In The Game Of Thrones Book-TV Confusion Zone

Kish and I have been happy to see the ads for the new season of Game of Thrones on HBO. We love the show and think that everyone could use a few more dragons in their lives.

My problem, however, is that I’ve read the books and watched the TV episodes. The books take you to events beyond the TV show, and now I’m having a hard time remembering where the HBO blockbuster left off. Seeing previews with Joffrey Baratheon — that miserable, sniveling little sadist — helps to place the show on the timeline of the overall story, but there are countless other characters that I need to place on the story arc. Let’s see . . . Robb’s been killed in a monumental act of betrayal at the Red Wedding, but where are Sansa and Arya? How about Brienne of Tarth? Where was the story of Jon Snow left off? How far has Cersei slid down the path to her own personal humiliation and madness?

With a tapestry as rich as that woven by George R.R. Martin in his books, with dozens of prominent characters and hundreds of weird-sounding names, it’s not hard to lose a plot thread or two. Fortunately, HBO has recognized that and has scheduled a catch-up program to allow us all to remember precisely where things stand.

Speaking of Martin, the release date for the next book in the series, The Winds of Winter, still has not been set. Martin continues to tantalize his fans, however, by periodically releasing parts of the book — including most recently a single paragraph about Tyrion Lannister. The internet buzz is that the book has been written in rough form, is more than 1,000 pages long, and is in the process of being edited, which probably means it won’t be hitting the bookstore shelves for some time. I hope we get plenty of advance notice, because I’ll need some lead time to reread the series and get back up to speed.

Season 4 of the HBO show, in the meantime, begins on April 6.

3 thoughts on “In The Game Of Thrones Book-TV Confusion Zone

  1. I’m always glad to hear people talking about the next season of Game of Thrones, particularly an admission of “just what was that character doing?” memory problem. It’s hard to keep track of the state of the dozens of main characters (and an order of magnitude more secondary characters, who just might suddenly spring into prominence.)

    Thanks for giving the heads up on the HBO recap upcoming!

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  2. Sansa – KL, married to Tyrion and still a virgin.
    Arya – The Neck, with Sandor Clegane
    Brienne – KL, after arriving with most of Jaime
    Jon – erm… all shot up and at Castle Black? Not sure.
    Cersei – KL, disappointed with her brother’s loss of hand

    But yes, I definitely agree that a recap is most welcomed. Not sure about some things.

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