Original Game of Thrones Plan Revealed on Twitter
Waterstones has tweeted pictures of a 21-year-old letter sent by George R. R. Martin to his publisher detailing the original plot of A Song of Ice and Fire (better known to TV fans as Game of Thrones). The images have since been deleted but can be found on Tumblr. Presumably someone in Waterstones’ social media department will be getting a spanking today.
Of course, the plot as described by Martin in 1993 doesn’t bear too much resemblance to the epic novels or their awesome HBO adaptation, and we doubt they hold any real spoilers for the books still to be written. Nevertheless, the letter is mighty fun to read.
Here are some highlights:
More forbidden incest love
That’s right, the original books were supposed to be even more heavy on the incest! Jon Snow and Arya would be haunted by their forbidden love for one another, though the tension would abate when the mystery of Jon’s parentage was revealed. Is this further credence to R + L = J?
Daenerys is supposed to be invading Westeros already
By the midpoint of the series, young aspiring monarch Daenerys was already supposed to be invading Westeros. Novel fans will know that we’re way past the half-way point with no invasion in sight. Also, Dany killed her husband Khal Drogo out of revenge for her brother’s death, rather than mercy. One can only hope Viserys was a little nicer to her in the original draft.
Lord and Lady Stark were always set to die tragically
Lord Eddard Stark was always set for a sticky end at the axe of an executioner after discovering the secret of Joffrey’s parentage. Lady Catelyn and their eldest son Robb were also always set to die, but there’s no mention of a Red Wedding – so presumably the whole ordeal could have been a whole lot cleaner.
Tyrion swaps sides
Whilst the new series five trailer suggests Tyrion might go over to Team Khaleesi, in the original plan Martin claimed Tyrion would become a protector and supporter of the Stark sisters. He would later fall in love with Arya, though these feelings would be unreciprocated due to the aforementioned love for her half-brother.
Jaime Lannister to sit on the Iron Throne (for real)
Bad-guy-turned-lovable-Lannister Jaime was supposed to become king at some point, after slaughtering everyone in his path. Who else still kinda wants this ending?