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Just How Different Was George R.R. Martin’s Original Game of Thrones Outline?

WinterIsComing: “As you know, I don’t outline my novels. I find that if I know exactly where a book is going, I lose all interest in writing it.” So says George R.R. Martin at the start of his letter outlining A Game of Thrones and the rest of A Song of Ice and Fire to his publisher. The letter was posted by the Twitter account of the British bookseller Waterstones, and confirmed by HarperCollinsUK’s account.
Martin submitted this outline for his trilogy alongside the first 170 pages of A Game of Thrones, and at this point, all of his future plot points make sense. But aside from a continued focus on his five main characters–Tyrion, Bran, Arya, Jon, and Dany–almost nothing but a few long-passed plot point remain. Still, it’s super interesting to see the specific ways that the story-as-plotted changed, and to try to figure out why.

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