Game of Thrones By the Book: A Greyjoy Family Member and Arya's Revenge
Hello, friends and bannermen. Sunday's Game of Thrones finale proved Arya finally learned how to stick 'em with the pointy end while poor Theon lost his most-prized sword. How did the episode match up with the books? How did it differ?
This weekly chat series is for fans of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire books, upon which HBO's fantasy drama is based. It's meant to be a safe haven to discuss spoilers and changes from the novels and how they have played out or will play out in the TV series. Hanh Nguyen and Sadie Gennis are longtime fantasy fans of varying levels of geekiness who will sound off on all things Westerosi (and beyond!).
[Warning: If you're a Game of Thrones fan who has stumbled upon this chat and haven't read the books yet, begone! Instead, check out our talk with Charles Dance about Sunday's episode "Myhsa" for a spoiler-free discussion.]
Hanh: I am filled with mourning that this will be our last chat for the season! I feel bereft, much like Theon. OK, maybe not quite like Theon. I lack the important piece of anatomy. But I did love Ramsay's sausage consumption scene!
Sadie: I love how they turned Theon's castration into comedy gold! Especially after last week, I think we all needed that bit of levity.
Hanh: Yes, seeing Joffrey sent to bed without supper also put me in a good mood. But with Theon, it was interesting to see Balon and Yara get the package with his, um, package in it.
Sadie: D.B. and David had to have seen the "D--- in a Box" mashup coming a mile a way, right?
Hanh: Did it get made? If so, link me! [Warning: Contains course language and implied sexual content.]
Hanh: Thank you! This is art!
Sadie: Aside from the fact that it made "D--- in a Box" relevant again, I also loved that Theon's castration made Yara much more empathetic. She's no longer just the woman who let her brother diddle her as a joke. She has heart! She has balls! Which is good because at least one Greyjoy heir should. Balon Greyjoy is like the Cryptkeeper, and I have to give her props for standing up to him and trying to rescue her brother. Though her mission makes me wonder if maybe she and Theon will be reunited sooner than I imagined.
Hanh: Who knows? Maybe she'll be delayed by Balon's death and the Queensmoot.
Sadie: If Yara's headed towards Deepwood Motte, then it doesn't look as though she'll be rallying in the Kingsmoot. If that even still happens.
Hanh: I feel like it needs to, right? In order for the second leech's death to become true?
Sadie: Balon will die, of that I'm fairly sure, but maybe Yara only has one uncle in the show or maybe neither she nor Vicatarion question Euron usurping the throne? I can't believe we have to wait months to find out!
Hanh: A year! Oy. Theon's "dismemberment" wasn't the only disturbing thing. We actually got to see the Robb/Grey Wind mockery. And so did poor, Arya! I HATED that she had to see that.
Sadie: That was just cruel! Hasn't she been through enough?!
Hanh: No wonder she became all stabby. That was my favorite scene, by the way.
Sadie: I clearly have a special place in one of the seven hells because I am so happy she finally became murderous. That's the Arya I know and love from the books. The second she walked up to those men and had that docile voice I knew they were in for it.