‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 Update: New ‘Winds of Winter’ Chapter Online Mocks TV Series
“Game of Thrones” season 6 has already shown 3 episodes and despite being devoid of any more source material, seems to be going smoothly. On the other hand, George R.R. Martin has released a new chapter in his upcoming sixth book “The Winds of Winter.” How did the show fare compared to this new chapter?Advertisement
According to Cinema Blend, “A Song of Ice and Fire” and “Game of Thrones” have the strongest communities in fandom history. However, the majority of these fans are book readers and has voiced some very strong opinions about HBO’s handling of the story.
In the new chapter of the long-awaited sixth book released by George R.R. Martin’s, the focus is on Arianne Martell. The problem with this is that this is a character left out of the TV show. Many interpret this as Martin’s jab to the series that butchered the Dorne plot and left out Arianne.
A short passage from the new ‘Winds of Winter‘ chapter reveals Arianne as the heiress to Sunspear and her plan to use Myrcella to overthrow the Lannisters. Simultaneously, House Martell is also investing in Daenerys Targaryen’s plan to reconquer Westeros.
According to Yahoo, the chapter shows the stark contrast between the novels and the TV adaptation. In the books, House Martell is portrayed a scheming house and a strong contender for the Iron Throne. This plot is severely disregarded in ‘Game of Thrones,‘ which reduced Dorne to a mere side plot and replaced Arianne with a sickly prince.
With Prince Doran and Prince Trystane (who is Arianne’s brother in the novels) killed by the Sand Snakes, House Martell is officially extinct. The Dorne side plot might still have a few episodes left but without a doubt, will fade slowly in the background.
The question now is why HBO cut off the coolest and most feminist character in the novels and replaced her with bland characters that have no chance at succeeding House Martell due to being bastards? Maybe there are already so many powerful houses and factions that including another house would over-complicate the story of the series.
The good news is “Game of Thrones” has detached itself from Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books, including “The Winds of Winter.” This new chapter should not affect how fans view the TV series except for a few.