It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Games of Thrones has had some strange pairings. From Cersie and Jamie Lannester to Sansa Stark and Ramsay Bolton, the famous show has shown some unusual pairings, and we have accepted it all. However, there was one pairing that Games of Thrones writer George RR Martin penned down in his book which would absolutely be bizarre for us to watch on the show.
The writer reportedly had Jon Snow, played by Kit Harington and Arya Stark, played by Maisie Williams in the series, to romance in the books. However, the makers of the series decided to leave the part out. The reunion of John and Arya in the season eight premiere of the hit HBO show received mixed reviews from its fans, with some, presumably those who read the books suggested that it lacked emotions, while others were happy about how it was turned out.
According to a report by The Independent, when Martin was outlining the story for "A Song of Ice and Fire”, which is part of the Games of Thrones book series, he intended to make Arya fall for John after she joined him at the Wall. The writer also intended to keep mother Catelyn and brother Bran alive and supporting John at the Wall.
"Wounded by Lannister riders, they will seek refuge at the Wall, but the men of the Night's Watch give up their families when they take the black, and Jon and Benjen will not be able to help, to Jon's anguish. It will lead to a bitter estrangement between Jon and Bran. Arya will be more forgiving until she realises, with terror, that she has fallen in love with Jon, who is not only her half-brother but a man of the Night's Watch, sworn to celibacy," the story read.
The story further added, "Their passion will continue to torment Jon and Arya throughout the trilogy until the secret of Jon's true parentage is finally revealed in the last book."
Another report by Ploygon says that the books titled ‘Song of Ice and Fire’, upon which GoT is based, share more details about Jon and Arya’s relationship.
“Labeled as a bastard, Jon often felt ostracised in Winterfell,” the report states. It further adds, “The only sibling of his that truly understood this was Arya, who experienced similar treatment due to her tomboyish nature.”
Fans, who have read the book, have always noticed strong and special bond between the two that points to a possible romantic angle. Infact, Polygon says that Martin had originally intended them to be a part of a love triangle that also involved Tyrion Lannister. The writer, however, has expressed regret about the details been revealed to the public. “Well, this goes with what I said before, the story changes and expands as I write. I wish I was able to go back and make revised drafts, but that’s not going to happen,” a fan site of Game of Thrones quotes Martin as saying. Explaining himself, Martin said that he had submitted the outline to the publisher, which he ended up discarding soon after, but not before it was leaked to the public, and supposedly ‘in that two-page outline, Jon and Arya become a romantic item’.
“Arya… he missed her even more than Robb (Stark, brother), skinny little thing that she was, all scraped knees and tangled hair and torn clothes, so fierce and wilful. Arya never seemed to fit, no more than he had… yet she could always make Jon smile. He would give anything to be with her now, to muss up her hair once more and watch her make a face, to hear her finish a sentence with him”, passage reproduced from the books by Polygon that hints at the romantic angle between the two.
If the makers of the series had put John and Arya’s love angle in the series, it wouldn’t been John and Daenerys Targaryen getting the attention but John and his cousin Arya would have left fans in shock with their on-screen romance.