6 Major Characters Who Are Alive in Books But Couldn’t Survive GOT Season 5

Every year in Game of Thrones, there are characters who make it to the next season and then there are those who joins the list of fallen. Some of them are adored by a huge swathe of GOT fan community while others are despised and even cheered at when they die a horrific death. Here is a list of 6 major characters who couldn’t survive GOT Season 5, but are still alive in Song of Ice & Fire books:


Mance Rayder:

He was sentenced to death by burning as he refused to join the forces of Stannis Baratheon. But before that happens, Jon Snow intervened and killed him by an arrow. He is still alive in the books. In fact, he may have found Horn of Winter which can bring down the wall for good.


Princess Shireen:

She was the most beloved character on the 5th installment of the show but was made to go in the most brutal way possible. After her father’s plans went haywire, he decided to take counsel of Lady Melisandre and burnt his own daughter alive as a sacrifice to Lord of Light. She is alive in the books.

Sir Barristan Selmy:

He was considered to be one of the greatest swordsmen in the whole of seven kingdoms, his nickname was “Barristan the Bold”. He pledged allegiance to Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen and died of multiple wounds on the chest while fighting with “Sons of the Harpy”. He is in Dany’s small council and is very much alive in the books.


Stannis Baratheon:

He is the epitome of a person who spectacularly fell from grace. He burnt his own daughter alive, his wife hung herself, half his soldiers deserted him and took away his horses. He was consumed by his lust for power and in the process lost everything. Finally, Brienne of Tarth executed a death sentence on him and avenged the life of Renly Baratheon killed by a shadow monster. In books, he is strategizing for Battle of Winterfell, yet to mount an attack on the Boltons.



He was the head of one of the ancient, wealthy, aristocratic family who indulged in the slave trade in the city of Mereen. He suggested to Dany to reopen the fighting pits in order to respect old traditions. She married him and opened the pits, but “Sons of the Harpy” attacked during the fight and killed him ruthlessly. In books, he tries to gain control of the city after Dany flees Meereen on Drogon’s back, but Selmy and Grey Worm captured him but he isn’t dead yet.


Myrcella Baratheon/Lannister:

In the last episode of season 5, it was revealed that she knew all along that her father is actually Jamie Lannister and not King Robert. She even told Jamie that she is proud to have him as a father, but before she could start a new life, Ellaria Sand poisoned her to avenge her husband’s death. She isn’t dead in the books.


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