Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin teases that more deaths are coming in season 4 of the show…ones that didn’t necessarily happen in his books.
The TV producers and showrunners behind Game of Thrones have made subtle changes to the original source material from author George R.R. Martin’s “Song of Ice and Fire” book series, but major storylines have mostly stayed the same.
That includes the penultimate episode from last season when The Red Wedding came to gory life on the screen as Robb Stark, his wife Talisa and his mother Catelyn all met their fates at the hands of a Lannister plot unfolded by Roose Bolton and Lord Walder Frey.
At San Diego Comic Con this year as part of the Game of Thrones panel, they shared a special video set to the song “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye to Yesterday” by Boyz II Men showing all of the folks that are no longer galloping about in Westeros.
Following the release of the video (which you can see below), author George R.R. Martin took to his blog to explain how he’s to blame for most of the deaths in the video, but to his credit the show has actually offed more people than he has in the books.
“In my own (feeble) defense, however, let me point out that Irri, Rakharo, the Thirteen of Qarth, Xaro Xhoan Daxos, Mago (not seen in the video), and Pyat Pree are all still alive and well (more or less) in the books as of the end of A DANCE WITH DRAGONS. Like the guys in Spinal Tap, David (Benioff) and Dan (Weiss) do like to turn things up to 11.
“Robb’s wife is alive in the novels too, but Jeyne Westerling is an entirely different person than Talisa Maegyr with an entirely different fate. Ros does not exist in the books, but of the characters she replaced, Kyra is dead, but Chataya and Alayaya are still around.”
Now here’s where Martin’s words get rather interesting as he looks ahead at season four of the show, which has already started handing out scripts to the actors as they begin production across the world for a 2014 debut on HBO.
Martin teases about the bloodshed that will be seen in the new season of Game of Thrones, but also states that there might be a few more characters gone by the end of the year that didn’t necessarily die in his books.
“As to where we go from here… season four is coming, and no one is safe on GAME OF THRONES. Not even those who you think might be safe for another book or two, from reading my novels.”
Now that is an interesting teaser for the upcoming season! Game of Thrones will return to HBO in the spring of 2014 with all new episodes.
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