TiLT wrote:Both the Stannis/Melisandre thing and Jon Snow's observation felt familiar to me, even if the books never had these things play out in the same way. Stannis and Melisandre most likely did do the horizontal shuffle in the books, but since neither was a viewpoint character we could never observe it first-hand.
That's absolutely true - they definitely did. But MUCH later, and not right on the map table of Westeros. It's the difference between Stannis actually being seduced, and Stannis dropping his drawers to do what is required of him
As MHS says, this version of Stannis is wantonly cheating on his wife. That's a very different man than the guy we saw in the novels, and we're talking about the actual core of his character, not just some ancillary attribute like "in the books he liked pie, but in the show he seems to prefer cake."
I clearly seem to remember that Craster left his sons for the White Walkers in the books too, but I can't remember the details.
Pretty sure we're told this by one of Craster's wives at some point - possibly by Gilly herself. We certainly never see it happen, as there are no eligible babes for him to do it with in the novels.
Probably not a spoiler, but...
I'm confused by Zach's comment about Rakharo/Jhogo. They both exist in the books, it's just that much of the Jhogo character has been transposed into Rakharo. They're both supposed to be alive at this point, however.
Relevant ruminations on much later books (some as yet unwritten):