George R. R. Martin Reveals New Winds of Winter Chapter
If Game of Thrones Season 5 is going to spoil The Winds of Winter, then The Winds of Winter is going to spoil Game of Thrones Season 5 first. A Song of Ice and Fire author George R. R. Martin has released a new chapter from the upcoming installment in his epic saga, less than two weeks before season 5 of Game of Thrones premieres on HBO.
The new chapter deals with Sansa Stark, who perhaps coincidentally, is one of the characters set to break into unpublished territory in the new season. Many are wondering just what Season 5 has in store for Sansa since she’s one of just a handful of characters to catch up to her storyline in the books on the show. Another character in this predicament, Bran Stark, is sitting out season 5, but the show is forging ahead with Sansa. Does Martin’s new chapter shed a clue on what we can expect in the show?
The chapter takes place during a tourney at the Eyrie where Sansa meets her betrothed, Harrold Hardyng, who is heir to the Vale after Robyn Arryn. If Harrold doesn’t seem familiar to fans of the show, it’s because we haven’t heard anything about him and likely won’t — he is not appearing in Season 5 and the smart money says he’s cut from the show. Despite all the business with the tournament and Harrold, the chapter’s beginning does perhaps shed some light on Season 5, with Robyn Arryn declaring his wish to marry Sansa. The show seems more likely to pursue a union between these two than to complicate matters by introducing Harrold, so perhaps we can expect to see Sansa and Robyn grow closer to one another in season 5.
You can read the entire chapter on Martin’s website here.