George R.R. Martin’s original pitch for the ‘Game of Thrones’ series is causing fans to be concerned for the lives of several main characters

Prepare yourself. Game of Thrones (potential) spoilers are coming, and they may totally rock your precious little world.

In 1993, George R.R. Martin wrote a three-page pitch letter (presumably for a publisher) about what he envisioned for his Game of Thrones series, A Song of Ice and Fire. British book seller Waterstones tweeted out photos of Martin’s original pitch on February 4, 2015. However, the tweet was later deleted.

Fortunately for all of us who are eager to piece together clues, Redditor TheNextRobin took screenshots of the photos and posted them to Reddit. There is a lot of information to pick through in these pages, so prepare yourself:

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So, there is one paragraph in particular that has caught the eye of several readers, because it notably leaves out some major characters when describing who will survive the full series:

Five central characters will make it through all three volumes, however, growing from children to adults and changing the world and themselves in the process. In a sense, my trilogy is almost a generational saga, telling the life stories of these five characters, three men and two women. The five key players are Tyrion Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen, and three of the children of Winterfell, Arya, Bran, and the bastard Jon Snow.

So, obviously, some beloved characters are n0where to be found in this paragraph: where is Sansa Stark in this grand plan?? Or Jaime Lannister?

Obviously, Cersei is notably absent, but many have suspect that her death is imminent, so that’s not really a shocker.

I’m not 100% sure what to make of this information. It’s totally plausible that Martin’s plan has changed since his initial pitch — in fact, it’s entirely probable that Martin’s initial vision for the series isn’t what we’re going to see carried through on the show.

Still, though … it’s a tad concerning. Perhaps we shouldn’t get too attached to the presence of Sansa or Jaime.

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