The release date of “The Winds of Winter,” the long-awaited sixth installment in George R.R. Martin’s best-selling “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, is still unknown. But when the book finally arrives, it will feature a major twist that the “Game of Thrones” TV series won’t be able to replicate.
In a recent interview with IGN, Martin revealed that he has decided to include a pivotal plot element in “Winds of Winter” that HBO’s popular fantasy drama series, which is based on his ASOIAF saga, won’t be able to pull off, thus making it exclusive to the book.
“Thrones” showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will not be able to include this twist in the next season of their top-rated series because the character at the center of the storyline is already dead on the show.
“It involves a couple of characters, one of whom is dead on the show but not dead in the books,” Martin told IGN. “The show can’t do this stuff, because they killed a character that I have not killed.”
Martin admitted that his tease won’t help “Game of Thrones” fans figure out who this character is because “at this point, there are like 15 characters who are dead on the show but not in the books.”
According to the author, the character’s death on “Game of Thrones” gave him some pause, but he ultimately decided to proceed with the twist.
Martin also reassured fans who are worried that the forthcoming sixth season of “Game of Thrones” will spoil the rest of the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, which is still incomplete. When “Game of Thrones” returns in April, the show will begin to progress past the ending of the fifth book in the fantasy series, “A Dance With Dragons,” which was released in 2011.
Nevertheless, fans need not worry, as Martin says that the show won’t spoil everything.
“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,” the author said.
“Game of Thrones” premieres its much-anticipated sixth season on April 24 on HBO.