night King annihilated the human army was terrifying. But, the audience around the world truly felt the scale of the power of the White Walkers. Sadly, the books did not describe Hardhome in great detail. The Reddit user mmilovanovic87 described in well in this post. We never got to see a Point of View chapter of Hardhome as Jon Snow never went there himself. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss really pulled a masterclass with this battle scene and deserve full praise for it.

Game of Thrones (the show) and the books have always been compared with each other since the start. The showrunners have faced a major brunt of the criticism for their lack of accuracy and execution. However, in many cases the show really exceeded expectations. Some of the content produced by Game of Thrones is arguably the best that television has ever seen, even surpassing the source material. The above cases are a testament to that.

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