Back in 2015, George R. R. Martin’s original outline pitch for A Song of Ice and Fire was tweeted by UK publisher Waterstones, and as we’re coming close to the end of Game of Thrones, the photos of those pages are resurfacing.
I wrote about the revelations the first time around, and it seems as good a time as any to note that the final five survivors
Martin discussed are indeed still around,
though whether Bran is actually still Bran is debatable, and technically, Jon died. While there are several characters we generally expect to be dispatched — Cersei — others, we might not — Sansa, Jaime, and it’s also questionable how Jon actually being a Targaryen might affect the final five. Let me just say this right now,
I DON’T CARE WHAT THE OUTLINE SAYS, SANSA BETTER EFFING MAKE IT.
Of course, a lot of the things Martin wrote never came to pass; Catelyn wasn’t killed by White Walkers, nor was Robb killed in battle; Sansa never bore Joffrey a son, neither Jon nor Tyrion has fallen in love with Arya, nor has she been taken with either of them.
THANK THE OLD GODS AND THE NEW. And, Martin’s books expanded way past his expected trilogy, with the last two books (The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring) still “forthcoming.
I can certainly see Dany, Jon, Arya, Bran and Tyrion making it through the whole mess and it’s cool that, story unfinished, they have. There are only two more episodes in Season 7, and following that, six in Season 8. Good luck, final five; here’s mud in your eye!