In this world, you are either one of us or one of them—one of us being a fan of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire and the HBO series born of that called Game of Thrones.

And if you are a fan, you already know where this is headed. A wise Bookish Diva might have said (or screamed) that she has no words for what is happening on Game of Thrones and neither did George because he didn’t write them.  It has been days since the most recent episode of Game of Thrones aired. However, I am no Spoiler Sue. All you will get here is a fan’s frustrations, hopes, dreams and nightmares.

For those that have been living in a cave, here’s a quick recap:

  1. George R.R. Martin is writing an amazing series known as A Song of Ice and Fire. It is multi-book series that has yet to be completed. (Tick, tock George. None of us, especially you, are getting any younger.)
  2. Enamored of the series, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss developed the Game of Thrones television series, which HBO picked up.
  3. Book readers are elated and panicked at the prospect of a television series for many reasons, most importantly the concern about how true to the source material the show will be and the fear that the series would outpace the books.

Lo and behold, our fears were not unfounded. At the close of Season 4, we book readers realized that we were going to have to give up our well-earned knowledge of show plot lines. The pacing of Game of Thrones left us at Book 5, A Dance with Dragons, while a firm release date for Book 6, The Winds of Winter ,was nowhere in sight. If you are not a book reader, you probably do not understand why this is a big gosh darn deal. Let this Bookish Diva help you out.

A number of fan favorite characters, like Sansa Stark, do not have any more canon plot. So everything that happens on-screen from this point forward is a whole new world.  Nonetheless, like those who have not received the Light of R’hollor, we were excited for the start of Season 5.

All was well in the Seven Kingdoms—until Episode 3. Divergence does not seem like a strong enough word for what I witnessed. Entire plot lines from A Dance with Dragons were tossed away like one of Robert Baratheon’s bastards. This Bookish Diva will not even go into how certain marriage arrangements give the Drogon treatment to not only A Dance with Dragons, but also the latest excerpt bestowed upon the faithful by George R.R. Martin himself.

In spite of my misgivings as a book purist, I am excited for all the potential greatness. Oddly, it feels kind of good to be on the same footing as non-book readers. Though that may only last until the next skull-crushing deviation.

I know what you are thinking. You’re thinking that this cannot possibly be as deep as this Bookish Diva is implying. To that I say, you are wrong. Read the series, A Song of Ice and Fire (Bantam). Love it. Let it consume you like the fires of Khal Drogo’s funeral pyre.

Be tormented by teasers of The Winds of Winter. Revel in Sassy Sansa.

If you are current with the books and the show, then you will enjoy this FanBros recap by The Chico Leo and DJ BenHaMeen. Beware, they don’t care about your issues with spoilers.

Lastly, this Bookish Diva would not be a Sand Snake worthy of the Viper’s parentage if I didn’t share this glimpse of the most dangerous women in Dorne.