‘Winds of Winter’ Release Date & News: Stannis Baratheon Still Alive in the Books


“Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin has confirmed that Stannis Baratheon is still alive in his “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series.

In his blog site, Martin answered a fan question about Stannis, played by Stephen Dillane.

The fan asked, “Alright mr Martin, lets cut the crap, is Stannis alive or dead?”

The author replied, “In my books? Alive beyond a doubt.”

Martin said although Baratheon appeared to have been killed by Brienne of Tarth (Gewndoline Christine) in season five of “Game of Thrones,”  the character is still alive in his book series.

Fans thought Baratheon was killed not only on the HBO hit show but also in the “Song of Ice and Fire” books, the International Business Times reported.

In the book series, Jon Snow had received a letter from Ramsay Bolton stating Stannis died in battle. It is possible that the letter is a fake or Ramsay lied, iBT noted.

Time magazine, however, noted that this does not mean “Game of Thrones” producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss could not get rid of Stannis.

The TV series has deviated from the books in many aspects, including killing off Stannis’ daughter, Shireen.

Geekwire said “Game of Thrones” season six is likely to depart even further from “Winds of Winter.” It cited Princess Arianne of Dorne who does not also appear in the TV adaptation. The character was featured in Martin’s reading of “The Winds of Winter” at the Sasquan science-fiction convention recently.

Martin earlier revealed that HBO could air the final episode of “Game of Thrones” season six even before the book, in which the season is supposed to be based on, hits the stores.

“The show is moving forward like a locomotive, or sometimes a jet locomotive. They’re writing 60-page scripts, I’m writing 1,500-page novels. So who the hell knows?” he said.

Martin also declined to reveal the release date of “The Winds of Winter.”

“Game of Thrones” season six will premiere on April 2016.

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