While HBO’s Game of Thrones has long enjoyed record ratings and a devoted fan following, some of the events portrayed on the show have been divisive for fans the George R. R. Martin’s book series on which GoT is based. That’s because on more than one occasion, major events have gone down differently than they do in the novels. And while the sixth season was the first to outpace the books, there have been plenty of other occasions when showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have made changes and strayed from a plot that’s intensely familiar to book fans. Sometimes, they do it to condense plot lines and keep the show’s story moving. Other times, they seem to do it to keep fans on their toes.
Whatever the reason, there are plenty of differences that fans eagerly debate and deconstruct. Here are five of the most obvious differences between the page and the screen.
Warning: spoilers for the show ahead!