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Mastermind behindGame of Thrones and the A Song of Ice and Fire series, author George R.R. Martin confirmed the news that unicorns will indeed be included in the final books of the series in a new blog post.
Speaking of his last two novels (which he said will fill "3000 manuscript pages"), Martin wrote that characters (and animals!!!) from the books that didn't make it into the HBO adaptation (or were killed off) will cause a "butterfly effect," aka these seemingly minor changes can cause huge differences in plot down the line.
"There are characters who never made it onto the screen at all, and others who died in the show but still live in the books… so if nothing else, the readers will learn what happened to Jeyne Poole, Lady Stoneheart, Penny and her pig, Skahaz Shavepate, Arianne Martell, Darkstar, Victarion Greyjoy, Ser Garlan the Gallant, Aegon VI, and a myriad of other characters both great and small that viewers of the show never had the chance to meet," Martin wrote in his latest post.
Forget winter. Unicorns are coming, people.
"And yes, there will be unicorns… of a sort…" he continued. Welp, this is ~magical~ news. Martin also confirmed that his books will differ a bit from the TV show ending. (Which, thank the seven gods.)
The author previously teased the presence of unicorns in his novels in April. During an interview with Neil DeGrasse Tyson on National Geographic's Star Talk, Martin revealed that the magical creatures make an appearance in one of his future novels.
“I tried to be very accurate, for example, with horses,” Martin said. “A lot of fantasy writers get horses all wrong. They make them these tireless beasts that can go anywhere and gallop for seven days straight.”
“You don’t give the horses wings on their backs, like pegasus," DeGrasse noted.
“I have an interesting take on unicorns coming up in the new books,” Martin said. “Oops," he quickly added, noticing he had given it away.
As Martin himself alluded to, according to A Wiki of Ice and Fire, the unicorns in the books aren't your traditional majestic white horses of fairy tales and medieval lore. They're actually just large goats with a giant forehead horn who live on the remote island of Skagos off the coast of Westeros (which is as far north as The Wall, and is extremely mountainous and uninhabitable).
But, seriously, how epic would it be if the Night King rode into battle on a unicorn? (No? Just us?)