The finale season of Game of Thrones received a lot of flak for its lack of imagination and lazy writing. Here are the main differences between the book and the series.
After the final season of 'Game of Thrones' aired, people started to realize how much of a difference there has been between the book and the tv series. In the books, there are characters that have not been even mentioned in the series. Similarly, some of the characters have died in the series but they are still alive in the books. Even though we have seen how it ends in the series and who finally got to sit on the Iron Throne, it is impossible to know how the situation is going to pan out in the books. Here we have listed the major differences between the book and the TV series of 'Game of Thrones'.
The main character for season 7 and half of season 8 was the Night King. When compared to the books, the character of the Night King turns out to be constructed entirely by the scriptwriters. The White Walkers are there in the book, but they don't have any leader, but the readers are open to the possibility that one might appear later in the series. In the books, the Night King is a character of the legends, who was a Lord Commander of the Night's Watch and fell in love with a woman from the White Walkers. He made a sacrifice for his love and was taken down by the Starks and the Wildlings 8,000 years before the events of the book happened.
According to the script and much-speculated theories by the fans, Jon Snow turned out to be the heir to the Targaryen dynasty. His real name was revealed to be Aegon Targaryen, but in the books, there is no inclination that Jon Snow is a Targaryen. Although there is a different character named Aegon Targaryen and the character is known as Young Griff who was saved by Varys when he was a baby and grew up under a different name.
It has been a pretty long wait for the book fans to learn about the fate of Jon Snow. Similar to the end of the fifth season of the show, he was stabbed multiple times by the fellow members of the Night's Watch. He loses consciousness and lies in the snow, bleeding and this is exactly where the story of the book has ended for now.
It is not clear at this point, how the dragons will show themselves fighting in the books. But George. R.R Martin designed the dragons in his books to be an unbeatable weapon. The dragons are almost invincible in the books and they continue to grow for as long as they have food. The show treated the dragons a little too differently from the books and their weakness was shown when the Night King brought down Viseryon with a spear and Euron killed Rhaegal with a Scorpion.
Missandei in the series is one of the closest friends of Daenerys and seems to be almost of the same age as hers. But, in the books, she is a 10-year-old child.
Along with Jon Snow being a Targaryen theory that started out by the fans, there was also a theory that Tyrion might also be a Targaryen. It is a popular theory among the fans that say Tyrion is not Tywin Lannister’s son, but the son of King Aerys II Targaryen. In the show, Tyrion remained to be a Lannister, but there is a chance that in the books he might turn out to be a Targaryen. When Aerys was ruling King's Landing, there were rumors about Aerys and Tyrion's mother and maybe it was a coincidence, but after Tyrion was born, Aerys hated Tywin Lannister. Apart from that, Martin also described Tyrion's appearance to be quite different from that of his siblings. His hair is silver more like the Targaryens and one of his eyes is green like his mothers and the other one is dark, much like the Targaryens.
Very few people had their fate as rough as Sansa Stark. At first, she suffered tremendously at the hand of Joffery, then she had pretty much the same treatment and worse from her third husband Ramsay and it was extremely hard for the viewers to see what Ramsey did to Sansa. But, in the books, things were quite different. She was never married to Ramsay, to begin with. Ramsay was in fact married to a girl who everyone thought to be Arya Stark and Ramsay married 'Arya' to solidify the claim to his throne. But, the girl he married was not Arya at all, she was a childhood friend of Sansa.
The image of the Red Wedding is still etched in everyone's mind and it was there Catelyn Stark was killed by the Freys. She has her throat slit and the show ended her story to that. But, in the books, Lady Stark was brought back to life by the magic of the Lord of Light. But, when she came back, she became an evil creature, full of hate. She couldn't talk because the wound on her throat never healed. In fact, Martin had mentioned it several times that he was really sorry not to see the character in the show.
Apart from Khal Drogo, Daenerys was also married to Hizdahr zo Loraq, who is a member of one of the most respectable houses of Meereen. In the show, the character died protecting her from the Sons of the Harpy, so he never got to actually marry her. In the book, even if they got married, they were never a happy couple and according to rumors, Loraq tried to poison Dany and ordered to have one of her dragons killed.
Bran is the only Stark child in the show who can warg into other animals. But in the book, all 6 Stark children, including Jon Snow, had magical skills where they can warg into the minds of the animals and have dreams about the future. The wolf sigil is not only a symbol and there is a very important connection between the Stark’s wolves and their owners in the book, but there is also a description where Ned’s children being able to see through their pet’s eyes and deal with their enemies. In the books, Arya also learned how to control cats.
Myrcella Baratheon was killed by the Sand Snakes, but she is still alive in the book. But, she suffered a lot in the hands of Ariana Martell and she became just a tool in the hands of the powerful. Ariana tried to kidnap Myrcella and crown her as Queen of Westeros and start a rebellion against Tommen and Cersei. But her plan failed when Myrcella got hurt.
Khal Drogo initially did not fall in love with Daenerys when they got married. In the first episode, when they got married, it was shown that Khal Drogo took her forcefully but in the books, when Khal Drogo and Daenerys are together it is full of love.