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Sounds Like Game of Thrones Actually Improved Something from the Books

Kristian Nairn as Hodor in season six of Game of Thrones.

Kristian Nairn as Hodor in season six of Recreation of Thrones.
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Game of Thrones may need been the preferred present on tv for awhereas, however these days it’s checked out as one thing of a blended bag. That is principally due to the final season, however different choices in seasons six and 7 contributed. Hodor’s swan track was not one in every of them nevertheless it seems that’s partially due to a change the present produced from the books.

Within the new behind-the-scenes ebook Fireplace Can’t Kill a Dragon (through Entertainment Weekly), creator George R.R. Martin shared new particulars on how Hodor’s dying scene from the season six episode “The Door” will play out in A Tune of Ice and Fireplace (clearly, this implies ebook spoilers for The Winds or Winter or A Dream of Spring, the ultimate two books in his deliberate collection).

In keeping with Martin, the present’s resolution to have Hodor actually “maintain the door,” giving Bran Stark and Meera Reed an opportunity to flee, isn’t the way it’s going to play out in his model. As a substitute, Bran’s order to “maintain the door” is extra of a basic command to carry the road.

“I assumed they executed it very nicely, however there are going to be variations within the ebook,” Martin stated. “They did it very bodily, ‘maintain the door’ with Hodor’s power. Within the ebook, Hodor has stolen one of many previous swords from the crypt. Bran has been warging into Hodor and working towards along with his physique, as a result of Bran had been skilled in swordplay. So telling Hodor to ‘maintain the door’ is extra like ‘maintain this cross’—defend it when enemies are coming—and Hodor is preventing and killing them. A bit of completely different, however identical concept.”

It sounds prefer it’ll have the identical final result ultimately, however the visible symbolism and affect of getting it come from Hodor actually holding the door was such a superb transfer. It marked probably the most highly effective moments of Recreation of Thrones in later seasons. Nevertheless, don’t give the writers an excessive amount of credit score.

One other tidbit from the upcoming ebook focuses on how the present writers had been stunned that Daenerys Targaryen’s “breaking dangerous” second didn’t hit as nicely with audiences as they anticipated. As reported by Winter Is Coming, author and co-executive producer Bryan Cogman shared that he and different members of the crew had been stunned that Dany’s execution of Randyll Tarly and his son Dickon wasn’t perceived as a nasty factor. As a substitute, many viewers members noticed it as a barely disturbing however nonetheless comprehensible consequence of conflict—a brutality mirrored in different characters, together with Sansa Stark when she had Ramsay Bolton killed by his personal canine.

“In our minds, we thought the Randyll Tarly scene was disturbing. Then I watched it with a crowd of individuals at a buddy’s home they usually had been cheering. Weirdly, the viewers simply didn’t care. They beloved Dany,” he stated.

Fireplace Can’t Kill a Dragon is presently out and obtainable to learn.

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Beth Elderkin on io9, shared by Kaitlyn Jakola to Gizmodo