WARNNG: Game of Thrones spoilers will appear in this post. If you’ve yet to watch season five, the series up to this point, read the books, or heard about it from a nerdy friend, don’t read this post.
There have been plenty of moments where Game of Thrones has diverged from George R.R. Martin’s book series. The HBO hit has excised characters, shortened plotlines, and added sequences that either did not happen in the books or has yet to appear. Hardhome from season five is a fine example of something the television series did that was above and beyond what the book alluded to.
Another group of moments that happened on the show, but haven’t been in the books yet revolve around Stannis Baratheon and his family. Not only is Stannis still questionably alive in the book series — questionable because we don’t actually know he’s fully dead on the show — but his daughter is also still among the living.
But not for long according to George R.R. Martin. There have been teases that it’s going to happen, but Martin denied it to save from spoiling his own books. But now, according to Den of Geek, the author has confirmed his intentions to kill the young girl in a similar manner to how it happened in the show:
Although it has yet to feature in A Song Of Ice And Fire, George R.R. Martin has confirmed that it was always his intention for Stannis and Melisandre to sacrifice Shireen to the God of Light.
Wonderful, right? We’ll get to relive that moment once again with written detail. It won’t be as bad as hearing a little girl crying out in sheer terror, but still going to be rough.
Den of Geek’s run down of the commentary for the 5th season Blu Ray carries a lot of other tidbits within, including some behind-the-scenes secrets and another thread on all of that Jon Snow business. Kit Harington can come and go as he pleases at this point. My favorite bit is finding out that the Wight kids in the Hardhome episode aren’t exactly kids.
(Via Den of Geek)