Throughout the [Game of Thrones](movie:817617) series to date, changes have been made to expedite the storyline development and reduce the number of tangent storylines that seemed unnecessary to the show's writers.
While many fans of 'A Song of Ice and Fire' have been outraged by the alterations made so far, there are plenty more to come that will really bother ASOIAF devotees.
Arianne Martell is No More, But Will Quentyn Appear?
While three Sand Snakes have been cast and appear to be major players in Season 5, there does not appear to be an Arianne Martell in the show. In the books, Arianne is the daughter of Prince Doran and is the heiress to Dorne.
The books include an intriguing twist when we discover that Quentyn, Arianne's brother, is in fact on a voyage to marry Daenerys, which appears unlikely to feature in the show.
Arianne is a feisty, intelligent, ambitious Princess that will be sorely lacking in the show. Let's just hope the three Sand Snakes will make up for this loss.
Sansa to Become a Bolton?
Newly brunette-d Sansa Stark could be heading back home to Winterfell.
As many theories have suggested, the new 'Dark/Darth Sansa' could be looking for revenge, after having seen up close the vicious game of thrones moves made by Littlefinger and Cersei.
Suggestions are rife that Sansa could be sent to Winterfell by Littlefinger in a plot to take over the North, now that he has the Eyrie sewn up.
In the latest trailer, we hear Littlefinger telling Sansa that:
"There is no justice in this world, not unless we make it."
This snippet, suggesting that he needs to convince her to go along with some hairbrained scheme, is followed by another clue to Sansa's homecoming, that has been cleverly explained in the following graphic.
While fans may be shocked by this potential development, it does make a bit of sense.
Instead of having Jeyne Poole pretend to be Arya Stark in order to solidify the Bolton's claims on the North, the past of Arys could be played by her own flesh and blood, but with the intention of one day reclaiming the land for herself/Littlefinger.
If that means the Boltons are going to have their comeuppance sooner rather than later, I'm all for it!
Even More Deaths Than In The Books
While George R. R. Martin does his fair share of unexpected killing off of characters, we were warned recently, by the great man himself, that the writers are going to be even "bloodier" than he was!
Characters that are still alive as of the end of 'A Dance With Dragons' are going to be dropping like flies in the upcoming season.
Ramsay Bolton could be one of them, particularly if the above plotline involving Sansa is believed. Could lovable Bronn also be offed? Seems unlikely, given his enormous fanbase... but that didn't save anyone else, did it?
No Aeron, No Victarion, Just Euron
Dorne and its various power players will undoubtedly be the main new setting for Game of Thrones in Season 5, so the Iron Islands will most likely continue to be overlooked by the writers.
Theon's father, Balon, will surely die, but the jockeying to become his replacement that occurs in the books at the Kingsmoot and takes up many chapters of 'A Feast for Crows' seems to be a moot point for the show.
The successor to Balon will be Euron, that claims to know where to find 3 dragons, and his brothers, Victarion and Aeron, will be left out of the series altogether.
This deviation is far more likely and understandable than others, given the potentially dry nature of the scenes involving these brothers and the need to reduce the number of new characters that appear in Season 5. Viewers can only view so many new faces, so Dornishmen and Dornishwomen will easily fill up the quotas.
What other theories have you heard about [Game of Thrones](movie:817617) Season 5 that would see it diverging from the books?
Do you believe any of the above theories? What do you want to see happen when [Game of Thrones](movie:817617) returns to our screens on April 12th?