There just isn’t enough time in eight series to cram in all the juicy bits from George RR Martin’s novels … but here are the ones we wish had made the cut

Warning: this article contains major spoilers from George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books

Cramming five novels’ worth of the dense plot and detailed characterisation of George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire into Game of Thrones was always going to be a task worthy of an archmaester.

And there are many moments TV devotees should be grateful didn’t make it into the show. Take Daenerys fleeing Meereen on Drogon’s back. It’s a huge development on both page and screen, but the book doesn’t stop with the Mother of Dragons riding one of her scaly offspring for the first time. Upon landing, she has violent diarrhoea, which is written about in lengthy and stomach-turning detail.

But for every bowel mishap we can be glad didn’t make the cut, we have characters and plot points that were removed from the show more ruthlessly than Ned Stark’s head from his shoulders. Here are some that would have been brilliant to see.

Lady Stoneheart

The biggie. While Catelyn Stark had her throat cut at the Red Wedding in the books and on screen, her ultimate fate was not the same. Dumped in a ditch, the Stark matriarch’s body is retrieved by Arya’s direwolf, Nymeria, and later resurrected with a kiss from Beric Dondarrion. Despite her only partially healed wounds, she goes on to command the Brotherhood Without Banners and embarks on a murderous rampage, killing anyone she believes wronged her family.

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