If you're a fan of both the Game Of Thrones TV show and the fantasy books it is based on, we have some troubling news for you. Yesterday, Season 4 officially crossed over into uncharted territory, revealing plot details and characters that have yet to show up in the actual books (George R. R. Martin is still in the process of writing them y'see). You now have the unenviable choice of spoiling future books or blacklisting the TV show entirely.
Without giving too much away, Episode 4 of Game Of Thrones unloaded a treasure trove of previously unknown information about the villainous Others; including their leader, stronghold and the manner in which they are created.
All of this has been kept a deliberate mystery in the books and long-term fans are understandably peeved at HBO's leap-frogging adaptation. After all, the show is supposed to be approximately halfway through book 3, which should make it a spoiler-free zone. [Note: while the show often deviates from the source material, these have all been pure inventions in the past. Last night's reveal was different in that it deals with plot details that will eventually figure in the books.]
Presumably, this story thread will be advanced as the rest of the season unfolds, which means even more spoilers may be on the horizon. In other words, it's time to decide which you love more: the books or the show? Let us know what you plan to do in the comments section below.
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