“The Dance of Dragons”: How this Week’s Game of Thrones Differs from the Books

Daenerys rode off on her dragon, Arya creeped on a perv, and book readers got a taste of what it’s like to have their favourite story spoiled.


Here’s a breakdown of how things went down in “The Dance of Dragons” compared to how things played out in the books — so far.

Drogon the Dragon


How it went down on the show: Jorah Mormont slaughtered his way to another championship in the fighting pits of Meereen, but that didn’t mean the fighting was over. The Sons of the Harpy made a guest appearance and initiated an attack on the Queen and her people. Hizdahr zo Loraq was left for dead, while Daenerys, Tyrion, Jorah, Missandei, and Daario found themselves surrounded by Harpy with no place to run. They were about to accept defeat when Drogon swooped in and torched the surrounding Harpy. When the people began defending themselves against the beast, Daenerys ran to Drogon and rode out of the arena on his back.

How it went down in the books: The Harpy never attacked at the fighting pits, and Tyrion wasn’t a spectator, he was a performer. Jorah fought, but Dany never knew it was him fighting. There were suspicions that Hizdahr zo Loraq meant to poison Daenerys that day and he might actually be the leader of the Harpy. The large commotion that sent the people of Meereen running was Drogon’s arrival due to his thirst for the blood spilled during the fights. When Drogon landed in the pits, the people of Meereen launched an attack on the dragon. Daenerys ran into the pits to save him. That’s when she climbed onto his back and flew away with him.

The Sacrifice


How it went down on the show: Stannis’ camp was attacked by Ramsay Bolton’s men in the middle of the night. He lost a number of men and was in need of guidance. The Red Woman convinced Stannis to sacrifice his daughter, Princess Shireen, by burning her alive. He sent Ser Davos back to the wall to retrieve more soldiers, and following Davos’ departure, Stannis allowed the Red Woman to burn his daughter in a ceremonial presentation in hopes that the sacrifice would help in his war against the North.

How it went down in the books: Shireen is very much alive, but that’s not to say she’ll stay that way in future books. George R.R. Martin has confirmed that Shireen will eventually be sacrificed. As it stands now, she’s currently living at Castle Black with her mother and the Red Woman.

Oysters, Clams and Brothels


How it went down on the show: Arya was down at the docks selling Oysters when she spotted men from King’s Landing. She noticed Meryn Trant was among the group and decided to follow him into a brothel only to discover he is even more horrific than we already knew.

How it went down in the books: Meryn Trant never came to Bravos. It was Raff the Sweetling that Arya was following.

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