Game Of Thrones: 8 Book Ages That Will Shock You

Is age really just a number in Westeros?

When watching Game Of Thrones, it's hard not to be shocked by the endless murder, violence, nudity and sex, even if you're not exactly conservative. It's just one of those shows that inspire reactions. Which is mainly why it's the most successful television show ever. No matter how much the events on the show drop your jaw to the floor, just imagine how much more George R. R. Martin can get away with in his novels where there's no issue of censorship or HBO breathing down his neck. In other words, he can basically get away with whatever he wants. One of the most shocking things that you don't really grasp in the show are the ages of the characters. While they've been aged up on the show (and the actors who play them are even older), their ages in the novels are simply crazy considering the things they go through. But it's a gentle reminder that olden times were CRAZY...

8. Myrcella Baratheon Was Only 12 When She Was Poisoned

The death of Myrcella Baratheon was hardly shocking. She wasn't really an interesting character and we all knew that Cersei's children would meet their demise one way or another. Her death scene was also done in an unsurprising manner - Ellaria Martell and her Sand Snakes (who were amazing in the book, but an absolute yawnfest on the show) poisoned her with a "kiss of death". However, even though Myrcella was clearly aged up a few years on the show and Nell Tiger Free (the actress who plays her) was 16 years old in season 5, you would be shocked to find out that sweet little Myrcella was only 12 years old when she died in the books. So much for Oberyn Martell saying, "We don't hurt little girls in Dorne." I guess Ellaria forgot about that motto and waited for Myrcella to just be off of the coast to kill her.

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