Game of Thrones Twist Dead Character

Game of Thrones Author: Show 'Can't Do' New Book Twist — Find Out Why

George R. R. Martin is still working on The Winds of Winter, the latest in his series of novels on which HBO’s Game of Thrones is based, but he dropped a tease as tasty as Arbor Gold in a recent interview: The novel will include a twist that involves a character who’s dead on the TV show but alive in his books — meaning the series probably won’t be able to include said twist in a future episode.

“The show can’t do this, unfortunately, because they’ve killed a character I have not killed,” Martin told IGN. (Watch the full interview here.)

In January, the author announced that the next book in the Song of Ice and Fire lineup wouldn’t be ready before the sixth season of the TV drama premieres on Sunday, April 24 (9/8c).

As such, he wrote on his blog at the time, “… Inevitably, there will be certain plot twists and reveals in Season 6 of Game of Thrones that have not yet happened in the books… For years, my readers have been ahead of the viewers. This year, for some things, the reverse will be true.”

During the recent interview, Martin warned that guessing the characters affected by the book-based shakeup would be tough work. His tease “doesn’t narrow it down much,” he said, “because at this point there are, like, 15 characters who are dead on the show who are still alive in the books.”

Sounds like a challenge to us! Might he even be talking about… Jon Snow? Game of Thrones faithful, hit the comments with your guesses on who Martin might be talking about!

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15 Comments
  1. Give me Jon Snow or give me death!

  2. Richard StClair says:

    I still think Jon could be alive because right before the boy asked him to come outside he was sitting at table dozing off. So maybe, hopefully it’s all a dream. Hey I can “dream”!

    • Tally says:

      Jon is dead. Jon is dead because the plot requires it. Two big reasons: 1. Melisandre can’t resurrect a living person (like Thoros brought back Beric Dondarrion); and 2. There’s no other way for him to get out of his Night’s Watch vows and become the person he’s meant to be. (Which we’re also going to most likely get this year via a Bran vision of the past.) Kit is no way off the show – if that makes you feel better. His character, however, needs this to happen.

  3. Joey says:

    Its so unfortunate that, with the exceptions of Bran and Daenerys, Jon Snow has some of the most boring POV chapters in the entire series.

    • Ryan says:

      Ohmygod finally someone else said it. Some people say it isn’t, but I think it’s boring for some reason. The story in the Wall is not moving as quickly as I expect it to.

  4. Kat says:

    Didn’t he specifically mention Rob Starks wife at some convention last year with regards to major changes the show made? Maybe that was just the first thing he thought of or maybe she was on his mind for a reason.

    • Joey says:

      It’s not that Robb Stark’s wife didn’t die in the books, it’s more that she’s a completely different person. Talisa Maegyr doesn’t exist in the book series. In the books, he married Jeyne Westerling of House Westerling, a bannerman of House Lannister.

  5. Steve F. says:

    One of the first characters that came to mind was Ser Barristan Selmy… in the books, he has a great POV arc going, but in the HBO series was killed off last season. So, there’s that option.

  6. Shaun Davis says:

    Could be Mance

  7. virajd27 says:

    Could be Queen Stoneheart..

  8. Joeboo says:

    It’s probably Stannis. Dead on the show but alive in the books. I always thought he’d end up as lord commander of the Nights Watch (he’s more of a jack hole on the show). He’s a perfect fit since he’s such a hardliner and obviously would never be king of Westeros. As for Jon Snow, yes he is “dead” and yes Melisandre should be able to revive him since she is a priestess of Rhylor and it is even said her magic is stronger at The Wall so she should be able to do what Thoros did for Dondarrion. In the books there are subtle hints that Jon’s connection with Ghost is stronger right before he is assassinated. He’s able to smell his men before they arrive, like a dog and he calls out to ghost before he dies. Probably means he wargs into Ghost so when she brings him back, he’s not as changed as Dondarrion was each time he was revived. AND technically he would have fulfilled his vows to the Nights Watch (you serve until death). That would allow him to leave the Wall honorably and fulfill his destiny as Azor Asahi.
    See… Kit Harrington and the producers aren’t lying… Just cryptic when they tell the press that Jon is dead. Yes he is… And yes he’ll be back. Outside of the hints in the books, Martin slipped during an interview and mentioned 4 core characters who’s stories will take them to the end: Arya, Dany, Tyrion and (oops) Jon. :-)

  9. Layton says:

    It is either Stannis or Barrister since both are still alive in the books and probably have an important role to play.

  10. caryl says:

    Maybe it was a dream sequence.