An apparent book proposal from George R.R. Martin, author of the Game Of Thrones book series, has surfaced on the internet. It was written in October 1993 and intended only for his publisher, before any of the books were released and long before the HBO mega-hit. It's so wildly different from what actually happens in the series, there isn't a lot to worry about in terms of spoilers, but it's still a fascinating look at what was originally intended to be. Here's a few highlights we pulled...
Jon and Arya are passionately in love:
Arya will be more forgiving…until she realizes, with terror, that she has fallen in love with Jon, who is not only her half-brother but a man of the Night’s Watch, sworn to celibacy. Their passion will continue to torment Jon and Arya throughout the trilogy, until the secret of Jon’s true parentage is finally revealed in the last book.
Sansa and Joffrey get married, have baby:
Each of the contending families will learn it has a member of dubious loyalty in their midsts. Sansa Stark, wed to Joffrey Baratheon, will hear him a son, the heir to the throne, and when the crunch comes she will choose her husband and child over her parents and siblings, a choice she will later bitterly rue.
Robb dies in battle and Tyrion will burn Winterfell, not Theon:
Robb will win several splendid victories, and maim Joffrey Baratheon on the battlefield, but in the end he will not be able to stand against Jaime and Tyrion Lannitser and their allies. Robb Stark will die in battle, and Tyrion Lannister will besiege and burn Winterfell.
Jamie would eventually become king and Tyrion and him would be mortal enemies:
Tyrion Lannister will continue to travel, to plot, and to play the game of thrones, finally removing his nephew Joffrey in disgust at the boy king’s brutality. Jaime Lannister will follow Joffrey on the throne of the Seven Kingdoms, by the simple expedient of killing everyone ahead of him in the line of succession and blaming his brother Tyrion for the murders.
Tyrion would also fall in love with Arya:
Exiled, Tyrion will change sides, making common cause with the surviving Starks to bring his brother down, and falling helplessly in love with Arya Stark while he’s at it. His passion is, alas, unreciprocated, but no less intense for that, and it will lead to a deadly rivalry between Tyrion and Jon Snow.
George R.R. Martin has a wild mind. As crazy and weird as all of this is, we're happy with how things actually played out in both the books and TV show. If you're interested, here's the entire letter....