The One Thing George R.R Martin Wishes 'Game Of Thrones' Writers Didn't Change From The Books

It's a plot-twist that book fans are still waiting for

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After years of writing and meticulously crafting the Seven Kingdoms and committing them to paper, it can't have been easy for George R.R Martin to surrender his creation for other people to tinker with.

But given the mammoth size of the book,s naturally some storylines needed to be curtailed and characters' parts played down in the TV series, or it might have gone on until 2034.

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The author spoke to Time Magazine ahead of the launch of the seventh series and revealed the one adaptation he wasn't over the moon about.

"At some points, when (showrunners) David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] and I had discussions about what way we should go in, I would always favour sticking with the books, while they would favour making changes," he said.

"I think one of the biggest ones would probably be when they made the decision not to bring Catelyn Stark back as Lady Stoneheart. That was probably the first major diversion of the show from the books and, you know, I argued against that, and David and Dan made that decision."

If you haven't rattled your way through those weighty tomes just yet (yes, yes, spoilers, spoilers) then you won't know that in the books Lady Catelyn comes back after being murdered at the Red Wedding. After months of whispering in the Riverlands of a hooded woman hanging people, the sinister figure is revealed to be Lady Stoneheart, none other than Catelyn Stark reincarnate.

As you can imagine die-hard book fans have been patiently waiting for her to reappear after her gruesome end, but they might be left waiting forever.

That said, George took the whole thing like a champion, despite disappointment.

"In my version of the story, Catelyn Stark is re-imbued with a kind of life and becomes this vengeful wight who galvanises a group of people around her and is trying to exact her revenge on the Riverlands," he said.

"David and Dan made a decision not to go in that direction in their story, pursuing other threads. But both of them are equally valid, I think, because Catelyn Stark is a fictional character and she doesn't exist. You can tell either story about her."