Every time we think we know something definitive about Game of Thrones, we’re rapidly corrected. One great example is death: when someone kicks it on GoT (right in front of our eyes, mind you), it’s easy to assume they are indeed deceased. That being said, no GoT viewer is a true fan if they haven’t gotten used to standing corrected. The more tidbits we’re thrown on the upcoming season, the more we suspect we’ll be quite surprised by who’s still breathing.
Case in point: Stannis Baratheon. Murdered (we thought) by bold badass Brienne of Tarth, left to rot in the aftermath of the most ill-advised war attempt conceivable.
Now, Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin himself is giving us cause to question this “death,” no words minced.
When a LiveJournal fan asked him to “cut the crap” regarding Stannis’ death, Martin responded by saying that in his own books, Stannis remained “alive, beyond a doubt.”
Mmkay. The catch here is that we can’t be sure HBO’s GoT and Martin’s GoT has the same vision for Stannis. Perhaps, in the eyes of producers, the king’s plot had fully played out while Martin’s plans necessitated a living, breathing Baratheon.
Whatever the case, Stannis is a powerful character with a serious propensity for twisted decisions; killing him off for good would be a shame.