Game of Thrones: Book vs Show S1E1

Season 1, Episode 1: Winter is Coming
First Aired: April, 17, 2011
This is not a summary of the show and/or book but a comparison to see how the books were written verse how they are portrayed in the show.  Like the first book in the series, Game of Thrones, the show starts out the same way, The Night’s Watchman. This introduces the first White Walkers in a thousand years.

Changes to the story:

  1. Bran learning how to shoot an arrow, more of a filler in the show to introduce the Stark family before the news of Jon Arryn’s death has reached them.
  2. Jon Arryn’s funeral with Jamie and Cersie Lannister speaking about how Jamie should be the next Hand of the King.  This is something that Bran overhears later in the book in the broken tower after we know a little more about the Lannister’s.
  3. Tyrion Lannister’s whorehouse scene.  Not part of the book and I don’t really see a reason for it this early in the show.
  4. Sansa Stark tells her mother Catelyn that she really likes Prince Joffrey.  In the book we know that she likes Joffrey from sewing class. We do not know if she ever spoke to her mother about her feelings towards the prince.
  5. Eddard Stark asks Benjen Stark about the boy he killed for abandoning the Night’s Watchmen.  He then tells Benjen about the White Walker sighting. Not part of the book, or at least at this point.
  6. Sansa Stark’s meets the Queen at the feast and we learn that she is 13 in the show, 11 in the book.
  7. In the scene where Catelyn Stark gets a message from her sister, she is the one who does not want Ned to become the Hand of the King.  She mentions Ned’s father and brother and how they did not come home after serving the King’s call.  In the book this scene is reversed.  Ned is the one who doesn’t want to leave fearing for a repeat in history.  This scene changes the character descriptions as Catelyn is seen as a strong woman in the book, Ned is made to look like the hardened warrior in the show.
  8. Daenery’s wedding skips a few chapters ahead and is shown in this episode.  It follows the book, however, the consummation is rushed and violent compared to the book.
  9. The King thanks Ned for becoming the Hand of the King.  Nothing in the book even implied that he had given the King an answer at that time.
 Key scenes missing from the Show:
  1. Ayra and Jon watching the Stark boys play fight with the Princes.  This gives us a first glance at Joffrey’s temperament but is missing at this time in the show.

There are other missing scenes but are not critical to the flow of the story.

Ages are not what they seem in the show.  The book states that Jon Snow and Robb Stark are both 14 while Daenerys Stormborn is only 13.  Sansa Stark is 11 (13 on the show), Arya Stark is 9 (11 on the show), Bran Stark is 7 (10 on the show),  and Rickon Stark is 3.

This episode includes the chapters Prologue, Bran I, Catelyn I, Daenerys I, Eddard I, Jon I, Arya I, Bran II and Daenerys II from the book Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. Point of views have been swapped around in the timeline of the show.

I am using a guide to help determine which chapters to stop at for this blog as I don’t want to read too far ahead.  You can find the guide I am using at Chapter Guide.


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Game of Thrones

Like every other action show lover out there, I loved watching Game of Thrones.  I have missed the last few seasons and instead of binge watching everything I missed I decided to just read the books, like a fool I might add.

I have downloaded it onto my kindle and plan to sort through this complex world that I have come to love.  Not sure if it will be something I will get through but I have had this on my bucket list for some time.

Wish me luck!

Day 3 – Couch to 5K

I am using the 5K Runner app from FITNESS22 LTD on my iPhone for this bucket list goal.
Week 1/ Day 3

5 min warm-up

1 min run + 1.5 min walk (8 times)

5 min cool down

Total time: 30 mins

Before: Well rested and ready to hit Day 3.  I choose a small, flat area that I would run in today to help me concentrate on breathing.  This is something that I had trouble with on Day 2 with the hills.

Afterward: Still feeling pumped.  I feel like I could have ran for longer and my pace was faster today at 1.62 miles. I did something different this time.  During the walking portions of the exercise I would slow my pace and concentrate on relaxing again so I could run a little hard on the next round.  Averaging 18 minutes is not bad for walking most of the time.  This will increase as I go and I can’t wait until I can hit my first mile without stopping.

Day 2 – Couch to 5K

I am using the 5K Runner app from FITNESS22 LTD on my iPhone for this bucket list goal.

Week 1/ Day 2

5 min warm-up

1 min run + 1.5 min walk (8 times)

5 min cool down

Total time: 30 mins
Before: I’m not really feeling it today because I have walked so much this last week, 37 miles.  That’s almost 10 more miles than I walk normally in a week. I may need to find a partner in crime that can keep me on track for this goal. 

Afterward: Started out good.   I decided today to run in a different area and had not taken into account all of the inclines of my new route.  I knew I was in trouble around the halfway mark.  I won’t lie, I didn’t run but 7 of the rounds and ended up walking the last round.  I still felt like I had accomplished more than I did last time and will choose my next route a little wiser.   I now feel like I was hit by a truck.  Can’t wait for the next round. *Note sarcasm.

No News vs News, Vol. 1

I recently saw a hyped up news story about the First Son, Barron Trump, attending a $38,000 middle school next year.   Not a top headline maker for many reasons.

Barron will be attending St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Maryland next school year.  While it is a prestigious school, nothing about this decision from the President and First Lady is surprising.

Both of Obama’s daughters, Sasha and Malia, as well as Chelsea Clinton attended a highly selective school at $40,000 per year in tuition.  This seems like the norm in concerns of safety as well as education for recent Presidential families.

Trump is the wealthiest U.S. President in history.  Did we really expect him to put his child in public schools after only attending the best of what New York had to offer?

So why all the hype then?

Facebook Parties Survey

Online parties are a big hit these days on social media, Facebook being one of the biggest outlets used for these parties.  Thirty-one Bags, LuLaRoe, Paparazzi, etc…  

  1. Do you take the time to check out what people are selling?
  2. Have you ever bought something at one of these parties?
  3. Have you loved what you purchased?

Most memorable dream

Have you ever had a dream that you remember years after you had it? 

It was before Y2K when I had my most memorable dream.  I’m not quite sure how old I was but I remember it around 2nd or 3rd grade. The dream started out as my older sister was pushing me around and just getting on my nerves. All of a sudden there was a loud noise outside our house. We looked out the window and there, like a scene right out of Jurassic Park, dinosaurs were coming towards our house.

We ran up you the roof, which somehow turned into an apartment building with a top garden area.  I can’t remember what the reasoning to going to the roof was, maybe for a better view?   So as we watch them get closer and closer my sister turns to me and starts pushing me again.  I get the strength to push her a few feet back and before I know it a T-Rex comes up and eats her off the roof.

I think we had some issues going on at that point in time but not after that.  I had 99 problems but a sister ain’t one.

Daughters and Fathers

My husband had found these cool tile boards when cleaning out an old museum for work a few years ago.  We weren’t sure what the original use for them were but they already had the perfect squares for a chess board.  

So my dad is a BIG Florida Gators fan.  I painted one up and gave it to him last year. He was so excited because we give him a hard time every time FLA and UGA play.  I didn’t have chess pieces for it but I thought he could pick some out later.

Well it has been almost a year now since I gave him the board.  His birthday is next week and I thought “What do you give a man who has everything?”.  Chess pieces.  I jumped on Amazon and in no time they where delivered to my door. 

I remember fondly how he taught me how to play when I was younger and would always take the time to tell me when I had made a wrong move so that I wouldn’t put myself in Check Mate.  He would later tell me that I gave him a “run for his money” once I fully understood the game.

I let him open his present a few days early and like a kid at Christmas he wanted to play immediately.  The game is now tied, 1-1 and he can’t wait for another re-match!

Meet the dogs

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 Daisy May is our 5 year old Pitbull who is sweet to us but timid unless you come up in our yard, she is very protective. She constantly walks around with her tail between her legs. Being the only dog of ours that know commands, she is the only one who listens when we tell her to do something. However, she can’t stand if I go out walking without her because that’s OUR time.

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Jace is our 8 year old Walker. He is a UKC Grand Show Champion. Never have a met a dog that just wanted to be loved on. He is always in a hurry to get wherever you are taking him and if you are not watching, can pull you where ever he wants to go.

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Finally there is Blue, our 12 year old Boston Terrier. He hates thunderstorms, loves to share whatever you are eating, loves snuggling and is almost completely blind. This is the only dog we have inside. He spends his days napping in the sun or on the couch. At night you can find him snuggled deep in the covers of my son’s bed.