Why this shocking moment from the 'Game of Thrones' finale might have been the last major surprise George R.R. Martin revealed to the writers

Business Insider | 5/20/2019 | Kim Renfro, INSIDER
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Warning: Spoilers ahead for HBO's "Game of Thrones" season eight finale.

HBO's showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss once said they were told three shocking moments George R.R. Martin that haven't happened in the books yet.

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The first two were the burning of Shireen Baratheon and the revelation of how Hodor got his name.

The third and final shocking moment likely just unfolded on the series finale.

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HBO's "Game of Thrones" came to an end on Sunday night, and with it one of the show's most devastating deaths in the eight-season run. We believe this particular death is the last major twist author George R.R. Martin revealed to the showrunners.

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Back in 2013, "Game of Thrones" showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss realized their TV adaptation of Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" books might soon outpace the source material. So they sat down for a meeting with Martin, in which he told them the "broad strokes" for his planned ending.

This is your last warning before we dive into major spoilers for the series finale of "Game of Thrones."

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We believe the death of Daenerys Targaryen at the hands of Jon Snow was one of the most surprising things Martin told Benioff and Weiss would eventually happen in his books.

In the final episode of the series, Jon Snow killed his queen by stabbing Daenerys in her heart right in front of the Iron Throne. Daenerys dies, shocked by Jon's betrayal, and her body is subsequently carried off by her last living dragon, Drogon.

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