'The Winds of Winter' spoilers: Ariane Martell excerpt posted, character to appear in 'Game of Thrones' soon?


George R.R. Martin recently posted a new excerpt of the upcoming “The Winds of Winter,” the next and sixth installment in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, fueling speculations that Arianne Martell will be making an appearance in “Game of Thrones.”

Announced on his Live Journal “Not a Blog” and posted on his own website, the “Winds of Winter” excerpt featured a story told from the point of view of Arianne Martell.

Princess Arianne Nymeros Martell is the eldest daughter of House Martell, offspring of Prince Doran Martell of Dorne and Lady Mellario of the Free City of Norvos. Under Dornish customs, Arianne is the next in line to inherit the head position in House Martel.

As the scion of House Martel, Arianne is also slated to inherit the Sunspear palace and the Dorne rulership. All of the above include Arianne among the political powers of the world of “A Song of Ice and Fire.”

Unfortunately, despite being a point of view character in “A Feast for Crows,” Arianne is still yet to appear on HBO’s live action adaptation of “A Song of Ice and Fire.” Now in season 6, the plotline of “Game of Thrones” moved forward without ever bringing up the character.

However, with the release of the new Arianne Martell chapter of “The Winds of Winter,” some speculate that Martin could be working on introducing the character in “Game of Thrones.”

Backing up the speculations are the recent events in “Game of Thrones” season 6, like the assassination of Doran (Alexander Siddig) and Trystane Martell (Toby Sebastian) in the season’s first episode. The death of Doran and Trystane left the Dorne throne empty, leaving a spot open for the introduction of Arianne into the series.

With Dorne leaderless, Arianne could step in and continue any plotlines set in the kingdom for the show. The focus of Martin’s “Winds of Winter” excerpt on Arianne Martell could very well be a subtle way of reminding fans about the character without outright announcing her.

If true, this will not be the first time that people behind “Game of Thrones” used subterfuge to mask future surprises.

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