“Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”: How this Week’s Game of Thrones Differs from the Books

Fans took to the internet with mixed feelings following Sunday’s most recent GoT episode—which featured Sansa Stark’s forced transition into womanhood—but is that how it played out in the book? No. No it is not.

Here’s a breakdown of how things went down in “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” compared to how things played out in the books.

Sansa’s Wedding Night


How it went down on the show: In Westeros, it’s customary to consummate a marriage immediately following the ceremony and that’s exactly how it happened on Sansa’s second wedding night. Unlike Tyrion, Ramsay Bolton felt the need to bed his bride right away, but he didn’t see the need for romance. On top of stripping Sansa of her virtue, Ramsay forced Reek (Theon Greyjoy) to watch, exposing Sansa to what would likely be considered her worst nightmare next to wedding Joffrey.

How it went down in the books: Sansa is still safe in the Vale with Littlefinger, but Ramsay did get married, and Reek was very much involved in the consummating of the marriage. Ramsay had Reek strip Jeyne Poole (posing as Arya Stark) and forced him to ‘warm her up’ before making him watch Ramsay bed his bride.

Tricks Turned on Tyrells


How it went down on the show: Loras Tyrell was locked up at the command of the High Sparrow for accusations that he had sexual relations with other men. When Olenna Tyrell arrived in Westeros, she demanded her grandson be freed and Cersei promised a fair trial. During the trial, Margaery was asked to testify against her brother. Margaery claimed she had never seen her brother with another man but a witness, and former lover of Ser Loras, said otherwise. The witness’ testimony landed both Loras and Margaery in lock up.

How it went down in the books: Loras’ sexual preferences were never brought into question by the High Sparrow, but Margaery’s were. Thanks to rumours spread mostly by Cersei, the High Sparrow believed Margaery had been unfaithful to Tommen. The evidence against her was the fact that she’d been drinking moon tea—a substance used to prevent pregnancy.

Battle of the Water Gardens


How it went down on the show: Jaime Lannister, Bronn, and the Sand Snakes all arrived at the Water Gardens to find Myrcella and Trystane Martell had fallen in love, but that didn’t stop them from attempting to take Myrcella. After a brief battle in the gardens, everyone’s plan failed when the Dornish forces outnumber them. Jaime, Bronn, and the Sand Snakes were all taken prisoner.

How it went down in the books: Each of the Sand Snakes had different plans for Myrcella, one of which promoted her to Queen of Westeros and puppet to the Martells. Arianne Martell’s plan started by removing Myrcella from Dorne, but her plan was interrupted in the early stages. She was then taken by the Dornish forces. Jaime was never involved.

Littlefinger, Little Rat


How it went down on the show: Littlefinger arrived in King’s Landing to find the High Sparrow and his Militants had taken over. As a way of keeping his name in the good books of Cersei Lannister, Littlefinger offered up the location of Sansa Stark and an army to attack Winterfell.

How it went down in the books: Cersei is unaware of Sansa’s location and Littlefinger is devoted to protecting Sansa from any and all threatening parties, including Cersei.

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