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‘The Winds of Winter’ Update: One Chapter Features Princess Arianne of Dorne’s POV; Stannis Baratheon Still Alive In Sixth Book

August 27
10:40 PM 2015

One chapter from George R.R. Martin's long-awaited "The Winds of Winter" features a point of view from the Princess of Dorne, Arianne Martell. The best-selling author confirms Stannis Baratheon's survival in the upcoming sixth installment of "A Song of Ice and Fire".

George R.R. Martin may still have not given the exact release date of "The Winds of Winter" yet, but he has finally given the fans a little treat that may hype up their excitement for the next book. At the Sasquan Science-Fiction Convention in Spokane Washington, the acclaimed author read a chapter from his upcoming book "Winds of Winter". GeekWire claims that the recently revealed part was written from the point of view of Arianne Martell.

The character is known to be the Princess of Dorne which was never introduced in HBO's "Game of Thrones". According to News Every Day, Arianne is the eldest daughter of Prince Dorane and the heiress of Sunspear who was supposed to marry Viserys Targaryen. In the series, she was the one who welcomed Myrcella Baratheon, the daughter of Cersei and Jaime Lannister, upon her arrival in her city.

Martin's plot follows Princess Arianne's departure from Sunspear to find out what happened to Aegon Targaryen. As per Food World News the Dorne royalty is joined by her sworn shield Ser Daemon Sand and her cousin Elia Sand, as they sail their way to the Stormlands. The 66-year-old author did not explain however, the reason why the character has not been shown in the HBO television series.

Despite this, Martin did spoil a certain character's status in his next novel. As per IDigitalTimes, the spoiler comes from one of the author's reader who asked him straightforwardly through the comment section of his LiveJournal if Stannis Baratheon is still alive. Martin then responded directly saying "In my books? Alive, beyond doubt."

Considering the possibility of the TV show overtaking the books, it is uncertain whether "Game of Thrones" could still follow Martin's plot line. For now, the author continues to remain mum about the release of his next book. But the fans are expecting "The Winds of Winter" to be rolled out before HBO's series airs the first episode of its sixth season. 

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