Game of Thrones is an extremely dense book and TV series. Remembering all the characters names, for one thing, is a difficult task. Yet, add to that the difficulty of keeping track of fan theories and storylines that have been left to the side, well, then you have yourself a real challenge. Whilst some book readers (myself not included) have been critical of the changes, or rather deviations, that the TV series has made from the original books, condensing George R. R. Martin’s novel series was absolutely crucial. There are over two thousand characters in the books. Could you imagine dividing under ten hours per season between two thousand characters? We’d have thirty second slots for each. Don’t fact check me on that.
Yet, there are still some awesome characters, theories and storylines from the books that are not in the TV series. There are also a few storylines that were initially explored by the show, which have now been largely forgotten. So, here are five characters, theories and storylines that probably wont make it into the show, or even come to completion.
1. Lady Stoneheart
Back at the end of Season 3, books readers were left disappointed at the removal of Lady Stoneheart. Following the Red Wedding, Catelyn Stark’s body is tossed in the river. The Brotherhood without Banners find it a few days later. Now, as we know, the Brotherhood without Banners are under the command of Beric Dondarion, who has himself returned from the dead on several occasions. When the Brotherhood find Catelyn’s body, Harwin (book character sworn to Ned Stark) begs Thoros to bring her back. Thoros refuses, yet Beric bends down and kisses Catelyn’s dead lips. She rises. Catelyn then becomes Lady Stoneheart – a woman intent on revenge. Lady Stoneheart’s omission was disappointing. Yet it was crucial in maintaining suspense around Jon Snow’s resurrection. If she would have come back, then Jon’s resurrection would have been predictable. I think it is time to let her go now.
2. Syrio Forel = Jaqen H’ghar
I think it is time to let this one go also. Whilst the books might go on to prove or disprove this fan theory (a link is certainly there between the characters), I doubt the TV series will pursue it. If you’re unfamiliar with the theory, the general idea is that Syrio survived his encounter with Meryn Trant. Rather than dying, Syrio was apparently captured and assumed the face of Jaqen H’ghar. Should you require more info, a quick Google will tell you all you need to know. Now, though it is a nice theory, I cant see what the point would be in bringing Syrio back. The White Walkers are on their way. This is no time for nostalgia. Whether we see Jaqen again is another matter entirely. It could happen. Though to be honest, the Braavos storyline was pretty dull, so I’d rather not go back.
3. Warlocks of Qarth
This storyline is more prominent in the books, though it does at least feature in the TV series. Back in Season 2, Danny’s Dragons are stolen by the Warlocks of Qarth. Danny goes into the House of the Undying to rescue them. However, the Warlocks cast powerful visions that eventually entrap her. The event is quite different in the books, yet both arrive at the same outcome. Danny’s Dragons kill the Warlocks and set her free. Yet, this act does not go unanswered, as the Warlocks seek revenge. In season 3, the Warlocks attempt to kill Danny using a manticore. Since then, the TV show has not touched on their quest for revenge. I think this will have to be a storyline left for the books. However, who knows. The show could end with Danny being killed by a blue-lipped Warlock…
4. The Iron Bank of Braavos
Throughout Seasons one to five, the Iron Bank of Braavos is frequently mentioned. First we have Ned Stark’s discovery of Robert Baratheon’s excessive spending in Season 1. Then there’s Tywin’s admission to Cersei that the crown is greatly indebted to the Bank in Season 3. In Season 4 we actually get the chance to see inside the Iron Bank with Stannis Baratheon and Ser Davos. Season 5 sees Mace Tyrell travel to Braavos to renegotiate the terms of repayment. However, Season Six saw no further mention of the Iron Bank. I personally enjoyed the financial dimension the Iron Bank of Braavos added. Yet it’s difficult to see how they will come into play for the two final series. The books may go into more detail still. However, I think the Iron Bank will not feature in the remaining episodes.
5. Young Griff A.K.A Aegon Targaryen
So this is a massive spoiler for those who have not read the books. So I’ll take this moment to apologise… Basically, the son of Rhaegar Targaryen (Aegon)who The Mountain ‘killed’ is actually still alive. The story goes that Varys swapped the infant Aegon with another baby boy, as Tywin Lannister’s forces began the sack of King’s Landing. Varys smuggled the boy across the narrow sea and there entrusted him to exiled Lord, Jon Connington. In the books, Aegon travels under the alias of Young Griff. Whilst Danny continues her struggle in Slaver’s Bay, Aegon, now a man, raises an army of sellswords. They land in Westeros and conquer the Stormlands, the Baratheon homeland. It is highly unlikely that Young Griff will be introduced now, though, as it would just confuse the plot. However, his storyline is still a great read.