Whoa! Game of Thrones was going to be WAY different!
UK bookseller Waterstones tweeted — and then deleted — author George R. R. Martin‘s original pitch for A Song Of Ice And Fire way back in 1993, and it reveals a lot about the future of the series!
Or at least, the series that would have been. So much of the plot completely changed!
The craziest difference is that George thought he could tell the epic story in only THREE NOVELS!
Ha! Maybe if the books were each 2500 pages… LOLz!
There were a lot of other big changes too! SPOILER ALERT even for fans — some of these events could still come to pass in future chapters — but here’s what was originally going to befall your fave characters:
Even in Martin’s original plan, Sean Bean was always going to die an early and shocking death. But in the pitch, Ned’s death was a bit more heroic as he used his last few hours to spirit Catelyn and Arya safely back to Winterfell.
Sansa Stark was going to marry Joffrey and have his baby! And she would end up choosing the Lannisters over the Starks, a decision Martin says she would “later bitterly rue.”
Robb Stark was originally going to meet his end at the hands of Jaime and Tyrion in battle — after maiming Joffrey!
Definitely a more satisfying end for the King in the North than the Red Wedding, which wasn’t even in the initial pitch.
When the Lannisters sacked Winterfell, Catelyn was going to escape with Bran and Arya to north of The Wall!
According to Martin, not all would make it! He wrote:
“Bran’s magic, Arya’s Needle and the savagery of their Direwolves will help them survive but their mother Catelyn will die at the hands of the Others.”
Man, that sounds rough! But rougher than what happened..?
Jon & Arya
In probably the most shocking twist in the original pitch, Jon Snow was meant to fall in love with his adopted sister Arya Stark! WTF??
Yep, apparently they’re kept apart “until the secret of Jon’s true parentage is finally revealed in the last book.”
Does this mean Ned really isn’t Jon’s father, as many fans have guessed?
├óΓé¼ΓÇ╣Tyrion was initially going to leave the Lannisters and join the Starks when JAIME LANNISTER BECAME KING!
And, like Jon, he was going to fall in love with Arya! Man, that’s just some cradle-robbing we’re glad we never saw!
The original plan for Daenerys Targaryan was a little more efficient — and a lot more ruthless!
She was going to murder Khal Drogo herself and return with her dragons to King’s Landing in only the second book!
Ultimately, Daenerys, Arya, Jon, Bran and Tyrion were the five characters guaranteed to survive to the final book.
Martin originally planned to follow them throughout the entire saga. He wrote:
“In a sense, my trilogy is almost a generational saga, telling the life stories of these five characters.”
As of now, that could still happen. Though so many other things have changed, we wouldn’t be surprised if one of those five protagonists were snatched from us out of nowhere.
[Image via HBO.]