Ardent readers of George R.R. Martin's "Song Of Ice And Fire" weren't too happy with the season four finale of "Game of Thrones," as showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss made a number of changes, when they adapted the story for the series.
One major concern was Jaime Lannister hiding the truth from Tyrion, after he helps his brother flee the castle. In the books, Tyrion's wife is Tysha, who he married without the approval of Tywin, his father . To teach his son a lesson, Tywin tells Tyrion that Tysha is a whore and has her raped by his soldiers.
Jaime reveals the truth about Tysha to Tyrion before he lets him escape a death sentence, and says that she genuinely loved him.
However, this conversation, which was crucial in his decision to finish off Tywin once and for all, never happened in the finale.
Furthermore the scene where Cersei tells her father that the Lannister legacy is a lie, and the truth about Tommen, Joffrey and Myrcella's parenthood never happens in the book.
Another missing element was the introduction of Lady Stoneheart. In the books, the zombie Catelyn makes her appearance around this point, but there wasn't even a hint of Lady Stoneheart when season four came to an end on Sunday.
A quick "Lady Stoneheart" search on Twitter throws up a number of grievances from fans who were expecting to see the resurrected Catelyn in "The Children."
Really disappointed we didnt see lady stoneheart because it would've made an amazing cliffhanger #GameOfThrones
— ✾ Gamora ✾ (@Accio_tardis__) June 16, 2014
How GoT should have ended: mysterious hooded figure stood with bwb. Camera pans. Reveal face. Lady stoneheart. Crowd goes wild. Credits roll — Rohan Gotobed (@Rohan_Gotobed) June 16, 2014
— Jon Linnell (@jplinnell) June 16, 2014
However, Lady Stoneheart -- Catelyn brought back from the dead to seek vengeance against everyone associated with the murder of her children – is expected to appear in the next season, and that too with a proper introduction.
"They [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] have such a challenge adapting the books into a really focused television experience. It's very hard, it's very complicated, it's much harder then they've been given credit for, I think — and they do a brilliant job," Entertainment Weekly quoted "Game of Thrones" season four finale's director Alex Graves.
" But to bring back Michelle Fairley, one of the greatest actresses around, to be a zombie for a little while — and just kill people? It is really sort of, what are we doing with that? How does it play into the whole story in a way that we're really going to like? It just didn't end up being a part of what was going to happen this season," Graves further added.
"And finally one [more] reason: In case you didn't notice, a lot happens this season ... To add that in is something they opted out of. But what's funny is that it was never going to be in the season, yet it took off on the Internet like it was going to happen."