Today we have a guest post from author A.M. Justice. She gives us a humorus glance on roads not traveled: 5 Narrative Paths Hinted at in the Season 3 Finale of Game of Thrones, Which Would Drive the Plot Wildly off Course (from the Books). Hmmm…I wonder if HBO will consider any of these? Welcome to the Guild of Dreams, Amanda, and thank you so much for the guest post!
Roads not Traveled: 5 Narrative Paths Hinted at in the Season 3 Finale of Game of Thrones, Which Would Drive the Plot Wildly off Course (from the Books)
by A.M. Justice
For readers of George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire books, the plot alterations and character conflations found in HBO’s Game of Thrones are a huge part of the fun of watching the TV series—bridging characters like Ros or revisionist ones like Talisa Maegyr freshen up the show and keep us guessing about where it’s going.
During seasons 1 and 2, although the journey may have followed different paths, the finale brought us to more or less the same destination as the books. This is true of season 3 as well, although it ends at approximately the half-way point of A Storm of Swords, the third Song of Ice and Fire volume. However, several plot and/or character changes have me speculating on where the show could go, if showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss want to abscond with it and take it somewhere entirely different than creator Martin intends (which they don’t).
From that starting point, here are 5 anti-spoilers. None of these scenarios occur in the books, so if Benioff and Weiss want to run with any of these ideas, it would add a whole new level of suspense to the show:
1. Theon escapes from Ramsey Snow, crosses the Narrow Sea, and finds his way to Yunkai, where he joins the Unsullied and owns the name Reek. Now an ordinary soldier in Daenerys’s army, he embraces his shortcomings and rises to become Gray Worm’s second in command.
2. Arya and Sandor make their way across the battle-torn countryside, slowly but surely becoming friends, just like Walter Matthew and Tatum O’Neal in the Bad News Bears. Sure, we just saw the same thing happen between Jaime and Brienne, but it’s different this time, because it’s with a grouchy disfigured man and a cute moppet of a girl, both of whom would kill you as soon as look at you. The odd couple joins a traveling circus, where they pretend to be a father-daughter knife-throwing act.
3. Yara Greyjoy and her band of 50 Ironborn warriors land on Westeros to rescue poor Theon, but soon hear of her brother’s escape to the Free Cities and beyond (see #1, above). Since Osha has disappeared with Rickon, Yara assumes her real name (Asha, in the books), because now nobody will confuse an Ironborn princess with a wildling peasant. Yara/Asha also starts acting a little more like Asha—less dour, more lusty and fun-loving—and so wins the heart of Mance Rayder, whom she meets when her band’s wanderings take them north of the Wall.
4. Did I say Osha disappears with Rickon? Silly me. I meant Rickon and Osha (who changes her name to Sally, so there’s no confusion with Asha/Yara) arrive safely at White Harbor, where Sally/Osha institutes a weight loss program for the Manderly clan. This involves a low-calorie diet consisting of steamed fish and kale, along with an exercise program that consists largely of Shaggy Dog chasing the Lords of White Harbor around their keep.
5. Established as drinking buddies on the show, Tyrion and Cersei have spent quite a lot of time in seasons 2 and 3 drinking wine and commiserating over Joffrey’s psychopathic behavior and Tywin’s domineering fatherhood. Having found common cause, the siblings put aside their differences and with the aid of brother Jaime, engineer a coup that ousts both Joffrey as King and Tywin as Hand. Patterning themselves after Aegon the Conqueror and his two sisters, the three Lannister siblings rule Westeros together, while Joffrey and Tywin are sent to live out their days on Tarth under the watchful eye of Brienne.
A bit about A.M. Justice:
I’ve been a professional writer and editor in the life sciences for over two decades but have been writing fiction even longer—the first story set in the fictional world of Knownearth was written while I was still in high school. As an avid SCUBA diver, I dream of a future when I have the time to hang out in a dive shop all day, and I fancy the idea that this dive shop might be in Buenos Aires, so I can dance the tango whenever I want. Until that time comes, I live and write in Brooklyn, NY, with a husband, a daughter, and two cats. Although I’m partial to fantasy and historical fiction, I love well-written books—and well-made movies and television—of all genres.
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