A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin talked with Entertainment Weekly about the five characters he wishes were in Game of Thrones.
Martin says, “My books have a cast of thousands, so for practical reasons they’ve had to cut or combine many characters.”
*Major Spoilers follow for those who have not read the ASOIAF books*
Who was part of Dany’s entourage, I understand why he was cut, but I kind of miss him.
In the book series, Belwas is an enormous eunuch warrior from the fighting pits who joins Dany in Qarth.
“She’s a minor character in the first book, then vanishes and then—boom—there she is in the fifth book in a major way,” Martin tells EW.
Poole accompanies the Starks to King’s Landing and later returns to Winterfell to marry Ramsay Bolton under the false identity of Arya Stark. The storyline was instead given to Sansa leading to some controversy amongst book readers.
3) Willas Tyrell and his brother 4) Garlan
And in the Tyrell family, Loras is not the eldest son in the books. There are two older brothers, Willas and Garlan. I didn’t just put them in for hoots and giggles, they have roles to play in the last two books, and they don’t exist in the show. I’ve said from the start I wish we had more hours, but showrunners [David Benioff and Dan Weiss] work 24/7, 12 months a year.
Unless you’ve been living under her Stoneheart for the better part of a year, you’ve probably heard about this one…
Lady Stoneheart does have a role in the books. Whether it’s sufficient or interesting enough… I think it is, or I wouldn’t have put her in. One of the things I wanted to show with her is that the death she suffered changes you.
GRRM makes an interesting parallel between Stoneheart and Gandalf, from The Lord of the Rings over at EW!
He goes on to say:
Lady Stoneheart is not Cateyln. I’ve tried to set it up beforehand with Beric Dondarrion and his repeated [resurrections]. There’s a brief appearance by Beric in Book One and he rides into the city and he’s this flamboyant Southern knight. That’s not that man we meet later on.
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