Not that we know exactly what the plot twist is, of course, but IGN has followed up on George’s promise of a “big, revealing twist on a long-time character”. In April 2015 George told EW that:

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.

Now George has confirmed:

I have decided to do it[…] It’s fairly obvious because it is 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 it, unfortunately, because they have killed a character I have not killed. But that doesn’t narrow it down much because at this point there are like fifteen characters who are dead on the show who are still alive in the books.

Barristan_selmy_sons_of_the_harpyAt the moment my money is on Ser Barristan Selmy, mainly because his death was the first time I have seen a reaction from George that was not strictly neutral; in fact George has been more vocal about his lack of control over storylines and his disapproval of characters being killed off in the show when they are alive in the books since the episode in question, Sons of the Harpy. His editor Jane Johnson also took to Twitter to voice her displeasure over the ‘divergences’ from the books.

George has always maintained that he doesn’t allow the show to interfere his narrative, and this is probably just the tip of the iceberg. It only gives us even more to look forward to in the books.

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Olga Hughes is currently pre-occupied with fairy tales, fantasy, misanthropy, medieval history and the long eighteenth century. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently majoring in Literature and History at Deakin. She has contributed to websites such as History behind Game of Thrones, The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society.

2 Responses

  1. Amazing

    I would disagree with it being about Ser Barristan Selmy, my bet is its about Sansa.
    He says the plot will include 4 well known characters which one is dead not all of them are dead just a dead character will play a part in the twist that leaves many possibilities, so I just don’t think it will be Barristan.
    I think also this quote indicates it’s someone who the show has done irreversible damage to their character.
    “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”
    With Sansa they have completely stripped her of her story with what they did last season, her story is clearly the most changed and they cannot reverse her back into the character GRRM has.
    It’s possible GRRM is referring to Lady Stone Heart, maybe Sansa has interaction with her somehow in AWOW or maybe Sansa even somehow manages to become the betrothed of the “Prince Aegon” character who the show has left dead.
    I think there are several options right now but his line about they show making decisions he has not made, made me immediately think of Sansa. Who else’s story have they changed to the extent of Sansa. Other then character’s that were killed off before their time, even though the stories have changed, Tyrion is still east, Cersei is still having her trial be done, Dany has taken off with her Dragon, Jon Snow is “dead”, Arya is in the free cities, Brienne is looking for Sansa, and Stannis was in the North.
    Most of the main character’s storylines are the same, I’d say the only character who comes close to the changes Sansa has gone through is Jaime and his story is still similar in the idea of him going away from Kings Landing and getting away from Cersei’s influence, that’s the most important part of that story.
    I think if any character is gonna have some kinda twist the show can no longer do it’s gonna have to do with Sansa due to how they’ve changed her storyline already.

    • Olga Hughes

      Although Lady Stoneheart hasn’t been killed off on the show as she was never introduced, and George is fairly adamant that Stoneheart and Cat are two different characters. I know they have blown Sansa’s story to pieces but no one around her has died on the show that hasn’t in the books, off the top of my head.

      There’s also Pyp and Grenn. I scoured high and low yesterday looking for something George said about it last year but I couldn’t find it. But it was along the lines of ‘I didn’t create the characters for no reason’, in regards to Pyp, Grenn and Selmy. Pyp and Grenn could easily fit his description.