For the first (major) time in five years, "Game of Thrones" book readers no longer have the upper hand. Fans were warned that the new season of "GoT" would deviate heavily from George R.R. Martin's books with unexpected deaths and altered storylines -- and the premiere brought both of those things. We're all going into these upcoming episodes as blind as Maester Aemon, and as Richard Lawson's Vanity Fair review contends, Season 5 is better than ever because of it.
Sunday night's premiere kicked off with the first unexpected death of the season. In the episode's final moments, we saw Jon Snow try to persuade Mance Rayder, the King Beyond the Wall, to swear allegiance to Stannis as he attempts to take back the North. But the prideful Mance refused, and thus bur...
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