14 Awesome ‘Song of Ice and Fire’ Characters Left Out of the Show

It’s no secret that in order to adapt the enormous A Song of Ice and Fire books for TV, the story had to be trimmed down somewhat. The following characters from the books never made it to Game of Thrones, and though I understand the reasons, I can’t help feeling that the story loses something without them.




Arianne Martell



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Princess Arianne Martell is the oldest child of Prince Doran, and the heir to Dorne. She is vivacious and quick-witted, though her plot to crown Princess Myrcella is ultimately foiled by her father. Due to a misunderstanding, she spends much of her life believing that her father plans to pass the rulership of Dorne on to her brother Quentyn, even though by Dornish law the firstborn child inherits, regardless of gender. 


“That is Nymeria’s star, burning bright, and that milky band behind her, those are ten thousand ships. She burned as bright as any man, and so shall I. You will not rob me of my birthright!”



Quentyn Martell



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Prince Quentyn was Arianne’s younger brother, sent across the world by his father on a mission to ally Dorne with Daenerys Targaryen. He meets an untimely death by dragonfire, proving that in this story, good intentions sometimes count for nothing at all.


“The hero sets out with his friends and companions, faces dangers, comes home triumphant. Only some of his companions don’t return at all. The hero never dies, though. I must be the hero.”



Victarion Greyjoy



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Victarion is one of the brothers of Balon Greyjoy, and the captain of the Iron Fleet. He’s extremely brutal and not the smartest guy around, but he’s still pretty badass. 



“Every man should lose a battle in his youth, so he does not lose a war when he is old.”



Edric Storm



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Edric Storm is a bastard son of King Robert Baratheon. He is the only one of Robert’s many bastards to be formally recognized, because his mother was a highborn lady. He grew up at Storm’s End, and was taken to Dragonstone during the war. Davos Seaworth smuggled him away from the castle when he realized that Stannis meant to sacrifice him to the Lord of Light. This role was filled by Gendry in the show.


“I won’t go pray to the Lord of Light. I am a Warrior’s man, like my father.”






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One of the most delightfully creepy characters in A Song of Ice and Fire, Patchface is Dragonstone’s fool and a companion to young Shireen Baratheon. He was a slave in Volantis, so his face is tattooed with jester’s motley – slaves in Volantis are customarily tattooed with the symbol of their trade. Lord Steffon Baratheon was impressed with him and bought his freedom, but on the journey back to Westeros the ship was destroyed in a terrible storm, and Patchface washed up on shore three days later, mind and body broken, and doomed to speak in nonsense and prophecy for the rest of his life.


“The shadows come to dance, my lord, dance my lord, dance my lord. The shadows come to stay, my lord, stay my lord, stay my lord.”



Lady Stoneheart



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One of the most-bemoaned omissions from the show is Lady Stoneheart – the resurrected corpse of Lady Catelyn Stark. Stoneheart makes it her mission to destroy everyone who had a hand in the downfall of House Stark. At the head of the Brotherhood Without Banners, she terrorizes the Riverlands, gathering monikers like Mother Merciless, the Silent Sister, and the Hangwoman.


“She don’t speak. You bloody bastards cut her throat too deep for that. But she remembers.”



Myranda Royce



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Lady Myranda Royce is a noble from the Vale of Arryn. Her father, Nestor Royce, is the lord of the Gates of the Moon, which Myranda keeps for him. She is a friend to Sansa while she is in disguise as Alayne Stone.


“Walk faster, my new suitors may be following. Ossifer Lipps is the dullest knight in the Vale, but Uther Shett aspires to his laurels. I am praying they fight a duel for my hand, and kill each other.”



Wyman Manderly



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Wyman Manderly is the lord of White Harbor, the North’s only major port. In the aftermath of the Red Wedding, he pretends to fully submit to the rule of the Boltons and Lannisters in order to see his surviving son released, but secretly plans to restore a Stark heir to Winterfell.


“My son Wendel came to the the Twins a guest. He ate Lord Walder’s bread and salt, and hung his sword upon the wall to feast with friends. And they murdered him. Murdered, I say, and may the Freys choke upon their fables. I drink with Jared, jape with Symond, promise Rhaegar the hand of my own beloved granddaughter … but never think that means I have forgotten.

The north remembers, Lord Davos. The north remembers, and the mummer’s farce is almost done. My son is home.”



Jon Connington



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Jon Connington was the lord of Griffin’s Roost during Robert’s Rebellion. He was a friend of Rhaegar Targaryen, and served briefly as Aerys’ Hand of the King before losing the Battle of the Bells. He was exiled in punishment for this defeat, where he spent the rest of the war. He spent several years as a sellsword before Varys told him that Rhaegar’s son had survived. Jon agreed to raise Aegon in disguise, in preparation for an attempt to retake the Iron Throne for House Targaryen.


“I failed the father, but I will not fail the son.”



Aegon Targaryen/Young Griff



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According to Varys, baby Aegon was swapped for another and smuggled out of King’s Landing before it fell. (This may or may not be true.) Jon Connington raised him in exile with a variety of teachers, all dedicated to making him the perfect heir. His hair is dyed blue in the fashion of Tyrosh, in order to disguise his distinctive natural silver hair.


“Aegon has been shaped for rule before he could walk. He has been trained in arms, as befits a knight to be, but that was not the end of his education. He reads and writes, he speaks several tongues, he has studied history and law and poetry. A septa has instructed him in the mysteries of the Faith since he was old enough to understand them. He has lived with fisherfolk, worked with his hands, swum in rivers and mended nets and learned to wash his own clothes at need. He can fish and cook and bind up a wound, he knows what it is like to be hungry, to be hunted, to be afraid. Tommen has been taught that kingship is his right. Aegon knows kingship is his duty, that a king must put his people first, and live and rule for them.”




Alleras/Sarella Sand



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One of the infamous Sand Snakes (the bastard daughters of Oberyn Martell), Sarella Sand is studying at the Citadel in Oldtown to be a maester. That isn’t an option open to girls, so she has disguised herself as a boy named Alleras (simply her own name spelled backwards). She has reached the rank of acolyte, and is acquainted with Samwell Tarly. Other students call Alleras ‘the Sphinx’.


“Unless she returns to Dorne, there’s naught I can do about Sarella save pray that she shows more sense than her sisters. Leave her to her… game.”







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Val is a woman of the free folk (wildlings). Her sister Dalla was married to Mance Rayder, the King-Beyond-the-Wall, and so many of the Westerosi refer to her as a princess, despite the fact that the free folk have no such position. She helped her sister deliver her child, and looked after the baby when Dalla died in childbirth. Many members of the Night’s Watch and Stannis’s army are attracted to her, but she is uninterested.


“I am no southron lady but a woman of the free folk. I know the forest better than all your black-cloaked rangers. It holds no ghosts for me.”



Maege Mormont



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The Lady of Bear Island is technically present in the first season of Game of Thrones, but you can be forgiven for not noticing her – she might as well have been an extra. In the books, Mage Mormont is a sturdy warrior, ruling Bear Island in her own right since her brother Jeor Mormont left to join the Night’s Watch and Jeor’s only son Jorah went into exile for selling to slavers. Maege worked hard to bring House Mormont back from the brink of collapse and restore the honor to their name.


“Stout, grey-haired Maege Mormont, dressed in mail like a man, told Robb bluntly that he was young enough to be her grandson, and had no business giving her commands.”



Rodrik Harlaw



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Lord Rodrik Harlaw is the uncle of Theon and Asha (Yara) Greyjoy on their mother’s side. He is the lord of Harlaw, but instead of pursuing the old warlike ways of the Iron Islands, he prefers to stay in his tower with his books, earning the nickname ‘Rodrik the Reader’.


“I prefer my history dead. Dead history is writ in ink, the living sort in blood.”



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