Attention Game of Thrones fans, the Internet has just gifted us with the most delightful, spoiler-tastic document we’ve ever had the pleasure to behold. Thanks to an eagle-eyed Redditor, we can all read George R.R. Martin’s original pitch letter for his entire Song of Ice and Fire saga.
The three-page letter, dated October 1993, was spotted in and later deleted from the Twitter feed of UK bookseller Waterstones, outlines Martin’s very detailed plans for the “high fantasy” novel.
SPOILERS GALORE in these documents. Seriously. Avert (or feast) your eyes upon this new intel accordingly.
A few choice words from Martin:
Philosophy: “As you know, I don’t outline my novels… I do, however have some strong notions as to the overall structure of the story I’m telling and the eventual fate of many of the principal characters in the drama” (Read: Death, for everyone! Except for five principal characters who Martin says make it all the way through to the final volume of his series, which was originally planned as a trilogy.)
The major plotline of forthcoming book The Winds of Winter: “The greatest danger of all, however, comes from the north… where half-forgotten demons out of legend, the inhuman others, raise cold legions of the undead and neverborn and prepare to ride down on the winds of winter to extinguish everything that we would call ‘life.’”
“The cast will not always remain the same.”
“Some of the fatalities will include sympathetic viewpoint characters. I want the reader to feel that no one is ever completely safe, not even the characters who seem to be the heroes.”
“This is going to be (I hope) quite an epic.”
A few differences proposed in the letter that did not make it into Martin’s books:
-Tyrion was originally meant to “besiege and burn Winterfell.”
-Catelyn, Bran and Arya were then going to flee to the Wall where they encounter a mature Jon who they haven’t seen in years and don’t recognize. Arya was meant to fall in love with Jon and then be tortured by the revelation that he is her half-brother… “until the secret of Jon’s true parentage is finally revealed in the last book.”