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stephengoettle

Distinctions Between Book Two of A Song of Ice and Fire and Season Two of Game of Thrones

Astute readers of A Clash of Kings, the second book in A Song of Ice and Fire, no doubt noticed the many changes made to the second season of Game of Thrones. Those changes show more insight into characters that did not receive much attention in the corresponding book.

For example, Prince Joffrey receives concubines from his uncle as a gift. Rather than enjoy their company, he abuses them, reminding the viewer that Joffrey, who did not appear as often in the book, enjoys only cruelty and power.

Another fine change was the frequent interaction between Arya Stark and Lord Tywin Lannister. Arya, in disguise so Tywin does not recognize her as a prisoner, gets roped into becoming his servant, whereas in the novel, she becomes the cupbearer for a different character, Lord Roose Bolton. The dialogue between Tywin and Arya allows her as well as the reader the opportunity to learn more information about goings-on elsewhere in the Seven Kingdoms, intelligence that Arya Stark might one day use to take down the Lannister family, which has caused her own House so much grief and misery.

A graduate of Duke University with a MBA/MSA at Northeastern University, Stephen Goettle serves Bain Capital of Boston, MA, as a Senior Finance Associate. In his free time, Stephen Goettle enjoys reading Tom Clancy novels and George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, which serves as the basis for HBO's Game of Thrones television series.

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