On Feb. 4, 2015, just a few months before the beginning of Season 5, British book retailer Waterstones shared George R.R. Martin’s 1993 three-page pitch letter on Twitter. The tweets were subsequently deleted, but Reddit user TheNextRobin had already got the receipts, and shared the images elsewhere online. Variety quickly covered the story.
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Now, as season 7, the second last of the series, draws to a close, and fans are beginning to allow themselves to consider the end, the letter has once again resurfaced. A lot of what Martin had plotted in over twenty years ago has since changed in both the series and the books (including but not limited to such INSANITY as an Arya/Jon Snow love story and a Joffrey and Sansa baby), one point stands out, and it is the characters he envisions surviving.
AGAIN: SPOILER ALERT:
However, despite the many, many differences between the original pitch and the story as it stands now, this paragraph remains true:
“Five central characters will make it through all three volumes, however, growing from children to adults and changing the world and themselves in the process. In a sense, my trilogy is almost a generational saga, telling the life stories of these five characters, three men and two women. The five key players are Tyrion Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen, and three of the children of Winterfell, Arya, Bran, and the bastard Jon Snow.”
You may notice, THEY ARE ALL STILL ALIVE. You may also notice a glaring omission from this list. Where oh where, oh where is Sansa?
Okay, so she may well have been swapped in, or added on to this list. After all, she’s made it this far. But “making it this far” hasn’t been a foolproof way of avoiding gruesome death for many of our fallen GoT heroes (RIP) so, safe to say, we are a tiny bit nervous.
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