Has the “The Winds of Winter”–the upcoming novel from George R R Martin–been “spoiled” by last Sunday‘s “Game of Thrones”? At least one website is questioning it, and some fans expressed their dismay over a plot twist that isn’t in the books.
According to Moviepilot, the end scene with a White Walker transforming a child didn’t appear in the books at all, and adds that it’s possible “these events have or will spoil future events that have yet to play out in Martin’s eagarly anticipated future novel The Winds Of Winter. The showrunners have selfishly ruined the fun of discovering things as Martin originally intended.”
The website speculates there’s a few different scenarios playing out.
Another option is that the show might have a drastically different mythology than in the books. “Option one: the show is drawing a line in the sand (or snow) and making a clear statement to everyone watching that the TV show Game Of Thrones is an utterly different beast to the books with its own mythology and end game in mind. Doesn’t matter who or what the White Walkers end up being in The Winds Of Winter, THIS is what they are in the show,” says MoviePilot.
Martin may have given the “GOT” writers insight into what’s happening in his upcoming book, it says.
Regarding the “Winds of Winter,” Martin has not given a release date and hasn’t issued any updates about his progress in a few weeks.
Here’s HBO’s synopsis for the episode, “Oathkeeper,” which reads: “A White Walker claims the baby and rides to the city of ice. The child is presented at an altar, where the Night’s King greets the infant and lays a finger on its cheek. The baby’s eyes turn White Walker blue.”
The Night’s King, according to the “GOT” Wiki, “was a fearless warrior, who was named the thirteenth Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. Later he fell in love with a woman ‘with skin as white as the moon and eyes like blue stars’, he chased her and loved her though ‘her skin was cold as ice’, and when he gave his seed to her he gave his soul as well.”
Some fans of show and books have decried the early insertion of the baby being transformed into a White Walker.