Warning: Spoilers BELOW
Over the past day, the fans of Game of Thrones have exploded, either with vehemence or with excitement over the most recently leaked picture from the set of Game of Thrones, Season Five. The picture depicts a complete shift from almost anything resembling the plot line fans were expecting in the book, and leaves one wondering what large-scale changes the new season will bring. The leaked image is set in what is confirmed to be, Daznak’s Pit, the only thing in keeping with the canon from A Song of Ice and Fire. Already, fans were shocked and somewhat dismayed to see leaked pictures of Tyrion Lannister interacting with Daenery Targaryen– an encounter that has not taken place in the books as of yet. However, this picture depicts and even more intriguing (and equally un-chronicled by George R.R. Martin) moment in which Daenarys, Missandei, Tyrion, Daario Naharis, and Ser Jorah come together in the aftermath of what looks like what will be a violent altercation onscreen. It is certainly interesting when these many major characters come together, but even more interesting when their meeting is not something that has happened in the books.
While Tyrion has certainly not met the Mother of Dragons in George R.R. Martin’s latest book, nor have the two converged in a fighting pit, said pit is mentioned in the books. Daenerys is found there, attending a fight celebrating her marriage– a matter which will certainly interest fans as it takes place in the show. However, the wedding is hardly what will capture show-watcher’s attention if HBO stays at all close to the books. The final chapters of A Dance with Dragons tell of a harrowing tale, that is catalyzed by the events that take place in Daznak’s Pit. Dragons will be ridden. Khaleesis will disappear. A city will fall into chao. An invasion will loom on the horizon. This and much more we know we have to look forward to, if we have read Dance. However, until the release of the latest picture, even the most extravagant of guessers would have predicted such a situation as the image suggests.
This marks a change in precedent for the show, as HBO seems to be making dramatic changes to the plots of major characters. Those who have read A Song of Ice and Fire may no longer be able to rest in assurance, knowing the outcome of the plot. From using flashbacks, to sending Jaime Lannister to Dorne, to this latest development, it’s obvious that the writers of the show are changing things up from the original plot described in the books. As the show begins, we can probably expect more deviations from the books.
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