There’s been a lot of speculation about the fate of certain Game Of Thrones characters that appeared to be dead at the end of the season 5 finale!
In the world of the hit HBO fantasy series, fans tend to follow the rule that a character isn’t really dead until you see a dead body — and even then, the series’ magical element gives hope that life after death of a character is always a possibility!
But after A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin confirmed a certain character was still alive in his books, fans are wondering if the same fate will play out when the show returns next spring!
In his latest LiveJournal post, GRRM responded to a question that asked about the state of Stannis Baratheon, who is believed to have met his death after the battle against Ramsay Bolton — both in the books and the show!
After a fan commented on the blog, asking if Stannis was indeed alive or dead, the 66-year-old responded with:
“In my books? Alive, beyond a doubt”.
It does make sense. At the end of book five, A Dance With Dragons, we learn of Stannis’ fate through “the pink letter” Ramsay wrote to Jon Snow, which reveals the alleged deaths of a bunch of characters.
While Martin’s confirmation tells us that “the pink letter” was at least in part a lie, Stannis’ fate in the books isn’t necessarily congruent with that on the show — the two stories have already begun to diverge from one another (*COUGH* Shireen Baratheon *COUGH*)!
Still, Stannis’ fate in the show isn’t 100% confirmed either.
In the finale, Stannis is killed by Brienne of Tarth in the forest, but the scene cuts with the swipe of her sword:
We never actually see the brutal murder — something that the series usually makes a really big and gross show of.
However, the timeline in the books is a bit confusing, so while Martin confirmed Stannis was alive in the books, he could very well just kill him off in the first chapter of Winds Of Winter — because he does sh*t like that!
Do YOU think Stannis will be alive when GoT returns for season 6?
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