Oh George, what are we going to do with you? You do realize you're killing us all, collectively, don't you?
With all of these teases for the forthcoming (though who knows when) sixth installment to the fantasy series on which "Game of Thrones" is based, "A Song of Ice and Fire," the anticipation for George R.R. Martin's next book is nearing Defcon Zero. "The Winds of Winter" are coming (as is the season itself — watch out, Westeros) and with it heaps of death, wedded bliss (ha), and exactly the sort of betrayal you'd expect from the bloody books.
Needless to say — if spoilers aren't your bag, move along.
While speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Martin revealed several details as to TWoW's doings. First and foremost, though, is this exciting bit: two fan favorites will finally -- finally! -- meet.
"Tyrion and Dany will intersect," the author explained. But there's a caveat: "for much of the book they're still apart." Which isn't to say we won't see much of them throughout the book, as "[t]hey both have quite large roles to play."
In the case of Tyrion, he "has decided that he actually would like to live, for one thing, which he wasn't entirely sure of during the last book, and he's now working toward that end," said Martin. Though he'll have to survive the battle that's currently raging all around him (in the books).
As for everyone's favorite Khaleesi? She'll come into her own after having "embraced her heritage as a Targaryen and embraced the Targaryen words."
Martin also added, interestingly enough, that "they're both coming home." Could that mean a return (at last?) to Westeros for the two? One can only hope!
Outside of that epic meet-up, Martin also explained a "big" return for the Dothraki, as well as a multitude of doings on The Wall. Of course, there will also be battles. Presumably between Stannis and Ramsay, but also between Yunkai and Meereen.
And, of course, "We have more deaths, and we have more betrayals. We have more marriages." So basically what you're saying is we're going to have our hearts mutilated all over again? Great.