Game of Thrones preview: Ep. 5, “First Of His Name,” Sunday, 9...

Game of Thrones preview: Ep. 5, “First Of His Name,” Sunday, 9 p.m. ET

Danaerys Targaryen takes the throne this week on
Danaerys Targaryen takes the throne this week on "Game of Thrones," but not the one she originally intended. Photo: HBO

SAN DIEGO, May 3, 2014 – Fans are still dissecting the divergence in storyline on HBO’s “Game of Thrones” from the original novels. There have been numerous small changes in the first three seasons, but last week’s episode tossed a completely new concept into the mix.

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Fans have been split between delight with the surprise, and outrage at the split from the plot details they know and love. What is clear: the HBO version has established its own take and identity from George R.R. Martin’s series “A Song of Ice and Fire.” Novel readers need to dust themselves off and lose the smug attitude toward those fans who are enjoying the world originally created by Martin for the first time.

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In this week’s episode, we will learn if the HBO showrunners intend to diverge even further from the original story, particularly with the storyline involving Jon Snow and the Night’s Watch, and his brother Bran Stark, the Reeds and Hodor. Snow is heading for Crastor’s Keep to rescue his brother, who is being held hostage there by Karl and his mutineers. Will Jon and Bran cross paths? This doesn’t happen in the novels.

Littlefinger and Sansa arrive at the Vale of Arryn. They meet up with Sansa’s Aunt Lysa at the Eyrie, which we haven’t seen since Season 1. Lysa is more than a little unglued and her sickly young son, Robert Arryn, takes after mama. Littlefinger always carried a torch for Catelyn Stark. Catelyn’s sister Lysa always wanted Petyr for herself. If Petyr marries Lysa, don’t count on it being a match made in Heaven. Weddings don’t turn out so well in Westeros.

Arya and the Hound make their way toward the Vale, but there’s more than a little friction between the traveling companions.

Back in King’s Landing, another wedding may be looming, but not if Cersei (Lannister) Baratheon can help it. Her youngest son Tommen is about to take the throne, replacing his murdered brother Joffrey. Margaery Tyrell intends to remain Queen, but it will be over Cersei’s dead body. Cersei is equally against being married off to Margaery’s brother, Loras. She begins putting her own plans in place and seeking allies who will help her. Is Prince Oberyn one of them?

Danaerys Targaryen has successfully freed another city’s slaves. Unlike in Astapor and Yunkai, she stays on in Meereen to establish order. She will find it much more difficult than she imagined. While there, she considers whether she is now ready to move against King’s Landing and take the Iron Throne.

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Game of Thrones returns with Episode 5 of Season 4, “First of His Name,” on Sunday, May 4, at 9 p.m. Eastern Time on HBO East and HBO Latino East (with Spanish subtitles); followed by airings on HBO West and Latino West at 9 p.m. Pacific Time. All four channels repeat the episode through the evening.

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