Fans of A Song of Ice and Fire know that HBO’s Game of Thrones has drastically diverged from the book series in seasons 4 and 5. But, with the show rapidly overtaking the books many fans are still on the lookout for The Winds of Winter spoilers.
In season 5 – episode 9, Stannis makes the decision to sacrifice his daughter, Shireen, to the Lord of Light, R’hllor. The fandom erupted with comments about Shireen’s fate and debated whether or this sacrificial scene would end up in The Winds of Winter. Whatever side you are on (will she be sacrificed in TWOW, will she live, or will she meet another fate?), HBO’s David Benioff and D.B. Weiss sure made it seem like book canon in the latest edition of ‘Inside the Episode.’
When George first told us about this, it was one of those moments where I remember looking at Dan and was just like ‘It’s so horrible… and so good in a story sense, because it all comes together.’ From the beginning, the very first time we Stannis and Melisandre, they were sacrificing people, they were burning people alive on the beaches of Dragonstone… and it’s really all come to this. There has been so much talk about King’s blood and the power of King’s blood and it all leads ultimately, fatally to Shireen’s sacrifice, and it’s one of the most horrible moments we’ve shot, just in terms of the emotion of it.
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According to David Benioff, George R.R. Martin directly told (or so it would seem from the quote) him that Shireen would be sacrificed by Stannis and Melisandre. It’s not definite proof, but it’s enough to get you wondering if the same scene will occur in The Winds of Winter.
Having Shireen sacrificed to the ‘Red God’ wouldn’t be too far of a stretch for Stannis’ character. Remember, he isn’t trying to win the throne for himself, he is trying to save the realm. He believes he is the chosen one, sent by R’hllor to save the Seven Kingdoms from the others and he will make any sacrifice in order to do so.
I never asked for this crown. Gold is cold and heavy on the head, but so long as I am the king, I have a duty … If I must sacrifice one child to the flames to save a million from the dark … Sacrifice … is never easy, Davos. Or it is no true sacrifice.
That quote wasn’t in reference to Shireen, but the justification he gave would also be valid justification (in his own mind) for sacrificing his daughter. Which side are you on? Only time will tell what fate is in store for the sweet princess of the Baratheon House.