Two of the most popular characters in HBO's “Game of Thrones” recently met in Season 5, episode 7. The characters have still not faced each other in the books upon which the TV series is based, and the producers revealed in a recent interview why the show took a different turn. [Spoiler Alert!]
Tyrion Lannister, played by Peter Dinklage, has yet to meet Daenerys Targaryen, played by Emilia Clarke, in the books written by George R.R. Martin. But the viewers of the show got to see the two characters meet in episode 7.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, executive producer David Benioff explained why the decision was made. Benioff said that it “creatively it made sense” for the producers to see the two characters meet. The producers apparently felt that getting the two characters that close to each other and not let them meet “felt incredibly frustrating.”
Another reason for the two characters to meet was because the TV series was moving at a much quicker pace than the books and the producers didn’t want to spend “four seasons in Meereen.” Daenerys is currently facing some challenges in the city of Meereen, but her ultimate goal has always been to reclaim the Iron Throne.
Lord Varys, played by Conleth Hill, planned to send Tyrion to Meereen and meet with Daenerys in “Game of Thrones” Season 5. That mission will end in Meereen, explained Benioff, so Tyrion may not get to meet some of the other characters he met in the books while he was on his way to meet Daenerys.
Talking about the possible anger that some of the fans of the book series may express, Benioff conceded that some viewers may consider the major departures of the TV series from the books as “blasphemy.” However, the producer explained that they can’t be “afraid of the reactions” when they are doing what they believe to be in the “best interest” of the show.
Episode 8 of “Game of Thrones” Season 5 will reportedly feature the “first real conversation” between Tyrion Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen. According to the report, this will be one of the best scenes in the current season. The report points out that after the death of Barristan, played by Ian McElhinney, the mother of dragons will be in need of Tyrion’s help. However, a question of trust may come in between the two characters.