Now that Game Of Thrones has officially outpaced the novels it’s based on, showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff agreed that the HBO fantasy series would deviate from George R.R. Martin‘s source material.
And in a new excerpt from Martin’s newest novel The Winds of Winter, it’s clear they weren’t kidding around!
The newest book in the Song Of Ice and Fire series features several storylines and major characters that fans of the show haven’t even met before!
For example, the latest chapter is told from the perspective of Princess Arienne Martell of Dorne, an important point-of-view character in the novels who doesn’t even exist in the show!
In the books, Airenne is the eldest daughter of Prince Doran Martell — who was suddenly killed off in the Season 6 premiere episode — and the heiress to House Martell’s seat at Sunspear, the capital of Dorne.
Aside from Airenne, the new passage is riddled with characters and plotlines that never made GoT — which swapped out Doran’s meticulously crafted revenge plot (yawn!) for Ellaria’s cutthroat takeover with the Sand Snakes (all minor characters in the books)!
Check out a passage from the excerpt (below) to find out just how far Martin’s books have deviated from the Emmy-winning series!
“Nyrn and Tyene may have reached King’s Landing by now, she mused, as she settled down crosslegged by the mouth of the cave to watch the falling rain. If not they ought to be there soon. Three hundred seasoned spears had gone with them, over the Boneway, past the ruins of Summerhall, and up the kingsroad. If the Lannisters had tried to spring their little trap in the kingswood, Lady Nym would have seen that it ended in disaster. Nor would the murderers have found their prey. Prince Trystane had remained safely back at Sunspear, after a tearful parting from Princess Myrcella. That accounts for one brother, thought Arianne, but where is Quentyn, if not with the griffin? Had he wed his dragon queen? King Quentyn. It still sounded silly. This new Daenerys Targaryen was younger than Arianne by half a dozen years. What would a maid that age want with her dull, bookish brother? Young girls dreamed of dashing knights with wicked smiles, not solemn boys who always did their duty. She will want Dorne, though. If she hopes to sit the Iron Throne, she must have Sunspear. If Quentyn was the price for that, this dragon queen would pay it. What if she was at Griffin’s End with Connington, and all this about another Targaryen was just some sort of subtle ruse? Her brother could well be with her. King Quentyn. Will I need to kneel to him?”
Trystane and Myrcella still alive? Another Martell named Quentyn? Who’s marrying KHALEESI??
Click HERE to read the full excerpt from the very different season six, The Winds Of Winter!
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