The season five finale of Game of Thrones is quite infamous at this point for being one giant cliffhanger that left the fate of several characters in question. According to a new book, the fate of those characters is no longer in question.
Published by Random House, Game of Thrones: The Noble Houses of Westeros details the plot of the show up to the end of season five and seemingly clears up a number of plot points. Chief among them is the fate of Stannis Baratheon, last seen dying at the foot of a tree while the vengeful Brienne of Tarth looked on. The scene cut away in the show before showing whether or not Brienne actually takes Stannis’ life, but according to a passage in the book, Stannis is most definitely dead:
“Knowing that Stannis was responsible for the death of his brother Renly, whom she served and loved, Brienne killed Stannis.”
Well, it looks like we won’t be seeing anymore of the disgraced would-be King of Westeros in the flesh in season six. It’s interesting to note that Stannis’ fate differs immensely from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels. While the HBO show is currently ahead of Martin’s storyline, Stannis is still very much alive and doesn’t kill his daughter (at least not yet), so it will be fascinating to see what happens to Stannis is Martin’s version of events.
Game of Thrones: The Noble Houses of Westeros also confirms the fate of two other characters who were left in limbo by the season five finale, as it notes that both Myrcella Baratheon and Jon Snow are in fact dead. Of course, saying Jon Snow is dead is a moot point these days, as it’s definitely possible to bring characters back from the dead in the show’s universe. Plus, Kit Harrington, the actor who plays Jon Snow, is showing up in some capacity in season six, so it’s highly unlikely that we’ve seen the last of the character, even if his stab wounds were fatal.
(via: Cinema Blend)