George R.R. Martin Reveals Key ‘Game of Thrones’ Character Is Still Alive

“A Song of Ice and Fire” author says the character, apparently offed on last season of HBO series, will still appear in future books “beyond a doubt”

Last Updated: August 28, 2015 @ 4:47 PM

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

George R.R. Martin has finally revealed that a major “Game of Thrones” character is still alive.

But no, it’s not Jon Snow. According to Martin, Stannis Baratheon is definitely still alive in the books. After a fan commented on Martin’s Livejournal page this week asking whether Stannis is alive or dead, Martin responded, “In my books? Alive, beyond a doubt.”

Of course, just because the character is alive in the books does not necessarily mean he is alive in the series, as David Benioff and D.B. Weiss frequently have deviated from the plot of the books. However, the camera cut away just as Brienne of Tarth was about to deliver the final blow to the contender for the Iron Throne.

Fans of the series have been speculating on Stannis’ return since the season finale, after his army was summarily defeated by the Boltons at Winterfell. But the speculation regarding Stannis has been nothing compared to the speculation surrounding Jon Snow.

Fans have been theorizing as to how Snow could return to the show, with a number of theories gaining significant traction online. Among the most popular is that Lady Melisandre will resurrect Snow after he was killed by his brothers of the Night’s Watch.