Cramming five novels worth of the dense plot and detailed characterisation of George RR Martins A Song of Ice and Fire into Game of Thrones was always going to be a task worthy of an archmaester.
And there are many moments TV devotees should be grateful didnt make it into the show. Take Daenerys fleeing Meereen on Drogons back. Its a huge development on both page and screen, but the book doesnt stop with the Mother of Dragons riding one of her scaly offspring for the first time. Upon landing, she has violent diarrhoea, which is written about in lengthy and stomach-turning detail.
But for every bowel mishap we can be glad didnt make the cut, we have characters and plot points that were removed from the show more ruthlessly than Ned Starks head from his shoulders. Here are some that would have been brilliant to see.