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.
At 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.