When you play the Game of Thrones, you either win, or your fate is left largely uncertain. Yes, there’s a reason we’re not quoting George R.R. Martin’s seminal work verbatim, as HBO has officially verified a character’s death from the season 5 following a cliffhanger that left some fans perplexed.
Granted, there’s another character that is still causing quite the stir among the Game of Thrones faithful, with many debating on whether or not said persona will return from the dead in time for season 6. Rather, today’s declaration (via Vanity Fair) confirms the fate of another key player, though we’ve included the quotation after the jump to avoid spoilers.
Still with us? Remember during the season 5 finale when, after trekking across the Seven Kingdoms, Brienne of Tarth crossed paths with Stannis Baratheon, the would-be king of Westeros? It proved to be one of the highlights of the episode, with Brienne finally getting the opportunity to exact her revenge for the fallen Renly Baratheon.
But such was the action-packed nature of the closing episode that the camera jumped away just as the warrior swung her sword in Stannis’ direction? So, did Brienne really kill the leader of House Baratheon? According to newly-published novel Game of Thrones: The Noble Houses of Westeros Seasons 1-5, it would appear so, with HBO revealing that Stannis was “killed outside of Winterfell by Brienne of Tarth, who wished to avenge Renly’s death.” At least that clears that up, now just the small matter of the other character’s fate.
Game of Thrones season 6 is expected to premiere in April of 2016, where HBO’s fantasy drama will welcome newcomers such as Melanie Liburd, Richard E. Grant, Essie Davis and Pilou Asbæk as Euron Greyjoy.