A leaked letter written by George R.R. Martin to his agent reveals the original, different plan for A Song of Ice and Fire -- the seven-book saga that inspired hit HBO series "Game of Thrones." British book retailer Waterstones tweeted images of the three page letter in which Martin detailed his intended plans for the book series. The tweet has since been deleted, but all three pages can be read here, here, and here.
The letter was apparently displayed in Harper Collins' new London Bridge office, which has a George R.R. Martin room. Waterstone attributed the letter to HarperCollins UK who, according to Vanity Fair, corroborated the tweet before it was deleted. Besides the fact that the book series was first envisioned as a mere trilogy (Martin only planned to write A Game of Thrones, A Dance With Dragons and The Winds of Winter) the letter reveals some pretty major plot and character variations, including a shocking love triangle. Here's what Martin apparently originally planned for:
Some book and show spoilers follow.
There was love trial between Arya, Tyrion and Jon Snow
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We know, weird. Apparently Tyrion would fall for Arya after getting exiled by Jaime (more on that below). It wouldn't be a mutual romance though. Then Arya and Jon Snow (her half-brother) would fall in love, sparking a rivalry between Jon and Tyrion. The romance would "torture" the half siblings, until ...
Jon's true parentage would be revealed
This is something fans are still speculating over.
Sansa would have Joffrey's baby
Rob would die in battle
Martin planned for Rob and Joffrey to fight on the battlefield (almost nothing sounds more hilarious than imagining Joffrey in battle). Rob would "maim" Joffrey, but eventually Rob would be defeated by Jaime and Tyrion.
Jaime was originally a super bad guy
Martin wrote that Tyrion would "remove" Joffrey, thus making way for Jaime to take over the throne. Then Jaime would turn against Tryion, kill a bunch of people, blame his brother, and then get Tyrion exiled. (This is why Tyrion apparently grows fond of Arya.)
Daenerys would kill Khal Drogo
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Even more shocking is that she'd do it to avenge him killing her brother, Viserys (LOL).
Only five characters would survive the series
Martin's original five were Daenerys, Arya, Jon, Bran and Tyrion. Will he stay true to it?
Daenerys would invade the Seven Kingdoms a lot sooner
While of course we don't know where the books are headed with Dany's storyline, there's lots of foreshadowing that she'll use her dragons to take over Westeros. Martin originally planned for this to happen in the second book of his trilogy.
Catelyn didn't die in the Red Wedding
The infamous slaughter scene isn't even mentioned in Martin's letter and the author instead planned for Catelyn to travel North of the Wall, with Arya and Bran, only to be killed by Mance Rayder's Free Folk (in the letter just described as "the others").
The last paragraph of the letter is sadly blacked out, so we'll still have to keep reading and watching to find out how Martin plans to end his series. HuffPost Entertainment reached out to HarperCollins UK, Waterstone, and Martin's rep for comment, and will update this post if any new information is received.
For more, head to Variety.