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

Game of Thrones Twist Dead Character

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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