Game of Thrones: Garden of Bones - A Novel Approach

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Would anyone have had so much disrespect for Catelyn Stark to send Littlefinger to her baring Eddard Stark's bones? Not in George R. R. Martin's written series, "A Song of Ice and Fire," they wouldn't. That's just one of the differences encountered this week.

Check out some more below and be sure read the official TV Fanatic "Garden of Bones" review by Matt Richenthal.

GoT Novel Approach

Sansa got off lightly
We witnessed some pretty wicked field surgery while her brother, Robb, was at war, completely at the whim of the screenwriters, as they highly lightened the sentence Sansa suffered at the hands of her "love" Joffrey. Not only was she more severely beaten in the novel, she was also smashed over the head with a melon in an attempt by her man to humiliate her rather than hurt her, thus saving her from Joffrey's wrath.

Tyrion did save the say, and cared for a severely wounded Sansa in the Tower of the Hand, again showing her the utmost care and compassion.

Given Tyrion's love of whores, he would have never submitted the two to Joffrey at that particular time. It was a wonderful way to extend just a bit more hatred for the boy king, as if we hadn't already had our fill. I found it an interesting choice to go lightly on Sansa and save the pain for the fallen ladies. Was that done to give the audience a break? Perhaps a belief that Martin wrought too much upon the Stark girls and another way to show Joffrey's tyranny was in order.

The Garden of Bones
The phrase was never used in the books. Interesting, no? While the idea was made clear, Qarth (am I the only one who thinks this word must be added to the Word With Friends dictionary?) only allowed those to enter from whom they could pluck their very life, it was never uttered.

As Dany's story continued to change, she was denied entrance to Qarth upon arrival. How would the city have become the Garden of Bones if they had played at such games? Part of the ease of creating said bones was their false hospitality, given without a fight. Dany didn't have to fight to get her people inside as the gate was opened willingly and anxiously upon her arrival. But the television Daenerys has had to fight even to be fooled.

Not my Tyrion
As I said earlier, my Tyrion would never disrespect Catelyn Stark so much as to send the creepy Littlefinger, a louse of a man with an incurable crush on Catelyn, to impart Eddard's bones to her. Tyrion did ensure Ned's bones made their way to Catelyn, but not by Littlefinger's hand. It rather disgusts me that this route was chosen. It didn't bear well for the character of Tyrion, and it did nothing to endear us to Baelish. What was the point?

That was a letdown
For all the build up of the meeting between Stannis and Renly, it was barely a blip on the screen. I found that a bit disappointing as the confrontation in the book had a lot more to offer other. For example, it was then that Catelyn first learned of the possibility that Cersei's children were born by incest, and that Lysa's claim Jon Arrryn was killed at her hand might be true. What is to come would be more harrowing had their conversation lasted just a bit longer.

Hit the comments to tell me what inconsistencies you found. What did you think about Arya and Gendry? Did I get anything wrong? Will anything that changed tonight impact what's ahead? Thanks for reading!


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If I may present a point of view for the Baelish perspective:
Littlefinger is good at managing money, but doesn't have a seat of his own. This means he doesn't have any banners he can call, and like Pycelle and Varys, he must depend on his ability to produce services for others in power. Unlike Pycelle, but like Varys, Littlefinger has an agenda separate from the Lannisters. If you read the novels you see that Littlefinger turns out to be one of the few legitimate chances for vengeance/justice for the North (the Starks in particular).
He loves Catelyn, but misunderstands her as she holds duty to her father (marrying a Stark)over any affection she might have had for Petyr. In a world where might and magic makes right, Petyr must survive on the outside by using his wits and wiles. In direct contrast with Ned Stark, Baelish seems "a louse of a man", but realistically he did all he could for Ned including warning him not to support Stannis. He saved Ned's life and negotiated for his release into the Night's Watch. We all should know by now that Janos Slynt actually betrayed Ned Stark for Harennhal and the title of Lord, not Littlefinger's coin. And it was Joffrey's brutality & Ned's slight against Ilyn Payne; the King's justice, that truly led to the beheading. The slight being: Ned picked Beric Dondarrion to capture the Mountain for raiding villages in the river lands instead of Payne. GRRM weaves a twisted web. I would not say that Littlefinger is a particularly good character at all times, but neither is he craven to perform the deceptions against those whom would surely kill him outright had they known.


Where is my "eat a peach" from Renly? Did we get a scene where a messenger told Renly Storm's End was under attack from Stannis? Because it was weird to get that meeting on the show without some context.


Actually mods feel free to delete my previous comment as it contains a spoiler for people who haven't read the books (which I assumed would not be reading this).


I may be mis-remembering as it is a long time since I read the book, but was the birth of the shadow not in a later chapter, with the shadow (this one) that kills Renly being much more mysterious?


From the moment I read the birthing scene, I wondered how it would be portrayed in the show. I couldn't have been happier - so visceral and creepy! I liked that they finally gave some context to the relationship between Stannis and Davos (and the finger bones), but I didn't think it was very clear exactly where Davos and Mel were actually going afterward. Perhaps I missed it in the conversation betwen Dacvos and Stannis?


Sansa got off lightly because the actress that plays her is underage (15-16). She can't be naked like in the book, and they have limited filming hours.


In trying to discern the internal logic behind the additional joffrey scene, I think Ros might be the intended focus. She might be possibly being set up for a future plot point particular to the tv adaption. This would also be the reason for her additional scenes at the Brothel like the witness of the Herod-esque baby killing spree. And how awesome was the birthing scene! A visual and literal metaphor for an additional form of power: birthing. Creation of life. Ironically, the first women to utilize this power on the show did so to. . . well, for darker purposes o0