SAN DIEGO, May 4, 2014 – Fans are still dissecting the divergence in storyline on HBO’s “Game of Thrones” from the original novels. Some are delighted with the surprise, some are outraged at the split from the plot details they know and love.
We offer a third possible response. Who says you have to declare one or the other? Why not enjoy both versions?
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.
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. 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.
Danaerys Targaryen has successfully freed another city’s slaves. She stays on in Meereen to establish order. She will find it much more difficult to govern 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.