George R.R. Martin’s sixth Game of Thrones book will feature a major twist no longer possible in the TV series because the character involved has already been killed off, the author has confirmed.
Martin dropped the big hint during a recent interview with IGN (via Squareeyed), revealing that The Winds of Winter will be going in a whole new direction that divorces it from the show: “I have decided to do that, yes. Will you know it? I don’t know. It’s fairly obvious because it’s something that involves a couple of characters, one of whom is dead on the show but not dead in the books,” he said. “So, the show can’t do this, unfortunately, because they’ve killed a character that I have not killed.”
“That doesn’t narrow it down much because at this point there are like 15 characters who are dead in the show who are still alive in the books,” the 67-year-old added.
Game of Thrones is scheduled to return to small screens on 24 April while The Winds of Winter is yet to receive a publication date, but Martin is currently working on it. The author missed the last deadline in January and apologised to fans over the wait but he conceded in the interview that he has “always been a slow writer.” He also explained that serving as a producer on Game of Thrones has been a distraction.