Differences between books and TV series

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This article is about major plot differences between the novels of A Song of Ice and Fire and the television adaptation Game of Thrones.

Game of Thrones

First season

These differences can be found between the first season of the television series and the first book, "A Game of Thrones.

The timeline and events of the TV series are seventeen years after Robert's Rebellion instead of fourteen years as in the books. The main reason in adding the two years was to allows the younger characters to be aged-up, while not affecting the timeline too much beyond the immediate past.

Winter is Coming

Extra scenes were added to give some backstory
Misc

The Kingsroad

Extra scenes were added to give some backstory
Misc

Lord Snow

Extra scenes were added to give some backstory
Misc

Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things

Extra scenes were added to give some backstory
Misc

The Wolf and the Lion

Extra scenes were added to give some backstory
Misc

A Golden Crown

Extra scenes were added to give some backstory

You Win or Die

The Pointy End

Extra scenes were added to give some backstory

Baelor

Extra scenes were added to give some backstory
Misc

Fire and Blood

Extra scenes were added to give some backstory

Second season

These differences can be found between the second season of the television series and the second book, A Clash of Kings.

Characters

The North Remembers

Extra scenes were added to give some backstory
Misc
In the books

The Night Lands

What Is Dead May Never Die

Garden of Bones

The Ghost of Harrenhal

The Old Gods and the New

A Man Without Honor

Extra scenes were added to give some backstory

The Prince of Winterfell

Blackwater

Valar Morghulis

Third season

These differences can be found between the third season of the television series and the third book, A Storm of Swords.

Valar Dohaeris

Dark Wings, Dark Words

Walk of Punishment

Many storylines are simplified.

And Now His Watch is Ended

Kissed by Fire

The Climb

The Bear and the Maiden Fair

Second Sons

The Rains of Castamere

Mhysa

References and Notes

See also westeros analysis of the Episodes.

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