There Was Almost A Super F*cked Up Love Triangle In 'Game Of Thrones'
‘Game of Thrones’ is famous for its f*cked up relationships, but we’ll admit we’re glad that this one didn’t make it into canon…
Vanity Fair has discovered that in George R.R. Martin’s original pitch for the Game of Thrones series, he had envisioned a love triangle between none other than Arya Stark, Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister.
The pitch – which has been confirmed as genuine – read:
“Arya will be more forgiving… until she realises, with terror, that she has fallen in love with Jon, who is not only her half-brother but a man of the Night’s Watch, sworn to celibacy. Their passion will continue to torment Jon and Arya throughout the trilogy, until the secret of Jon’s true parentage is revealed in the last book.”
Yes, Martin originally intended for Jon Snow and Arya Stark to struggle with their illicit, incestuous love for each other, only to get a happy ending when it was revealed that they weren’t actually half-siblings after all.
They were actually cousins, and free to fornicate.
There’d be bumps along the road of this tale of forbidden love, namely in the shape of Tyrion Lannister. Martin’s Game of Thrones pitch originally had him joining the Starks, and falling in love with Arya:
“Exiled, Tyrion will change sides, making common cause with the surviving Starks to bring his brother down, and falling helplessly in love with Arya Stark while he’s at it. His passion is, alas, unreciprocated, but no less intense for that, and it will lead to a deadly rivalry between Tyrion and Jon Snow.”
We’re guessing that the incest story-line evolved into the relationship between Jaime and Cersei Lannister, while Tyrion and Arya’s fling probably became the sham marriage with Sansa.
We’re relived, to say the least. It’s strange enough rooting for a relationship between Jon Snow and his Aunt Daenerys; it’s fair to say that we wouldn’t have had quite so much love for a King in the North who was lusting after his little sister…
The original outline also had Jaime Lannister as the main antagonist (he was supposed to succeed Joffrey on the Iron Throne, pretty much by killing anyone in his way), and saw Daenerys invading Westeros as early as the second book.
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