10. Your Sister
Littlefinger’s murder of Lysa Arryn was a pretty iconic moment. Lysa is freaking out and threatening to throw Sansa out the moon door when Littlefinger steps in to calm her down. “I have only loved one woman, only one my entire life,” he assures her. “Your sister,” he finishes, pushing her out the door to her death.
Hell yes! What a great scene, right? Well, when this episode aired, book fans immediately freaked out over changes the showrunners made here. In the book, right before killing Lysa, instead of saying “Your sister,” Littlefinger says “Only Cat.”
Isn’t that pretty much the same? Basically, yes, but “Only Cat” became kind of an iconic line among readers and served as code for this amazing scene, and so when it was changed, they got pretty annoyed. But really, this was such a pointless thing to get upset about.
In fact, the change actually makes a lot of sense. In a show where viewers already have a difficult time keeping track of characters, and Catelyn Stark was rarely called by her nickname “Cat,” the original line would just be confusing. The reaction among non-readers wouldn’t be shock, but instead, “wait, Littlefinger only loves cats? Huh?”
If the showrunners omitted the scene entirely, that would be worth complaining about. But here, they still did the moment justice, simply tweaking one line to avoid confusion.