Game of Thrones Books vs. TV Quiz

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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?

In the show, Selmy is killed by the Sons of the Harpy but he still happily lives on (so far) in the books.

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

Bronn the swordsman is a fun foil to Jaime on the show, but nowhere to be seen in "Dance of Dragons."

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What character comes back from the dead in the books?

In the books, Catelyn Stark comes back after death as Lady Stoneheart, a much scarier version of Catelyn.

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

To keep the North as Stark land, he gives Jon Snow legitimacy as Eddard Stark's son.

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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's meeting comes across as far more consensual in the book.

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

Coldhands doesn't seem to be making an appearance, although he also helped Sam and Gilly in the books.

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What are the White Walkers generally called in the books?

That's right -- they're Others in the books, and White Walkers only to Wildlings.

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How do the Stark children look different in the books?

In the books, the events have taken place three years later than they do on the show -- making all the younger characters noticeably older on the show than in the books.

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

Jorah Mormont is supposedly hairy and kind of gross in the books.

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

Tyrion leaves with the "Griffs," Targaryens in disguise.

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

Brienne never finds the Hound in the books.

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Who is Yara in the show?

To avoid some confusion with the character Osha, Asha's name was changed to Yara.

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

Arianne Martell had a twisty-turny plot in the book. . . and is not even mentioned in the series.

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

Mance Rayder still seems to be alive and kicking in the books, but is burned on a pyre in the show.

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How does Jorah Mormont behave differently in his television version?

In the books, Jorah Mormont is very adamant in his affection for Daenerys.

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

The White Walkers can apparently turn babies into Walkers, so that's terrible, and only hinted at in the show.

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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 is definitely still alive in the books, as George R.R. Martin himself has confirmed.

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Who is Robb's wife in the books?

Robb's wife is actually Jeyne Westerling, a character who doesn't appear on the series.

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

Not only is she not at the Red Wedding, she's also not pregnant.

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

Big Walder and Little Walder Frey lived at Winterfell -- not to be confused with their relative, Walder Frey who orchestrated the Red Wedding. Phew.

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

Shireen Baratheon is never "sacrificed" to the Lord of Light in the books, which makes most of us wonder why we had to sit through the terrifying scene on screen.

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

In the show, the Sons of Harpy try to attack Daeneyrs. In the book, the Drogon is the instigator.

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

Myrcella Lannister survives an attempted assassination (and an ear cut off) in the books.

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

Loras Tyrell is in the Kingsguard in the books and is not ever promised to Cersei.

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Who does goes to Dorne in the books?

While Jaime and Bronn make their way to Dorn in the show, they are otherwise occupied in the books.

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

In the show, Sansa is married to Ramsay Bolton. In the books, a (fake) Arya is betrothed to Ramsay.

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

As we said, the children in the books have younger ages, and Tommen hasn't even reached puberty at the time of his marriage.

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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?

Somewhat maddeningly, readers didn't hear a peep from Tyrion for the entire next volume.

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

The insane court jester Patchface was Stannis' fool as a child but keeps Princess Shireen entertained in the books.

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

Strong Belwas is a protector and bodyguard of Daeneyrs. He also goaded the Meereens in the book by pooping in front of their city, so he was obviously a lot of fun.

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