George R.R Martin Says "Around 20" Dead Characters Are Still Alive In Books

"The book series and TV adaptation go their separate ways" he says

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Of all the Game Of Thrones theories currently circulating the Seven Kingdoms, surely the most exciting of all is the theory that dead characters may still somehow be alive.

Whether is is the one about Ned Stark living on as Jaqen H'ghar or Caitlin Stark hanging around Winterfell even though we saw her throat being slit.

On that theme, intel from George R.R. Martin's latest interview is bound to get fans even more excited as he has spoken about how many characters are still clinging on in the book series.

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Speaking to Metro, Martin said "On the screen characters are killed right and left. About twenty of them have died already, which are quite alive to me and will appear in a new book."

Though before you get too carried away about HBO keeping a twist up their sleeves, he did also admit that the books and TV series have gone, "separate ways, leading to a much different bodycount on screen than on the page."

So should Little Finger finally get what's coming to him in the finale on Monday, don't worry, he probably won't be back.

Martin also warned fans that he is in no rush to hit the rumoured deadline of next year for 'The Winds of Winter'.

"I did not start to write slower over the years," he said. "I was working on the first book for six year and four years on the second one. Fantasists who release their novels every year, do not offer books of large volume. These are not 1.5k pages like mine, but, for example, 500. In addition, I have not become younger. Age does not add enthusiasm."

We're not getting any younger either, George.