Updated: 19th April 2018

George RR Martin: Game of Thrones twist will appear in books, not TV show

The Song of Ice and Fire novelist says the delayed sixth novel in his fantasy sequence will feature character who has been killed off in the TV adaptation

George RR Martin has revealed he will go ahead with a twist in the next Game of Thrones book The Winds of Winter that will not be able to happen in the TV adaption, because the character has been killed off on the show.

In an interview with IGN, Martin said he had decided he would include the twist after a couple of years of deliberation. I have decided to do it. Will you know it? I dont know. It is fairly obvious because it is something that involves a couple of characters, one of which is dead on the show, and not dead in the books. So the show cant do it, unfortunately, because they have killed someone I have not killed.

Last month, Martin confirmed he had missed the last deadline 31 December 2015 that would have allowed the sixth novel in his fantasy series to be published before the next Game of Thrones series begins in April.

Deviations from the Song of Ice and Fire novels have happened frequently before in the TV show, with Martin telling fans concerned about the show spoiling the books: Some of the spoilers you may encounter in season six may not be spoilers at all because the show and the books have diverged, and will continue to do so.

In the IGN interview, Martin said revealing that the coming twist involved a dead character would not spoil anything because at this point there are like 15 characters who are dead on the show who are still alive on the books.

I get all this stuff about being bloody-minded but [Game of Thrones showrunners] David [Benioff] and Dan [DB Weiss] are bloodier than I am, he joked.

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