Game of Thrones has undoubtedly left the pages of the book when it comes to its story. With the release of the first episode, more plots from the books have now been scrapped.
Screen Rant listed three scenes from the first season that made many events in books practically obsolete. With George R.R. Martin’s sixth book The Winds of Winter far from complete, this seems to be a wise decision to prevent the show from running out of plot.
First is Brienne of Tarth finally being able to take Sansa Stark under her care. After rescuing Sansa and Theon from their pursuers, Brienne swears an oath to Sansa, the same oath she swore to her mother. Although to begin with, Sansa’s marriage to Ramsay was not in the books, and her rescue was supposedly accomplished with the help of Mance Rayder, which as we all know, is dead.
But Brienne and Sansa together seem to be the last nail in the coffin for the Lady Stoneheart plot, which calls for the resurrection of Catelyn Stark.
Their current plan is to escape to Castle Black and seek shelter with Sansa’s half-brother Jon Snow. We all know that won’t happen, and the only alternatives are to seek refuge with northern lords loyal to the Starks or go to the seat of House Tully in Riverrun to join other blood relatives. It can also be assumed that Theon will go with them, as Sansa would not want to leave the closest thing she has to family.
Second is the current madness in Dorne. Until Game of Thrones season 4, Dorne was only known for its wine and weather, but with the recent actions of Ellaria, it seems that Dorne will be part of the center stage in the struggle for the Iron Throne.
In the books, Dorne allies itself with the remaining members of House Targaryen. First, with Daenerys, and then with someone who has better claim to the throne as well as Dornish blood, Aegon, son of Rhaegar, and Ellia Martell. Aegon, who was supposedly killed by the Mountain, appears in the books to reclaim the throne of his grandfather.
The plot is now in tatters with the murder of Prince Doran, the leader of Dorne and the one who negotiates both alliances, revealing him to be a schemer far from the sickly and frail leader portrayed in the show. But with Doran dead and Daenerys having no idea that Dorne might be willing to assist in her invasion of Westeros, the plot is as dead as Ned Stark.
Finally, there is Melisandre, her revelation in the first episode was a surprise to book readers and non-book readers alike. This has given an authenticity to her magic after she herself caused doubt by explaining to Selyse Baratheon that most of her show of power are owed mostly to potions and powders. An important detail that hasn’t been mentioned in the series but explicitly mentioned in the books is that her magic is revealed to be more powerful near the wall.
Melisandre bringing Jon Snow back to life seems the most persistent theory about her future. She recently revealed her powers to defy death, and with a priest of R’hllor proving the ability to resurrect the dead, Jon Snow’s return is highly possible.
Jon Snow’s return is only imperative for Melisandre due to the fact that Stannis Baratheon is dead in Game of Thrones. In the books, Stannis is alive and well, and it is him whom she believes is Azor Ahai, not Jon Snow, as in the case of the series.
With Season 6 no longer based on the books, both readers and viewers are on equal ground. No more asking readers for spoilers and nobody questioning the events for not following the books. It seems Game of Thrones has finally reached the point where it can write its own story.