As HBO’s “Game of Thrones” has progressed, there’s been an increasing number of changes from George R. R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” source material. With the fifth season currently in production, those changes are expected to skyrocket as on screen events catch up with the books.
Now, the latest batch of behind-the-scenes photos from the series at The Daily Mail have indicated that the producers are moving faster than many had anticipated in their adaptation of Martin’s fourth and fifth book in the series.
MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD FOR “GAME OF THRONES” & THE NOVEL “A DANCE WITH DRAGONS”
In the fifth book “A Dance with Dragons”, Daenerys marries Meereenese noble Hizdahr zo Loraq to help quell civil unrest in Meereen. As part of the wedding celebrations, a series of gladiatorial-style games is held. Photos of those scenes being filmed in Osuna, Spain have appeared and show something unexpected – Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) is not only involved but seemingly a personal guest of Daenerys.
In the books Tyrion and Daenerys have yet to meet in person (though they are in proximity to each other). The scene also sits around the end of ‘Dragons’ which would indicate the show is skipping over much of Tyrion’s journey to get to that part of the world.
It also means the producers will definitely be diving into sixth book territory for the sixth season of the TV series – a book that has yet to score a release and is still being worked on by Martin. Either way, even those up to date on the books are expected to be in for some real surprises when “Game of Thrones” returns in April next year.