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Game of Thrones Books vs. TV Quiz
by Staff
Test your knowledge of the "Game of Thrones" books versus the show with this quiz, and find out if you know nothing (about) Jon Snow ... or if you could you rule the Iron Throne.

Barristan Selmy is one of Daenerys Targaryen's advisors. As of "A Dance with Dragons," what is his fate in the books?

  • He is killed by Sons of the Harpy.
  • He is still in Meereen.
  • He marries Daeneyrs.

What character follows Jaime to Dorne on the show, but isn't even in "A Dance with Dragons"?

  • Bronn
  • Arya
  • Brienne

What character comes back from the dead in the books?

  • Robb Stark
  • Ygritte
  • Catelyn Stark

Before Robb dies in the books, he does something for Jon Snow. What is it?

  • Gives him a direwolf
  • Makes him a legitimate Stark heir
  • Tries to kill Jon's enemy

In a much-discussed scene from the fifth season of the show, what two characters have a sexual encounter that was far less violent in the book?

  • Jaime and Cersei
  • Jaime and Sansa
  • Sansa and Joffrey

What character meets up with Bran in the book, but is not in the television show?

  • Jaco Finlay
  • Edric Storm
  • Coldhands

What are the White Walkers generally called in the books?

  • Others
  • White Movers
  • They're primarily called White Walkers in both the show and book.

How do the Stark children look different in the books?

  • They're blonde
  • They're super tall
  • They're younger

What ruggedly attractive character on the series is far less enticing in the book?

  • Jorah Mormont
  • Khal Drogo
  • Jaime Lannister

In the show, Tyrion leaves King's Landing with Varys. Who does he leave with in the books?

  • Sansa
  • Littlefinger
  • Griff and Young Griff

In the books and series, Brienne is a pretty awesome character. But what's one thing Brienne never does in the books?

  • goes to King's Landing
  • fight the Hound
  • interact with Jaime

Who is Yara in the show?

  • Asha Greyjoy
  • Arya Stark
  • Robb's wife

What Dornish character doesn't exist in the television series?

  • Doran Martell
  • Trystane Martell
  • Arianne Martell

What character didn't survive the series but hasn't died in the books ... at least, as of "A Dance with Dragons"?

  • Ned Stark
  • Joffrey Baratheon
  • Mance Rayder

How does Jorah Mormont behave differently in his television version?

  • His love for Daenerys is only hinted at.
  • He cries all the time.
  • He is scared of everything.

What scary transformation is shown in the series, and not in the books?

  • Sam turns into a zombie-like ghoul.
  • White Walkers turn babies into comrades-in-arms
  • Arya turns into a cat -- briefly

Who seemed to die by Brienne of Tarth's hand on final episode of the show's fifth season ... but is still kicking in the books?

  • Stannis Baratheon
  • Theon Greyjoy
  • Cersei Lannister

Who is Robb's wife in the books?

  • Jeyne Westerling
  • Talisa Maegyr
  • Robb isn't married in the books

How else is Robb's wife's storyline different in the books?

  • The Red Wedding isn't because Robb married her.
  • She's not at the Red Wedding.
  • She hates Robb.

What family had two other characters at Winterfell that made no appearance in the television series?

  • The Starks
  • The Greyjoys
  • The Freys

What young character's death by fire is not in the books?

  • Shireen Baratheon
  • Bran Stark
  • Myrcella Baratheon

In the book, what causes the big fight that results in Daeneyrs flying away on her dragon?

  • a Meereenese attack on Daeneyrs' life
  • Drogon the dragon causes trouble
  • Tyrion tries to kill Drogon

What child of Cersei Lannister dies from poisoning on the show, but is not yet dead in the books?

  • Joffrey
  • Myrcella
  • Tommen

In the show, Cersei is engaged to a extremely uninterested Loras Tyrell. What about in the books?

  • They've never been engaged
  • They were engaged until Cersei found another husband
  • Loras isn't in the books

Who does goes to Dorne in the books?

  • Jaime
  • A Kingsguard
  • Cersei

How is Sansa's plotline different between the books and show?

  • She never marries Ramsay
  • She never marries Joffrey
  • She never marries at all

Tommen and Margaery consummate their marriage in the show. Why doesn't that happen in the book?

  • They're interrupted by Jaime
  • Tommen is 8 years old.
  • They aren't married in the books.

At the beginning of the show's fifth season, Tyrion travels with Varys after killing Tywin. What happens to Tyrion in the books after Tywin's death?

  • After he escapes, he doesn't appear in the next (fourth) book at all.
  • He stays in King's Landing.
  • He dies.

What supposedly fun character (who is in fact totally mad) is absent from the series?

  • Patchface
  • Chuckles
  • Tingle Bits

What (literally) gigantic character, fiercely loyal to Daeneyrs, is not a part of the television series?

  • Khal Drogo
  • Daario Naharis
  • Strong Belwas