As one of the most successful running shows on HBO, Game of Thrones has become a cultural phenomena that seems to get better with every new season. Ever since Eddard Stark got his head chopped off in the Season 1 finale, audiences saw that this would be a completely different series that would change how we feel about favorite characters. No one is safe in Westeros and beyond, including favorite main characters.
When basing a television show off a best-selling book series, it can be tricky to navigate all the different complexities of the characters while staying true to the storyline. A great example was the HBO series, True Blood, where producers started straying from the book storyline early on in the series. While Season 1 rang true to The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris, the series quickly veered off to create a completely different plot and character lineup. Many blamed this as the reason why the show started to dwindle in ratings, and ultimately came to an end.
HBO seemed to rectify this mistake with Game of Thrones, staying pretty much spot-on with the book series by George R.R. Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire. That’s not to say there haven’t been a few small changes throughout the show. While Ed Skrein didn’t exactly have the dyed blue hair described in the book, he was a smoldering Daario Naharis that seemed to fit the bill. Yet, when he was offered the lead role in the Transporter film series, he quickly let go of his Game of Thrones character and the show had to find a replacement for Season 4.
This was a minor change that fans were able to get used to quickly, but something that’s a bit more difficult to stomach is the fact that some of the best characters from the book series are completely left out of the show. Check out our list of 12 characters that were left out of Game of Thrones, and see who’s missing from your favorite HBO series.
12 Kindly Man
11 Mance Rayder’s Son
9 Arys Oakheart
7 Arianne Martell
6 Blue Bard
5 Taena Merryweather
4 Aegon Targaryen
3 Osney Kettleblack
2 Jeyne Poole
1 Lady Stoneheart
Beric Dondarrion is briefly shown in Game of Thrones, as the man that was repeatedly brought back to life by The Lord of Light and fought The Hound and lost. However, he had a much more important role in A Storm of Swords, since he was the man that brought Catelyn Stark back from the dead. It definitely wasn’t an easy feat, since she was dead for three whole days before he was able to resurrect her, so she assumed a completely new identity known as Lady Stoneheart. With her body submerged in water for so long, her skin isn’t exactly in the best condition – not to mention the gaping hole in her throat from being slit. It isn’t just her appearance that has changed. As the leader of The Brotherhood Without Banners, she embarks on a merciless hunt to kill each and every person that has wronged her family and becomes a major force to be reckoned with in the book series. So, where is she in Game of Thrones?
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