In a now deleted Twitter post, UK bookseller Waterstones published (confirmed by HarperCollinsUK’s account) photos of George R. R. Martin’s original outline for A Song of Ice and Fire. Because we don’t know exactly what will change, both for the books and the series, here’s your obligatory ***SPOILER warning. Some events have obviously already happened, but who knows what’s to come?
I repeat, Spoilers for what has been, and may yet come to pass!
In the letter, Martin outlines the five central characters: Tyrion Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen, Arya and Bran Stark, and Jon Snow. Here are some of the letter’s key points:
1. Ned and Catelyn Stark were always doomed to die.
2. Sansa Stark was to wed Joffrey Lannister, “bear him a son…and when the crunch comes, she will choose her husband and child over her parents and siblings, a choice she will later bitterly rue.”
3. Tyrion Lannister will befriend both Sansa and Arya Stark.
4. Bran foresees brother, Robb Stark’s downfall. “Robb will win several splendid battles, and maim Joffrey Baratheon on the battlefield, but in the end he will not be able to stand against Jaime and Tyrion Lannister…Robb Stark will die in battle, and Tyrion Lannister will besiege and burn Winterfell.”
5. After Winterfell burned, plans were for Catelyn to flee with Arya and Bran to the Wall, but Jon (Knights Watch give up their families) cannot help them, leading to a split between Bran and Jon; “Arya is more forgiving.”
6. Speaking of Arya and Jon, the youngest Stark daughter realizes she’s IN LOVE WITH JON. (What? What? What?) “Their passion will continue to torment Jon and Arya throughout the trilogy, until the secret of Jon’s true parentage is revealed in the last book.”
7. Forced to find refuge elsewhere, Catelyn and the younger Starks head beyond the wall, fall into Mance Rayder’s clutches, and encounter the Others. Bran and Arya are able to survive using magic and Needle, but Catelyn is killed by the Others.
8. Khal Drogo still kills Daenerys Targaryen’s brother, Viserys, but instead of being relieved, Dany waits for the right moment and KILLS HER HUSBAND. She flees with “a trusted friend,” finds a cache of dragon eggs, and plans her invasion of the Seven Kingdoms.
9. Tyrion plots and “continues to play the game of thrones, FINALLY REMOVING HIS NEPHEW, JOFFREY in disgust at the boy king’s brutality.” (Wow, I wish we’d gotten to see that play out.)
10. Jaime gets to the throne by KILLING EVERYONE IN THE LINE OF SUCCESSION AND BLAMING TYRION FOR THE MURDERS. In this manner, Tyrion is exiled, aligns himself with the remaining Starks, and “FALLING HOPELESSLY IN LOVE WITH ARYA STARK WHILE HE’S AT IT.” (Holy shit with Arya’s love life!) His feelings are not, however, reciprocated, leading to a “deadly rivalry between Tyrion and Jon.”
The rest of the letter — its last paragraph — is blacked out for spoilers. Okay, I don’t know about you all, but I simply haven’t had enough coffee to digest this properly. Does this change your end-of-series theories? Do you wish any or all of these revelations had come to pass? Clearly the list for who might end up on the Iron Throne just got very short…
Photos of the letters for your perusal: