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Game of Thrones viewers witnessed HBO’s fantasy epic come to an end in a brutal and unexpected conclusion. While many of the fan-favourite characters saw hugely unprecedented endings, viewers have now become aware of a number of storylines that were axed from the show, and George RR Martin’s books.
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Viewers are aware that the respective love lives of Arya Stark (played by Maisie Williams) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington) were huge parts of the story.
Arya was of course involved with Gendry (Joe Dempsie) throughout the final season, bringing their collective stories to a natural conclusion.
Their relationship began back in season one, and has sprawled over the eight seasons of the complete series.
However Jon’s relationship was the flagship event of the final season.
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Jon’s time with Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) in the final season saw him go from an endless love to literally murdering her.
But viewers have now been informed that George RR Martin originally planned to put Jon and Arya together in a passionate love affair.
The show’s author wrote a pitch letter to producers back in the 1990s, in which he detailed the addition of this love story.
Within the letter, Martin wrote: “[Arya] realises, with terror, that she has fallen in love with Jon, who is not only her half-brother but a man of the Night’s Watch, sworn to celibacy.
“Their passion will continue to torment Jon and Arya throughout the trilogy.”
While the pair’s love affair is staved off, viewers would have seen Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) also falling head-over-heels in love with Arya.
The letter continued: “[Tyrion is] helplessly in love with Arya Stark while he’s at it.
“His passion is, alas, unreciprocated, but no less intense for that, and it will lead to a deadly rivalry between Tyrion and Jon Snow.”
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While these stories were left out of the final product, viewers would have no doubt loved to have seen these odd match-ups take place on screen, and indeed see Jon and Arya rule Westeros together as a Targaryen and a Stark.
Meanwhile, viewers have recently noted a huge discrepancy during a scene which involves Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony).
One fan on Reddit pointed out the king-to-be called one of the cities in Westeros the wrong name.
They wrote: “When Renly and Catelyn are negotiating the terms of Renly’s alliance with Robb, Renly calls Moat Cailin ‘Moat Caitlin.’
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“As someone who served as Master of Laws on King Robert’s Small Council, he should know the correct name of the territory he is referring to.”
This event was of course an error on the show’s part, and fans were not too happy about it.
But as Renly was just about to be killed off, could he have instead been a little nervous about being targeted by his brothers?
Game of Thrones seasons 1-8 are available to stream on NOW TV.
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