George R. R. Martin Teases Shocking Potential Twist
A Song of Ice and Fire creator George R. R. Martin has teased a “crazy” new twist in the books, which is apparently already impossible in the television series.
According to Martin, the twist involves a character that has already been done away with in the bloodthirsty fantasy television show.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, he said, “I’m still weighing whether to go that direction or not. It’s a great twist. It’s easy to do things that are shocking or unexpected, but they have to grow out of characters. They have to grow out of situations. Otherwise, it’s just being shocking for being shocking. But this is something that seems very organic and natural, and I could see how it would happen. And with the various three, four characters involved… it all makes sense. But it’s nothing I’ve ever thought of before. And it’s nothing they can do in the show, because the show has already—on this particular character—made a couple decisions that will preclude it, where in my case I have not made those decisions.”
The interview raises further questions on the divergent paths of the ASOIAF novels and the Game of Thrones series. The HBO series will almost certainly finish sooner than the novels they are based upon. Currently the television series has one more novel’s worth of material to adapt, and there is no confirmed released date for the next novel The Winds of Winter.