Game of Thrones is a fantastic TV show that has gripped viewers all over the world. The show is fascinating, shocking and extremely entertaining. The characters are unique and three dimensional. The plot is well thought out and gripping.
The show is based on George R. R. Martin’s book series. And naturally, as is the case with all books and films or TV shows that follow them, not everything could be adapted to the big screen. Some characters had to be cut. Some plot lines had to be discarded. Some scenes that were written specifically for the show were also dropped. It happens all the time.
But viewers obsessed with the show are always curious to see what’s missing. We all want to see the deleted scenes and read about the characters that didn’t make it. It’s only natural, we wouldn’t be called ‘fans’ if we didn’t feel the need to know absolutely everything about the show. It keeps us going until the next season.
15. One Of The Martells Tries To Marry Daenerys
By now most of us have forgotten Prince Doran Martell, the ruler of Dorne and the brother of Oberyn. We didn’t see much of Prince Doran on the show but in the books, he is more prominent and has an interesting plan – he wants his eldest son Quentyn to marry Daenerys and bring her and her dragons back to Westeros. Prince Doran and Quentyn believe that with the dragons they can overtake the Iron Throne.
Obviously, when Quentyn arrives at Meeren, he fails to convince Daenerys to marry him. Eventually, she hops on her dragon and leaves Quentyn and her advisors behind. Since the other two dragons are also left behind, Quentyn takes the opportunity to try and tame them. However, the dragons end up fatally injuring Quentyn and he dies a couple of days later.
14. Deleted Scene Where Bran Helps Sansa Learn More About Littlefinger
Let’s be honest – at the end of season 7, we all thought that Sansa and Arya mistrusted and disliked each other. At one point it even seemed as if Sansa would order Arya to be killed. Thankfully, that was not the case. The two sisters somehow learned of Littlefinger’s plotting and ended up killing him. But how did they find out about Littlefinger’s scheme?
The actor Isaac Hempstead Wright who plays Bran said that Arya and Stark learned of Littlefinger’s plotting through The Three-Eyed Raven – “We actually did a scene that clearly got cut, a short scene with Sansa where she knocks on Bran’s door and says ‘I need your help’ or something along those lines. So basically, as far as I know, the story was that it suddenly occurred to Sansa that she had a huge CCTV department at her discretion and it might be a good idea to check with him first before she guts her own sister. So she goes to Bran, and Bran tells her everything she needs to know, and she’s like, ‘Oh shi-.’”
13. Cut Character – Jeyne Poole
Another character that was quite important in the books but was completely neglected in the TV show (she only ever appeared in season 1) was Jeyne Pool, Sansa’s best friend from childhood. In the books, the cunning Littlefinger forces Poole to pretend that she is Arya so that he can marry her off to Ramsay. As such, it is Poole and not Sansa that is tortured and abused by Ramsay in the books.
It is believed that as the books progress, Poole will become more important. It is said that she will become Jon Snow’s love interest after he is resurrected in The Wind’s of Winter. It seems that the show, however, chose to pair Jon Snow with Daenerys, which is a shame considering that they are related.
12. Deleted Scene – Littlefinger And Varys
Another rather important scene that was deleted foreshadows Littlefinger’s death. In the scene, we see Littlefinger and Varys talk. Varys congratulates Littlefinger on his new title and his new home in Harrenhal but does not fail to mention the curse of Harrenhal (the curse supposedly prevents any Lord from holding Harrenhal forever).
However, Littlefinger clearly does not care much about the curse and proceeds to make fun of Varys’ friends, saying that they all have one thing in common – they are all mutilated. However, later on in the show, it becomes apparent that Varys’ certainly is better at picking his friends than Littlefinger ever was.
11. Deleted Scene Featuring Jon And Ghost
Remember the direwolves that Ned Stark’s children got when they were young? You might be wondering whatever happened to them – nowadays they are rarely, if ever, given screen time. And even when they are included in the original script they often get cut out.
That’s exactly what happened to a scene with Jon Snow and his direwolf Ghost. Bryan Cogman, the writer of the Stormborn episode (season 7 episode 2) revealed that there was supposed to be a scene with Jon Snow and Ghost but that it got cut – “FYI… We shot a Jon/Ghost scene. Didn’t make it in. I tried! Thx for watching, everybody. #Stormborn.” Unfortunately, Cogman didn’t reveal why the scene was cut.
10. Deleted Scene – Tormund Partially Causes Jon Snow’s Death
We were all heartbroken when Jon Snow was killed by his comrades from the Night’s Watch who were led by Ser Alliser. However, believe it or not, the wildling Tormund was partially to blame for Jon’s murder! Or, rather, he would have been had the scene where he talks to Ser Alliser had not been cut.
In the deleted scene, Ser Alliser asks Tormund – “You know what I think we should do with you? Instead of putting food in your belly and a roof over your head.” To which Tormund replies – “Probably something I wouldn’t like very much.” Ser Alliser then says that indeed he wouldn’t and Tormund’s last words to him are – “You must no longer be in charge then.”
9. Tyrion Loses His Nose – A Book Scene That Didn’t Make It To The Show
In Martin’s books, Tyrion ends up disfigured – he loses his nose in the Battle of the Blackwater – “Tyrion’s fingers went to the great gash that ran above one eye down to his jaw, across what remained of his nose. The proud flesh was still raw and warm to the touch.”
However, in the show Tyrion gets to keep his nose although he does not escape from the Battle of the Blackwater unharmed – he is left with an ugly scar. Nonetheless, I think we can all agree that acquiring a scar is certainly better than losing a nose.
8. Lady Stark Is Resurrected From The Dead – A Rejected Plot Line
We all mourned the death of Lady Stark who was brutally murdered during the Red Wedding. As soon as she died, we knew we would never see her again. Or at least, those who never read the books thought so.
However, those fans who have read Martin’s books knew that there was a chance of seeing Lady Stark again. Why? Because in the books Lady Stark’s body is thrown into the river and is later retrieved by a group called Brotherhood Without Banners.
The leader of the group has the ability to bring people back from the dead and that is exactly what he does with Lady Stark. Once revived from the dead, Lady Stark adopts the name Lady Stoneheart and ends up leading the Brotherhood without Banners.
7. Cut Character – Patchface
As you can imagine, not all characters from the Game of Thrones books made it to the show. One of the characters that got cut was Patchface, a creepy psychic clown. In the books, Patchface is Stannis Baratheon’s court fool. His face and his bald head are tattooed in a motley pattern, hence his strange name.
So how did Patchface come into Stannis Baratheon’s service? Well, Stannis’ father Steffon was on a mission overseas when he came upon the young slave now known as Patchface. He decided to buy his freedom and bring him back home where he could entertain his sons.
However, on Steffon’s way home a huge storm hit and both Steffan and Stannis’ mother, as well as everyone else, perished. Everyone that is, except Patchface. The accident however messed with Patchface’s head and made him go mad.
6. Deleted Scene – Tywin Is Fishing
Can you imagine Tywin fishing? Us neither. However, there was actually a scene where Tywin was doing just that. Unfortunately, just like many other good scenes, it was deleted. In the scene, Tywin is fishing when the Grand Maester Pycelle approaches him, asking him to revoke his son’s decision of banishing him from the council.
Tywin is hesitant at first but Pycelle manages to convince him and the scene ends with Tywin consenting to Pycelle’s request. It is also in this scene that we learn that Pycelle is partly responsible for the powerful position that the Lannisters are in.
5. Tyrion Turning A Man Into Stew – A Book Scene That Didn’t Make It
Can you imagine Tyrion ordering to have a man killed and cooked into a stew? Us neither. And yet this exact scene does occur in George R. R. Martin’s book A Storm of Swords. However, Tyrion is not exactly getting rid of a man in such a gruesome way for fun.
In actual fact, Tyrion has a good reason for disposing of a man in this way. You see, a singer named Symon Silver Tongue is blackmailing Tyrion by threatening to reveal to all that Tyrion is in a relationship with a woman named Shae. Thus, Tyrion asks Bron to dispose of Symon Silver Tongue.
4. Cut Character – Coldhands
Coldhands is another interesting character that appeared in Martin’s books but was mostly cut from the TV show. Coldhands is a mysterious figure that lives beyond the wall. He looks like a wight but, unlike the others, he can talk and has helped some of the heroes of Game of Thrones, including Bran and Samwell.
Coldhands is dressed in the colors of the Night Watch and has a scarf wrapped around his face which conceals his identity. His hands are terrifyingly black from congealed blood.
Fans have long been speculating as to who Coldhands is. Some say he is Ned Stark’s missing brother Benjen, others claim that he is the Night King while still others believe him to be Waymar Royce, a Night’s Watchman killed in action by the white walkers.
3. Cut Character – Edric Storm
Another character that never made it to the show is Edric Storm. In the books, Edric is King Robert Baratheon’s bastard son. Edric was born after King Robert and a noblewoman named Delena Florent had a one-night stand on Stannis Baratheon’s wedding night.
Stannis had his illegitimate nephew raised at his brother Renly’s court but later brought him back to Dragonstone with him. As you can imagine, Edric was not too happy with his new life – he was too close to the Red Priestess whose favorite hobby was sacrificing humans.
2. Deleted Scene – Shae And Bronn
Remember that time when Tyrion rejected Shae for her own good? He was worried that his father would harm her and thus told her that he no longer loved her so that she would go away. Then, to our surprise, in season five Shae testified against Tyrion at his trial. Most fans found this plot twist unconvincing.
However, if we had seen the deleted scene where Tyrion tells Bronn to escort Shae to the ship that will take her away we might have understood Shae’s actions better. In the scene, Shae is heartbroken and cannot stop sobbing. Bronn then tells her that ‘you can never trust rich people’ – they will use and discard you as they please.
1. Cut Character – Strong Belwas
In the show, Queen Cersei has a huge bodyguard protecting her whereas Daenerys has her dragons. However, in the books, Daenerys also has a huge bodyguard. His name is Strong Belwas and while he is by no means a major character, fans nonetheless love him thanks to his funniness.
Before Strong Belwas became a bodyguard, he used to be a pit fighter. He’s great at protecting Daenerys and has survived countless of fights. He looks like a huge Varys and he talks in the third person. It’s a shame the show’s writers decided to ignore this unique character.