Will A Major Female Character Die On 'Game of Thrones'? 6 Times George R. R. Martin Hinted At Exactly That Conclusion
Confession: I'm obsessed with Game of Thrones. Despite this obsession, I also have to shamefully admit that I've never read George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire , which is the epic fantasy series on which GoT is based. Now that the show has caught up with the books, this would be the perfect time for me to stop being lazy and download the books from my Kindle so that I can catch up in time for the sixth book in the series, Winds of Winter. The book is supposed to be due out in mid-2016, and we are a year away from the Season 6 premiere of Game of Thrones. Until then, we have to read between the lines in order to determine the fates of our favorite characters and it looks like a major female character will die on Game of Thrones .
Martin is known for the delight that he takes in killing off fan favorites. From a recent Q&A that Martin did in Germany, as reported by WinterIsComing.net, it looks as if we may be losing a major female character in the series. There has been some speculation as to who this may be, but for whatever reason my gut is telling me that the character in question will be Sansa Stark. Though the books and the television series are no longer in sync, I can assume that showrunners D. B. Weiss and David Benioff will stick to the core of Martin's tale. Until Winds of Winters is released, or Game of Thrones is back on the air, we, like Jon Snow, "know nothing."
But in case you think this is just a red herring, here are six times Martin hinted at the death of a major female character on GoT:
BUT WHICH ONE, George? WHICH ONE?
Martin spoke at a recent Q&A at the Congress Centrum Hambur, also per WinterIsComing.net, where he said, "There’s this character, which I always knew that she will die, from the moment of their introduction to them was doomed to die. But I did not know how she was going to die."
Others seem convinced that Theon Greyjoy's sister Yara is the character that Martin is referring to. However she's just not as important of a character as the other women in the film. Deaths in Game of Thrones are usually earth-shattering and I don't see Martin or deviating from that.
It's Probably Not Dany
In 2014, Martin told Entertainment Weekly, "Tyrion has decided that he actually would like to live, for one thing, which he wasn’t entirely sure of during the last book...And Dany has embraced her heritage as a Targaryen and embraced the Targaryen words. So they’re both coming home."
Though the Dothraki had Daenerys surrounded in the season finale, I'm not sure that she is the major female character who is going to die in the upcoming book and/or season. Instead, it looks like she and Tyrion might be headed back to King's Landing for the Iron Throne.
Are All Deaths Final?
In 2011 he told Entertainment Weekly "My readers should know better than to take anything as gospel, unless they see it for themselves, and even then I do sometimes use 'unreliable narrator.' No. They should not take that as the truth. What about Mance Rayder, did you think he was really dead?"
While this quote directly hints at Jon Snow's resurrection, it also makes me afraid for his sisters Arya and Sansa. Arya is currently at the mercy of Jaqen H'ghar and the Many-Faced God, but for some reason I think her death would be too easy. Sansa, however, is currently at the mercy of Theon Greyjoy aka Reek, and, well, the elements.
Death is Coming
In July 2011 during a Q&A with Entertainment Weekly Martin said, "In some cases I sympathize. It’s hard to kill characters, they’re my children. Obviously some were marked for death in the beginning like Ned."
Sansa has grown exponentially in the show, even after being forced to marry the monstrous Ramsay Snow. In the books, the marriage never happened and Sansa remains safe in the Vale. There is a reason why her fate was changed so drastically in the show... and I think that reason could be her eventual death.
Plain and Simple: Expect The Unexpected
At the Writers Guild West Awards earlier this year, Martin told Showbiz 411, “People are going to die who don’t die in the books, so even the book readers will be unhappy. So everybody better be on their toes. David and D.B. are even bloodier than I am."
This statement does not calm my nerves when I consider the characters that I love on the show. WHY, MARTIN? WHY?
Sansa Is Not The Savior... Probably
Last year at the Edinburgh books festival George R. R. Martin said, "I am attracted to bastards, cripples and broken things as is reflected in the book. Outcasts, second-class citizens for whatever reason. There’s more drama in characters like that, more to struggle with."
This suggests that the legacy of A Song of Ice and Fire lies with the underdog, certainly not a noble born woman like Sansa Stark.
She could be in very real danger.Images: Giphy (6)