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09th Aug 2017

There was meant to be a very surprising love triangle in Game of Thrones

This probably wouldn't have worked

Keeley Ryan


Game of Thrones almost featured another love triangle – and it’s not one we expected. The idea was initially seen in George R. R. Martin’s original outline to editors for the Song of Ice and Fire series.

The document, uncovered by Vanity Fair and later confirmed by Harper Collins, was originally sent to his publishers in 1993.

From the looks of it, the author and show runners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff are intent on making sure they hit the mark on some of the ideas in the proposal – just in a slightly roundabout way.

And while we don’t think this will happen in the last nine episodes of Game of Thrones, we’re going to put in a cautionary spoiler/speculation warning.

Just in case.

It turns out the Game of Thrones maestro meant for Arya to be caught up in a love triangle with Tyrion and Jon. Things in the letter stick pretty close to Tyrion’s original arc…before taking a pretty drastic turn.

The pitch suggests:

“Exiled, Tyrion will change sides, making common cause with the surviving Starks to bring his brother down, and falling helplessly in love with Arya Stark while he’s at it. His passion is, alas, unreciprocated, but no less intense for that, and it will lead to a deadly rivalry between Tyrion and Jon Snow.”

And then things twisted around once again:

“[Arya] realizes, with terror, that she has fallen in love with Jon, who is not only her half-brother but a man of the Night’s Watch, sworn to celibacy. Their passion will continue to torment Jon and Arya throughout the trilogy, until the secret of Jon’s true parentage is finally revealed in the last book.”