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Once A Song of Ice and Fire became an international best seller, it was only a matter of time before Hollywood would turn it into a TV series or movie. This was somewhat ironic because George R.R. Martin, a former TV writer and producer, had written the series because his visions had always been considered too big in scope to be captured on television.
On April 17, 2011, however, HBO launched Game of Thrones, attracting record viewership on HBO, garnering dozens of Emmy awards, and creating a rabid international fan base. The producers assumed that by the time the show caught up to the events in the five existing books, Martin would have completed the last two. That didn't happen, and by the sixth season of the show, the TV series had caught up with the books. For the remaining seasons, writers and producers depended on Martin's outlines for the last two books—The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring—and also began writing original material.
Even before that, the story lines of the TV series had begun to diverge in significant ways from those of the books. Fans of the show who decided to read the books and fans of the books who loved watching the show had to be prepared for some surprising differences.
Most changes were for practical reasons. Trying to cover the hundreds of key characters and events in the books could only have resulted in superficial treatment of both and confusion for viewers. So, working with Martin, writers combined some characters, eliminated others, recast certain scenes, and cut dozens of key events entirely. The following are some of the most dramatic differences between the first five books and the show: