In the book, when Ned is immediately summoned to the small council, he refuses because he's just had a long journey, but quickly decides not to shun the other council members upon his arrival. In the show, he goes immidiately without bickering. In the book, he chooses to change his clothes quickly to look presentable. In the show, when the steward recommends he make himself look presentable, Ned gives him the evil eye. What's up with that?
2. Added: Jamie meets Ned in the Throne Room
In the book, Ned goes straight to the room of the Small Council where we're first introduced to Littlefinger, Varys, and Grand Maester Pycel. In the show, he first goes to the throne room where Jamie Lannister is waiting for him.
3. Changed: "The King Eats, And The Hand Takes The Shit..."
In the book, there is a saying "What the King dreams, the Hand Builds," but Robert communicates the more common phrase "The King eats, and the hand takes the shit" to Ned. But in the show, it has been changed to the less poetic "The King Shits, and the Hand wipes." Yet another odd change of dialogue for no apparent reason.
4. Added: Jamie's account of the death's of Ned's brother and father.
I believe this was internal monologue from Storm of Swords with Jamie remembering how ned's brother and father were killed by King Aerys, but they fit it into the scene with Ned and Jamie.
5. Changed: No Barriston Selmy
The first meeting with the Small Council is largely unchanged from the book, but even though we meet Renly, we have yet to meet Ser Barriston Selmy, Lord Commander of the Kingsguard.
6. Added: Cercei tending Joffrey's wounds
Seeing Cercei attend Joffrey's wounds, and Joffrey showing his insecurities, and unwillingness to marry Sansa. Quite a different Joffrey from the one in the books. Also, Cercei suggesting Joffrey fuck whores is entirely out of character for her. And Cercei's advice to Joffrey about his conquest of the North was far too shrewd for her.
7. Changed: Sansa and Arya eating
In the book, this scene happens much later after the arrival in King's Landing and definitely after Ned meets with Catelyn. In the book, its a dinner scene in the Small Hall, and the Hand's Tourney is discussed. In the book, after Ned leaves, Arya runs away angry from Septa Mordane and runs to her room, where Ned later finds her and talks to her. In the show, Ned sends her to her room.
8. Added: Ned and Arya's talk of Joffrey
This quick exchange about Joffrey being a liar was not in the book.
9. Changed: Ned's talk of survival in the winter
No talk of the lone wolf dying while the pack survives. Kind-of important symbolism completely left out of the show.
10. Left Out: Bran's dream of the three-eyed crow.
Old Nan's reference to the crow is kinda odd since there was no set up of the three-eyed crow.
11. Changed: Bran's scene with Old Nan
No mention of "Brandon the Builder" in this scene. And Rob does not come to him in the book, instead its Maester Luwin and Hodor, who take him down to the Hall to sit with Rob, who is meeting with Tyrion Lannister on his way back from the Wall. Obviously, this scene was moved up in the timeline of the TV show, and Bran sits and talks to Rob and talks about losing the use of his legs.
12. Changed: Catelyn's arrival in King's Landing
In the book, she arrives by sea and gets to King's Landing before Ned.
13. Changed: Catelyn's meeting with Littlefinger
In the book, it was the Tyroshi merchant Moreo who ratted out Catelyn's arrival to Littlefinger. In the book, she's staying in an Inn and is summoned by men of the City Watch while Ser Roderick is away, and taken to Littlefinger's Brothel.
14. Added: Tyrion's scene with Commander Mormont at the Wall
In the book Tyrion never witnessed Ser Allister's training of the boys with Mormont, and Mormont never inexplicably gave Tyrion the message from Winterfell about Bran's revival.
15. Changed: Jon's conversation with Donal Noye
In the book, the one-armed smith of the Night's Watch, Donel Noye, is the man who points out Jon's "bullying" of the recruits. In the show, they gave these lines to Tyrion. Also, in the book, it's Grenn's wrist Jon injured, not his nose, and the others were not present during Jon's lecture.
16: Added: Cercei and Jamie arguing about Bran
Yet another scene told in flashback in a Storm of Swords moved up to the TV show.
17: Added: Robert talking with Ser Barriston Selmy
Robert recounts killing a Tarly boy as his first kill in battle to Ser Barristan. We also get to meet Lancel in this scene, and get the story of Jamie fighting the Kingswood Brotherhood, yet another bit of info from a Storm of Swords moved up to game of Thrones. This scene was not in the book, and only serves to make Robert seem like a true ass hole.
18. Changed: The Dothraki Sea
In the book, Danny rides off alone on her horse into the Dothraki sea after commanding the khalasar to halt and wait for her. In the TV show she dismounts and wanders off for no apparent reason. Also, in the book, she's the one who commands Viserys to walk back to camp without a horse... something that has much more meaning in the book than it did in the show having Jhogo make that decision. Also, in the book it was made clear Viserys was enraged after Mormont told him to stay on the ridge. In the TV show, it seemed a little odd that Viserys would fly off the handle without recieving a direct command.
19. Changed: Jon's final meeting with Benjen Stark.
In the book, the meeting happened as Benjen was riding out for his ranging, not at the top of the Wall.
20. Changed: Tyrion's meeting in the feast hall of Castle Black
We finally get a proper introduction to Yoren, who seems much less sour than he was in the books. And for some reason, Benjen Stark is given all of Allister Thorne's hostility towards Tyrion.
21. Changed: The revelation of Danny's Pregnancy
slight change from the books. Danny is practicing her dothraki when Jhiqui tells her she's pregnant. In the book, Danny already knows. In the show, it takes Danny by surprise.
22. Added: Mormont's scene with Jhogo, discussing weapons and armor
This was not in the books. And in the books, Jorah never left the khalasar to ride to Quohor after discovering danny was pregnant.
23. Removed: Jon offering his help to Grenn and embarassing Thorne
Though we see Jon in the yard helping Grenn and Pyp, we don't see the transformation he goes through in the books heading into the feast hall to offer his help, and making fun of Ser Allister.
24. Changed: Tyrion's talk with Mormont and Maester Aemon
Many of Mormont's lines were given to Maester Aemon, who comes off more dour and crabby than he does in the books. In the books, the conversation he has with Mormont about the state of the Night's Watch is done alone, at night by a fire. Here, its done with both Mormont and Maester Aemon during the day.
25. Added: Danny and Drogo in bed
The scene where she tells Drogo her child will be a boy was not in the book.
26. Added: Tyrion pissing off the top of the wall
In the book, Tyrion never actually pissed off the edge of the world. However, they seemed to feel the need to show that in the TV series. Also, Jon did not ask Tyrion to help Bran, as he did in the book. And they completely left out the whole "friendship" affirmation that preceded the final handshake between Jon and Tyrion.
27. Changed: Ned watching Arya with Syrio Forell
In the books, Ned was never present at any of Arya's trainings. Also, Syrio Forell was bald in the book.
Overall, I thought the pace of this episode was much to fast, and the writers are yet again making strange changes to iconic lines and scenes. The best scene in my opinion was Arya and Syrio, since it was the most faithful to the books and worked the best in the show. Honestly, many of these changes are just unnecessary. Makes me wonder why the producers are doing these changes.
Also: NO GHOST AGAIN!!!! What is up with that? And come to think of it, no sight of Mormont's crow either. :-(
Edited by The_Halfhand, 02 May 2011 - 02:20 AM.