With its sixth season nearly here, Game of Thrones is ready to leapfrog where George R.R. Martin’s books left off, since Martin’s The Winds of Winter is yet to arrive. But when we feel the Winds at last, there will be at least one huge surprise to Thrones viewers.
Should go without saying here, but suffice to say, there will be spoilers for Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice and Fire below.
The reveal comes from a recent interview the writer conducted with IGN, which you can see below. Martin confirmed that one of the big twists of the book would end up being a bit of a challenge for the TV show to adapt. Because it features a character the show has already killed off, but who’s still alive in the books.
Now, there’s actually quite a few characters who have died on the TV show but are still alive in the books — like, for example, most recently the death of Stannis Baratheon in the show, who’s still up and about (and as miserable as ever) as of Winds of Winter.
So, which doomed Game of Thrones character could be so crucial to Winds of Winter‘s shocking twist?