HBO’s Game of Thrones follows George R.R. Martin’s series with relative accuracy. But many fans of the books are not happy with the looks that some of these Character’s display compared to how George Martin envisioned.
Of course, Hollywood is Hollywood and everyone must be attractive, but George Martin is who he is as well and his story calls for a much darker reality.
Look at Tyrion and the Hound. No one could call either of them very attractive, but imagine if you will if the TV series followed closer to the novels. He’s supposed to have different colored eyes, a squashed in face, and that slash across his face was supposed to also take out a good portion of his nose. The Hound’s burns are bad now but imagine black leathery skin patches across his face, a much narrower face than we’ve seen, then take out one of his ears, and you’ll see the Hound as he was in the novels.
Following the rules of attraction, we see some of the women in the show are probably more beautiful than they should be. Cersei Lannister played by a lovely Lena Headey should gain weight after life hits her pretty hard and she loses more and more of her children. But making up for that, she also should have green eyes. A similar fate for Ygritte, Jon Snow’s lover beyond the wall. She was described with a pug nose, eyes too wide apart, tangled hair, and crooked teeth.
Some could make the case that because Television’s standards for actors and actresses many other characters weren’t portrayed to be as ugly as the book would describe. Lysa Arryn isn’t fat, Sam isn’t fat enough. Daario Naharis doesn’t have blue hair and a yellow mustache, although that might have been for the best. Sometimes it seems like these descriptions in the book are all too strange for real life. Take Theon Greyjoy a.k.a “Reek”, He lost everything including his junk, but the book would have it that he loses teeth, fingers, and toes as well. Apparently, the experience was so traumatizing for him that he aged substantially turning his hair white and losing most of the meat on his bones.
As for our main characters Daenerys Targaryen, mother of dragons and breaker of chains, she should have violet eyes as a Targaryen trait. In addition, her along with Jon Snow and all the other Stark children should be about three to five years younger than they are in the show.
We can all see the problems, especially considering the maturity of this show, in having a much younger cast. We can see why the series doesn’t bother to go through such outrageous makeup ordeals to fit George R.R. Martin’s descriptions of characters. Remember that the world of Game of Thrones is not anything like our own, we don’t have dragons or three years of winter, it’s not easy to give everyone a new eye color or hair pattern, and fit the exact descriptions of the book. That’s what makes reading it so special, the images we are given that are too much to be produced on Earth. Enjoy the experience you have reading a book, because no director will be able to replicate it.
If you are like me and are desperately awaiting the finale of the HBO series of Game of Thrones. And if you’re like me you’re also really bummed to know that the show won’t be back until 2019, most likely will be airing that spring. The one string of good hope is that these episodes will be longer than what we saw in the previous seasons but will only be 6 episodes long. Enjoy it while it lasts, I know I will.