In his first version of “Game of Thrones”, George RR Martin had imagined another romance for Jon Snow. With another member of his family. And clearly, that would have changed a lot of things!
Game of Thrones: family i love you
For eight seasons of Game Of Thrones, families are torn to gain access to the Iron Throne. There were the Stark on one side, the Lannisters on the other, and the (or rather the) Targaryens in ambush. Despite all this hatred, love was not left out and the series based on the work of George RR Martin was punctuated with more or less happy romances. And more or less authorized.
Indeed, incest is an element present in the series (and the novels) through an emblematic couple : Jamie and Cersei Lannister. Tywin Lannister’s two twins have a passionate relationship from which 3 children were born (Joffrey, Myrcella and Tommen). In addition to the Lannisters, another incestuous relationship is present in Game Of Thrones : the one between Jon Snow and Daenerys Targayen. We can excuse them: they didn’t know they were from the same family. Indeed, Jon found out he was a Targaryen after falling in love with Daenerys. He didn’t know that she was actually … his aunt.
Another romance for Jon Snow
But George RR Martin had planned another romance incestuous for Jon Snow. Indeed, as disclosed by Insider, the author had first thought of writing a romance between Jon Snow and … Arya.
In his first summary of his work (which was originally to be a trilogy) sent to publishers, George RR Martin wrote:
Arya realizes, in terror, that she has fallen in love with Jon (…) Their passion will continue to torment Jon and Arya throughout the trilogy, until the secret of Jon’s true identity is cleared up. unveiled in the last book.
Fortunately, this idea was ultimately not retained by the author in the final version. Especially since the brotherly relationship between Jon and Arya is one of the big strengths of the series, especially in the last season.