Fans are still waiting for the George RR Martin’s long-awaited fifth book The Winds Of Winter on which Game of Thrones is based. Readers have had a considerable amount of time to decipher Martin’s foreshadowing. Despite the divisive finale of the show, it’s clear the the books will have a different ending, as the storylines have already diverged to a huge dregree.
Sample chapters from The Winds Of Winter are available to read on Martin’s website. Readers can expect to see a multitude of jaw-dropping moments and heartbreaking scenes in the upcoming installment…
Stannis Attacks Winterfell
Stannis Baratheon is still alive in the books and his attack on Winterfell may have a different outcome. The Baratheon king is preparing to battle the Boltons in the sample chapters for The Winds of Winter after garnering the alliance of the northern mountain clans with Jon Snow’s help.
Stannis’ character could meet a different fate than dying at Brienne of Tarth’s sword. He could successfully capture the castle or die trying, leading to a confrontation between Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton.
Daenerys Unites The Dothraki
Book Daenerys and Show Daenerys both have a tense reunion with the Dothraki in A Dance With Dragons and Season 6, but their circumstances are significantly different. In the books, Dany is with Drogon when she is discovered by Khal Jhaqo and his khalasar.
Regardless, readers can still expect to see Daenerys unite the Dothraki people during The Winds of Winter. The moment is foreshadowed in Dany’s House of the Undying visions when she foresees the Dosh Khaleen bowing to her.
Jon Snow’s Resurrection
Jon Snow is killed by his Night’s Watch brothers at the end of A Dance With Dragons, though fans are expecting to see Melisandre resurrect the Lord Commander in The Winds of Winter. Jon’s Game Of Thrones counterpart was brought back to life in Season 6. The books will likely follow the same path, considering his character’s importance in the story.
Many readers speculate that Jon warged into his direwolf Ghost before dying. This experience could change Jon forever; he may not the same person post-resurrection.
Melisandre Sacrifices Shireen
Unfortunately, Jon’s resurrection all but ensures Shireen’s death in The Winds of Winter. Stannis Baratheon sacrifices his daughter in Season 5 of Game Of Thrones. Although this is uncharacteristic for his book counterpart, Melisandre will likely be the person to orchestrate Shireen’s death instead.
Melisandre and Shireen are currently at the Wall in the books, whilst Stannis is marching towards Winterfell. Readers can expect to see the Red Priestess send Shireen to the flames to bring back Jon Snow.
Euron Greyjoy Summons A Kraken
Euron Greyjoy is a far more chilling figure in the books. The evil pirate practices blood magic and is the captain of a ship crewed with people whose tongues he removed. The Crow’s Eye returns to the Iron Islands in A Feast For Crows, announcing his intention to conquer Westeros after he is elected king.
Euron is preparing to attack Oldtown in The Winds of Winter. Readers could see him summon a Kraken with blood magic to destroy the Redwyne Fleet.
Return Of The Direwolves
Arya’s estranged direwolf Nymeria reappeared in Season 7 of Game Of Thrones. Book readers can expect to see something similar. Currently, in the books, Nymeria is leading a pack of wolves in the Riverlands, killing Freys and Lannisters whilst maintaining a warg bond with Arya.
George RR Martin has cryptically confirmed that Arya’s direwolf will appear in a future book, stating “you don’t hang a giant wolf pack on the wall unless you intend to use it.” Fans of A Song Of Ice And Fire can expect to see the Stark wolves return to wreak vengeance on the Boltons.
The Burning Of Volantis
Daenerys has a long journey ahead of her before she finally reaches the shores of Westeros. In Tyrion’s chapters in A Dance With Dragons, readers learn that the slaves in Volantis are eagerly awaiting Dany’s arrival. One of them asks him to deliver a message to the Breaker of Chains; “tell her to come soon.”
Dany has smashed the slave trade in Slaver’s Bay. Her conquest in Essos will likely continue throughout The Winds of Winter, as foreshadowing in the books suggests that Dany will burn Volantis on her way to Westeros.
Aegon Takes King’s Landing
Viewers of HBO’s Game Of Thrones had to wait until Season 8 to see Cersei Lannister’s long-awaited downfall. Book readers can expect to see Cersei’s demise sooner, however, as Aegon Targaryen and the Golden Company look set to storm King’s Landing.
The son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Elia Martell is supposedly revealed to have survived in A Dance With Dragons and returns to Westeros to take the throne. Sample chapters from The Winds of Winter suggest Aegon will ally with Dorne, and Dany’s prophetic visions from A Clash of Kings suggest he will successfully take the city.
Davos Finds Rickon
Another character who is still alive in the books is Rickon Stark, who fled to the island of Skagos with Osha in A Clash Of Kings. In A Dance With Dragons, Davos Seaworth learns that Rickon is on Skagos and is tasked by the Manderleys to bring him back to White Harbor.
Wyman Manderley tells Davos that he will declare allegiance to Stannis’ cause if Davos rescues the lost heir of House Stark. Readers can expect to see Davos’ rescue of Rickon in the upcoming ASOIAF installment.
The Battle For Meereen
The Winds of Winter will have to resolve the complicated political situation known as the Meereenese Knot. Daenerys is absent from the city, but Barristan is preparing to battle the Yunkish forces in her stead.
An alliance of slavers from cities such as Qarth and New Ghis began the second siege of Meereen in A Dance With Dragons. Sample chapter from The Winds of Winter further set the scene for the anticipated Battle of Fire, with Rhaegal and Viserion flying overhead and Tyrion Lannister scheming on Dany’s behalf in the Yunkish camps.