A Song of Ice and Fire readers are in for a surprise when George R.R. Martin eventually finishes the sixth book in the series, The Winds of Winter (take your time, buddy). While speaking to IGN, Martin, who recently thanked fans for not being impatient dicks, said that he’s included a twist that isn’t possible on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Why? Because the character it concerns is dead.
“I have decided to do that, yes. Will you know it? I don’t know. It’s fairly obvious, because it’s something that involves a couple of characters, one of whom is dead on the show, but not dead in the books. So, the show can’t do this, unfortunately, because they’ve killed a character that I have not killed. But that doesn’t narrow it down much, because at this point, there are like, fifteen characters who are dead in the show who are still alive in the books.” (Vi IGN)
Martin has been teasing the possibility of this “great twist” since last year, when the author told EW that “this is something that seems very organic and natural, and I could see how it would happen.” Now that he’s confirmed it’s actually in The Winds of Winter, it’s time to wildly speculate about what not-dead character Martin’s referring to? I think it’s Jon Snow, because if all the nonsense that’s happened since the season five finale has taught me anything, it’s that everything comes back to Jon Snow.
And if I’m wrong, well, I know nothing.