GRRM’s Original Ideas For Game of Thrones and Next Season

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Earlier this year, an eagle-eyed Redditor named TheNextRobin spotted something amazing when reading a Waterstones tweet. We know, what the hell could Waterstones have said that would’ve been amazing? Well he noticed that their tweet had three photos of a 1993 letter George RR Martin wrote to a person named Ralph. We assume he’s an editor or literary agent, or something. But that’s not the point. Martin unveils his original ideas for Game of Thrones, and we’ve summarised the details below. It’s pretty mind-blowing stuff (see the letter here: part 1, part 2 and part 3). More than just doing that we’ve also analysed what the letter might mean for the future of our beloved characters. This is just our opinion, but may contain some *emotional spoilers*. You’ve been warned.

A Trilogy Expands

Original ideas for Game of Thrones and how they affect the next season

“I want the reader to feel that no one is ever completely safe, not even the characters who seem to be the heroes.” Yes, we know, George. You love doing that. But, to be fair, we’re big fans of it too. The original A Song of Ice and Fire series was set to be an epic trilogy that focused on politics (the battle for the iron throne between Houses Stark and Lannister), dragons (Daenerys and her ascent) and the others (everything beyond the wall). Here’s GRRM’s original idea in his own words:

“While the lion of Lannister and the direwolf of Stark snarl and scrap, however, a second and greater threat takes shape across the narrow sea, where the Dothraki horselords mass their barbarian hordes for a great invasion of the Seven Kingdoms, led by the fierce and beautiful Daenerys Stormborn, the last of the Targaryen dragonlords. The Dothraki invasion will be the central story of my second volume, A Dance with Dragons.

The greatest danger of all, however, comes from the north, from the icy wastes beyond the Wall, where half-forgotten demons out of legend, the inhuman others, raise cold legions of the undead and the neverborn and prepare to ride down on the winds of winter to extinguish everything that we would call “life.””

So, in terms of what will happen in the next season, it’s looking likely we’ll finally see Daenerys’s invasion of King’s Landing with support from her new Dothraki army, but we suspect it might just be in vain. The danger from beyond the wall is becoming even greater, so we reckon she’ll not sit on the Iron Throne, rather she’ll have to help battle the Wights and the Whitewalkers. In fact, we suspect she might not even make it out of that battle, but that’s just a hunch. Rather, we reckon Bran or a potentially revived Jon Snow will become the chosen one.

Party of 5

Original ideas for Game of Thrones and how they affect the next season

To further clarify our tin-foil, we present you the idea that only five characters will survive to the end! Those being Tyrion, Daenerys, Arya, Bran and Jon.

“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.”

Most people on the amazing ASOIAF Sub-Reddit reckon that these five characters are pretty much invincible. But, as we saw from the earlier quotation, GRRM likes putting us into a false sense of security. Who knows if Jon Snow is actually alive/dead after all? More than that, is there room for all of these characters to survive? You’d think so but that means that they’d have to be working together to some degree. Some fans have suggested that there will be three riders for Daenerys’s three dragons, and they shall ride them together to glory. It could justifiably be any combination of the 5, but most people think it’ll be Tyrion, Jon and Daenerys…How amazing would that be? We just need their characters to be united. Could Jon be awoken by Melisandre and then directed by R’hllor to meet the queen of fire Daenerys to form a union? Furthermore, not only would this just be cool but this would match up to the title of the book series and be a true Song of Ice and Fire.

The Lannisters and Sansa

Original ideas for Game of Thrones and how they affect the next season

One big part of GRRM’s letter is how the Lannisters story develops. A few things of note include: Joffrey and Sansa have a baby, Robb and Joffrey meet on the battlefield and Robb maims Joffrey, Joffrey gets killed by Tyrion and then Jaime kills almost everyone else. By the end of that saga Jaime is then the sole remaining king. Could that still happen in the future or has Jaime’s character been softened too much? We still have a love for Jaime’s complex character, so maybe it wouldn’t be so bad? Actually, it probably would be. We’re sorry. Expect bloodshed in the next season. No Lannister is safe.

“Tyrion Lannister will continue to travel, to plot, and to play the game of thrones, finally removing his nephew Joffrey in disgust at the boy king’s brutality. Jaime Lannister will follow Joffrey on the throne of the Seven Kingdoms, by the simple expedient of killing everyone ahead of him in the line of succession and blaming his brother Tyrion for the murders.”

Arya…Please Don’t

Original ideas for Game of Thrones and how they affect the next season

“Exiled, Tyrion will change sides, making common cause with the surviving Starks to bring his brother down, and falling helplessly in love with Arya Stark while he’s at it. His passion is, alas, unreciprocated, but no less intense for that, and it will lead to a deadly rivalry between Tyrion and Jon Snow.”

Arya fancies Jon Snow, Tyrion loves Arya. This is such a god-awful love triangle. Our minds hurt. Arya, no! You cannot fall in love with Jon. We refuse. Nope. Next. This is one of the worst of the original ideas for Game of Thrones. If it happens on the next season/in the next book then we’re going to lose our freakin’ minds.


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