‘Game of Thrones’: Which Characters Will Get a Different Ending in the Book?

Game of Thrones fans get to find out how the TV show ends before the books. It’s unknown when they’ll find out what the ending will be to the books, but there are some things known about which characters will have a different ending. Here is everything you need to know.

There are many changes between certain characters in the books and show

Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister | Helen Sloan/HBO

The show has deviated from the books quite a few times over the years. Ramsay marries someone else instead of Sansa, and Missandei and Grey Worm don’t fall in love, according to Screen Rant.

Martin revealed one of the things that was left out that he wished made it into the show. That would be Lady Stoneheart who is also Catelyn Stark.

“In the book, characters can be resurrected,” George R. R. Martin explained to Chinese Esquire. “After Catelyn’s resurrection, it was Lady Stoneheart who became a vengeful and merciless killer. In the sixth book, I still continue to write her. She is an important part of the entire book. [Keeping her character] is the change I most wish I could make in the [show].”

This falls in line to what Martin said about the ending of the show versus the book.

George R. R. Martin said secondary characters are very different in the books

The author said that many people worked together to write the final season of the show. That will be a reason why David Benioff and Dan Weiss won’t be too far off from his ending.

I don’t think [Game of Thrones show-runners] Dan and Dave’s ending is gonna be that different from my ending because of the conversations we did have,” Martin said on 60 minutes. “We’re talking here about several days of story conferences taking place in my home in Santa Fe, New Mexico.”

If you asked the book writer, he would say the series is very similar to the show. “The series has been extremely faithful compared to 97% of all television and movie adaptations of literary properties,” explained Martin.

However, tough decisions had to be made with certain characters due to timing. “But it’s not completely faithful. And it can’t be,” he said. He pointed out, “But on certain secondary characters there may be big differences.”

Martin didn’t know the show’s ending before it aired

The writer hasn’t been writing the show’s scripts for years now. That meant he didn’t know how the show ended beforehand although he did talk to the showrunners when they were working on it.

After season 4, George made a conscious decision to devote himself to the books,” Dan Weiss told Entertainment Weekly. “Anybody who’s read the books knows that task in and of itself requires about 64 hours a day to do properly, and the differences between the show and the books became difficult to track in parallel — it’s almost like he was in a weird science-fiction movie trying to keep two similar-but-different universes in his mind at the same time.”

David Benioff talked about trying to create an air of mystery around the differences between the book and show endings. “Now that the show is ahead of the books, it seems the show could ruin the books for people. So one thing we’ve talked to George about is that we’re not going to tell people what the differences are, so when those books come out people can experience them fresh.”

Book fans should expect very different endings for minor characters like Grey Worm, Missandei and Catelyn Stark. They still have to wait for the announcement of when the next book will be released.