Did you know that the original title of the episode “Terrible Angel” was
“Journey Into Darkness”? Or “God Bless the Child” was first entitled “Mary
Magdalene”? “A Distant Shore” had many titles before that one – “Coyote,”
“The Second Phoenix,” and “A Different Sea.”
George R.R. Martin, one of the writers and producers of “Beauty and the
Beast,” has given his papers to Texas A&M University. The university
houses the Martin archives in the Cushing Library on campus, where
Martin’s papers are available to the public for research.
I recently spent time in the Library going through box upon box of
Martin’s “Beauty and the Beast” files in order to put together a
presentation for the convention on any fascinating tidbits I could find,
like those original episode titles.
The Library allows copies to be made of various documents from the
collection as long as the documents are not further copied, distributed,
posted online, published, or in any other way disseminated.
In order to create this presentation, Karen advised the Library of the
intended use of documents which will be shown on-screen during this
presentation, and the Library approved their use, with the stipulation
that no photographs be taken or permanent record of the presentation be
put online. So please don’t take pictures of any of the screens or ask
later for copies of any of the documents, as she is honor-bound not to
make copies. (1)
The Martin archives are vast, with about 200 boxes of materials -
manuscripts, notes, memos, memorabilia, etc. - from the various television
shows he’s worked on and from his novels. There is no way that this
presentation could possibly encompass more than a slice of what treasures
are in those boxes, but I knew that fans would be hungry for any “new”
information they can get 25-plus years after the show was on the air.
(2) I went through some boxes which seemed to be interesting in terms of file
titles (“story outlines,” “spec scripts,” etc.). Of the many, many things
in the Martin archives of interest to B&B fans, I pulled out samplings. We
thought the easiest way to present the information is in date order, since
that roughly translates into season order. And yes, even though we are
both Classic fans, we will be presenting some intriguing information from
Martin’s Third Season files as well!
Dozens of story outlines
One thing that was really interesting was that Martin kept dozens of story
outlines which were presented by various script writers for consideration
by the show’s writers. Some of these suggestions were in script format,
some were in paragraph format, some were written like short stories. The
vast majority of these were rejected, although notes in the files indicate
that a few were to be considered further.
Here is just one example of what’s in the files. It’s an
analysis of a spec script by a writer named Tonya Lewis. The script
synopsis indicates the script is about Catherine camping with a friend. A
killer escapes from a prison and is making his way through the forest
where the girls are camping – someone Catherine helped convict. The killer
stumbles upon the campsite and captures Catherine. Vincent comes to the
rescue. They contemplate the beauty of nature before returning to the
city. The show staffer who reviewed the script recommends it highly.
It’s amazing the variety of suggested plots which were submitted, but also
how many writers had very similar ideas (visiting the mountains/lake cabin;
rape of a character; a boyfriend for Catherine; illness of a character;
etc.). It’s also amazing how little, in some cases, some of the writers
who submitted spec scripts understood about the characters or the central
themes of the show.
One thing that kept going through our minds was how much better the plots
some of our fan fiction writers were creating at the same time were,
compared to these professional writers who were submitting their script
It’s worth noting before we get too far into this that, contrary to some
people’s use of the term “unproduced scripts” (some of which are sold
online or posted on B&B sites), we didn’t find any scripts which had been
approved for filming but remained unproduced. Anything “unproduced” was
basically a script that was written and submitted for consideration, and
which the producers ultimately decided not to accept for filming.
Just because a script was recommended for “consideration” doesn’t mean it
actually was given the full writers’ room treatment and made into a real
B&B script. So…it’s safe to say that any scripts which were not put in
official B&B script covers are basically the same as the stories in the zines in our dealers room!
As we read some of these script ideas to you, please keep in mind they
were ideas that were floated to the writers/producers, or in some cases
floated BY one or another of the show’s writers themselves, and not
scripts which might have been filmed but for the change in the show’s
direction. Nothing here is canon.
Some of the earliest story outlines I found were from April 1987 for
There’s a story called “Chamber Music” (author unknown) which
has the barest outlines of the episode we know. At a fundraiser for a
“ghetto free clinic” run by an old physician, Catherine meets a young
doctor with an uptown practice. He falls for her, and she feels that “he
could be the right man for her.” Catherine thinks she’s hurt Vincent “or
even lost him,” but Vincent reassures her she should follow her heart.
While this is happening, there is a child piano prodigy Below; Vincent
wants him to go Above to train. When Vincent asks Catherine to help the
child prodigy, she takes the child on a tour above. Her doctor boyfriend
sees her and follows her Below when she brings the boy home. Father must
decide what’s to be done with him (“should he be kept down there, a
prisoner, for life?”). It turns out that the old physician from the free
clinic is a Helper, and he tells Father he’s dying; when he dies, their
access to medical supplies will dry up. Ultimately the young doctor
becomes the child prodigy’s guardian and new medical supply provider.
There’s another outline of “Chamber Music,” but the doctor from the other
version is now a famous newspaper reporter who finds out he’s
investigating the same corrupt politician as Catherine. The story is
essentially the same from there. In neither version does it say whether
the relationship with Catherine survives the episode.
In the same batch of story outlines is “Somewhere in Darkness,” in which
Catherine finds out that Lt. Herman from the pilot is looking for a serial
killer he is convinced is using the tunnels and is going to send SWAT
teams to search them. She and Vincent feel the only way to stop him is to
find the killer themselves, she working Above and he Below (by using his
“tremendous empathic powers to unravel the psychology of the killer”). The
tunnel folk help with reconnaissance and surveillance. Vincent’s “intense
understanding of the killer’s pathology” leads to the killer being
captured in time to save the tunnels from being raided.
Another proposal was “Moth’s Flame,” in which Catherine is investigating a
murder in the art world when she meets an artist named Baer. Baer is
evicted from his apartment and comes to Catherine to pour out his troubles,
which Vincent hears from her balcony. Vincent brings the artist Below and
he becomes a well-liked member of the tunnel community. But he is so in
awe of Vincent that he makes Vincent uncomfortable. Meanwhile, Catherine’s
murder investigation leads her to realize that Baer is the murderer. She
rushes Below, fearful that Vincent will be his next victim, and saves
Vincent because their
empathic connection warns him of the danger in time. Baer is brought Above
and Catherine has him arrested.
An outline from September of ‘87, called “Chinatown,” differs a lot from
the episode we know. There is no Lin in love with Henry – instead there’s
Laura, a Chinese-American worker in a sweat shop in Chinatown who tries to
unionize. The Tong want her to stop. She argues with her grandfather, Dr.
Wong, which Vincent overhears. He asks Catherine to help Laura. Catherine
meets Laura and those trying to unionize, including a Tong plant. The Tong
leader orders Laura’s assassination. Vincent saves her and brings her
Below. Dr. Wong is kidnapped by the Tong and they offer to exchange him
for Laura. Vincent saves them both and takes them Below and the Tong
follow. Vincent “repels the Tongs” and Laura and Dr. Wong organize the
sweat shop workers’ union.
In January of ‘88, writer Bob Biederman submitted several story ideas,
including a Vincent’s-origin story in which Vincent “is actually half
alien, similar to Mr. Spock of Star-Trek” (and Father is his biological
father – “assume he made up the story about finding him abandoned”). He
also offers one in which Vincent and Catherine go to a cabin in the
mountains and Vincent helps a deer shot by hunters to heal; the hunters
come across Catherine “alone” in the cabin and menace her “but her
profession intimidates them.” Catherine and Vincent leave, realizing
Vincent’s “never really at home except in his sheltering underground.” Notes by a B&B staffer indicate that certain aspects of these two stories
are interesting and “Vincent’s origin and special powers continue to
While there’s so much more in the Season 1 files, we need to move on to
Wendy Pini (Elfquest) and B&B
On May 19, 1988, Wendy Pini and her husband Richard wrote letters to Ron
Koslow offering to produce a B&B graphic novel – but the proposal is for
an update of the fairy tale, not one of the stories she later used in her
published B&B graphic novels. Intriguingly, Wendy mentions in her letter
that she had submitted a story proposal for an episode of B&B (which we
did not find in the archive).
Richard Pini’s letter said: “While we are aware that the writers’ strike
has brought things temporarily to a halt in terms of new production, we
are certain that the volume we propose would keep interest in the show
Wendy created two sample full-color covers for this proposed graphic novel,
and a detailed story treatment which included Catherine, Father, Vincent,
Kipper, Charles Chandler, Joe, and several new characters, including
lawyers and a client of Charles’ law firm.
What’s fascinating about her proposal is her comparison of her story with
the fairy tale.
Wendy compares each section of her original story to the fairy tale.
On the right it says “Beauty’s Father Loses His Fortune at Sea” and
the description of Wendy’s story says “Charles Chandler’s law firm is in
trouble. He has just lost two major clients….”
The entire story treatment continues in that vein.
Also included were numerous sample pages. As we show you the sample pages
Wendy drew for her proposal, (4) we’ll scroll through the contents of the
The story starts in Charles’s law firm, where a female partner is plotting
with her lover, a partner in a rival firm, to steal clients from Charles’
firm. The rival firm’s lawyer is himself in business with a drug smuggling
operation. Catherine tries to help her Dad by getting information on the
smuggling operation, but is threatened by gunmen. Vincent saves her.
Catherine leaves town with her Dad while the troublemakers are mopped up.
While she’s gone, Kipper knocks over a candle and sets fire to some books.
When helping to put out the fire, Vincent finds an old document hidden in
one of the books which reveals that a compatriot of Father’s at Chittenden
accused Father of creating Vincent in a lab experiment. Vincent leaves the
Tunnels and dreams of the life he could have had with Catherine if he were
normal. Catherine returns, and Vincent returns Below and learns the letter
is a lie. Catherine tells Vincent she wants him just as he is.
Yes or no?
We thought we’d do a little interactive segment here. There are a number
of pitch memos in the Martin archives from various writers which were
reviewed and commented upon by various folks on the writing staff – Martin
was involved in some, other writers in others. It looks like they split up
the chore among them.
We thought it would be fun to read a couple to you and let you guess if
the show’s writers decided to reject or consider the following spec
We’ll read them and you can vote, then we’ll let you know if you were
Here’s the first one:
Writer Mark Zicree pitched this story idea, which was reviewed in December
of ’88: Father spies a clipping about a washed-up science fiction writer
and asks Catherine to arrange a meeting. Father tells him about the
Tunnels. The writer doesn’t believe him and tries to run away, but runs
into Vincent and then believes Father. He becomes the storyteller of the
Tunnels. Turns out one of the writer’s stories was about a Utopian
underground world, which gave Father ideas about creating the society
Below, and he wanted to repay his perceived debt.
they like this or not?
the memo says “elements under consideration”
Here’s the second one:
Bobbi and David Weiss’s spec script was reviewed in January of ‘89. The
summary is: Jamie is raped Above while scavenging. Father initially blames
her for breaking the rules. Catherine asks: should she blame herself for
her own rape? Then later Father wishes for vengeance. Mouse tries to seek
revenge but Vincent stops him.
they like this or not?
yes, the reviewer said there are many opportunities for exploring
different emotional aspects of the characters, especially
– “because Father
is such a practical personality, he can’t just shut off his logical
instincts and totally feel sympathy for
Side note: the suggestion that Catherine had perhaps been raped in the
Pilot is not one we’ve ever heard in canon but the unnamed show writer who
reviewed this spec script didn’t seem surprised by it – even suggesting
the audience might learn something new about Catherine – “perhaps
something about being raped that she wouldn’t even tell Vincent….” Was
this just one reviewer’s perception, or a common thought? I have no clue
from the files.
OK, here’s another:
Richard Saperstein and Craig Ullman’s pitch memo was reviewed in February
of ‘89. One story pitch involved a script to open Season 2: Catherine is
in the hospital dying and doctors can’t figure out what’s wrong…while
Below, Vincent has disappeared. Between the two seasons, Vincent and
Catherine had made love, and Cathy’s love transformed Vincent into a “human.”
Father figures out the only way to
save Catherine is for Vincent to revert to his non-human form. Catherine
wants to sacrifice herself so Vincent can be normal, but Vincent refuses
and reverts back.
they like this or not?
Answer: they passed.
Writer David Ehrman’s pitch memo was reviewed in January of ‘89 and
included this story idea: Catherine is raped, causing a rift in her
relationship with Vincent, as her trust in men was obliterated. The rapist
is freed and comes for Catherine but is killed and Catherine is suspected
of the murder. Vincent offers to turn himself in for the crime, but
Catherine finds out another victim of the rapist actually killed him.
Because Vincent was willing to sacrifice himself for Catherine, it heals
they like this or not?
the memo says “under consideration”.
Try this one:
A teenage girl kills her friend when she comes under the influence of
Satan worshippers. Catherine investigates. Mouse starts hanging out with
Satan worshippers, unaware they plan to use him as their next sacrifice.
Vincent saves Mouse and Catherine gets the girl off on a lesser charge
with the new evidence.
they like this or not?
the memo says “pass”.
How about this one:
A plastic surgeon comes to the tunnels to help a burn victim, sees Vincent
and offers to help him. The doctor and Father argue. The doctor says
Vincent shouldn’t be denied the chance to live a “normal” life. Vincent
finally steps in and makes his own decision: he is content in himself and
refuses the treatment.
they like this or not?
the memo says “pass”.
Here’s one more:
Mouse finds a new cave with a sliver of light coming into it and decides
to turn it into a greenhouse. It has a strange smell. As Mouse works in
the cave, he starts acting snappy and aggressive. Those Below wonder what
the strange smell is. Mouse becomes paranoid and barricades himself in the
cave with Catherine. Finally Vincent smashes into the cave by force. Turns
out Mouse built his greenhouse under a PCP lab.
they like this or not?
the memo says “under consideration”.
When the Blue Bird sang
We all love the “Blue Bird” episode – I think it’s probably on most fans’
Top 3 Favorites list. It was, of course, written by Robert John Guttke.
But I found out that Mr. Guttke wrote several other spec scripts for B&B,
none of which ended up being produced.
Here’s some information about two of those spec scripts:
A memo dated February 13, 1989, comments on his Second Season spec script
“The Blessed Damozel” in which Father tells the children about a discovery
in the basement of a 100-year-old mansion in the tunnels; it contained
magical mirrors that had trapped a woman, her beloved, and another woman
who was jealous of their love, all in the mirrors – until Vincent and
Catherine intervened, the mirrors were broken, and the trapped souls were
released to die. Before his mirror broke, the man in the mirror gave
Vincent a ring, which Catherine now wears.
The comments by the B&B staff indicate that this version of the script was
considered a vast improvement over its earlier version, leaving the
audience to wonder if the story was fact or fantasy.
Another memo, dated March of ’89, concerned a Season 2 spec script from
Mr. Guttke entitled “The Dollmaker and the Unicorn” – about an evil dollmaker who turns his creations human. He sends his creations to kill
Vincent and when they fail, the dollmaker kills his human dolls. Catherine
investigates the dollmaker and finds evidence that the dollmaker was the
father of a “different” baby (Vincent). She confronts the dollmaker but he
isn’t afraid of her. The episode ends when the doll of a tunnel child
comes alive Below.
The reviewer of the script suggests that there are too
Apart from Guttke's scripts, one spec script you may be familiar with is “From the Well Recovered” – a
version is readily available online and probably in the dealers area. The
story revolves around a woman who once lived Below and who is now an
investigative reporter, and she’s causing Catherine and Joe problems by
interfering with a case they are on. Catherine and the woman, Robin, are
kidnapped, and in the course of a rescue, Robin is shot and dies in
Vincent’s arms, but not before resolving their misunderstanding from years
before. Catherine and Vincent then discuss the situation from the past.
Comments on the spec script show that the reviewer (“JT”) liked it. “This
captivating story has all of the ingredients of an exciting B&B episode….”
Stories for Season Two
One of the more fascinating documents Karen found is an undated list of
stories for Season Two. Before I tell you about it, let me mention that
this document appears to resolve a burning question in fans’ minds about
whether all of “Remember Love” was a dream or not. The answer is given in
this synopsis of the episode: “Consumed by frustration because he cannot
leave the tunnels with Catherine for even a few days, Vincent convinces
himself there would be less pain for those he loves if he had never
existed. Slipping into a waking dream, Vincent is visited by an angel….”
So, there you have it! Even though there’s no clear delineation between
reality and Vincent falling into that “waking dream” in the aired episode,
it is indeed a dream only AFTER Vincent turns down the chance to go to
Connecticut with Catherine.
OK, so the list of Season Two episodes starts off as you would expect and
includes familiar titles: Chamber Music, Remember Love, Ashes, Ashes, Dead
of Winter, God Bless the Child, A Fair and Perfect Knight, Sticks and
Stones, Labyrinths, Brothers, Orphans, Above This Scepter’d Sway (the name
was later changed to A Gentle Rain)…
And then the list mostly falls off a cliff! Suddenly we see a number of
episode titles and descriptions which are new to fans, and they appear
random. We asked Linda Campanelli, one of the show’s writers, about this
upcoming list, and her reply concerning an episode with her name on it as
a writer was as follows: “I can tell you for sure, that script was never
written. My guess is you're looking at…shows that were pitched as story
ideas, but never went any further. “
So apparently the writers had the first half of the season pretty much
tied down, and at the time this undated memo was written, they were still
tossing ideas around for the second half of the season, with the whole
descent-into-madness thing still not fully developed.
Here are the titles and pitches from the “second season” memo:
Night – Vincent tells of the night of April 12 before he found Catherine
Sunset Sunrise – Catherine takes Vincent to the lake
The Return of Elliot Burch – Cullen has an exhibit of his work and Elliot
thinks Cullen is Catherine’s secret lover
A Tale Told – Catherine gets the flu and Vincent tells her a story, which
Catherine envisions, and she and Vincent are the heroine and hero of it…and
she demands the happy ending they both desire
Father Relives His Betrayal – Father goes Above and finds himself
confronting the scientist who betrayed him to the House Unamerican
The Wishing Well – An old man “wishes” into a wishing well in Central
Park, the children Below hear it, and Vincent and Catherine help reunite
him with his true love.
Then we’re back to The Outsiders, but off again on…
The Blind Date – Catherine goes on a blind date with Joe’s cousin, and her
date gets a glimpse of her secret life, which we see from his point of
And…back again to A Time of Madness (which sounds like Ceremony of
But off again to Crime of Passion – Brooke falls in love with a Topsider
but a spurned lover from Below kills her new love, and a “trial” Below
ends in banishment for the murderer
And Miles to Go Before I Sleep – Vincent tells the children the story of
his Halloween evening out with Catherine
And finally…Mitch – Sam Denton becomes fatally ill and wants to reconcile
with Mitch, and a furlough from prison is arranged, but Mitch betrays
Vincent by escaping, then eventually he surrenders and returns to prison.
Fandom related material
Martin’s archives also include some fandom-related material. For instance,
there’s a March 16, 1989, memo from “Eve” to George regarding fan support
– strategies and problems. Eve recounts to George several conversations
she’s had with fans and requests his advice on how to respond to them.
Stephanie Wiltse, Kathy Cox and Jeanne Cloud are specifically mentioned.
Stephanie wants a letter from the producers to put in an upcoming issue of
Pipeline. Kathy mentioned a fan wanted to put a full-page ad in a local
newspaper threatening to boycott CBS if they take B&B off the air, and Eve
suggests telling her to instead “urge” CBS to keep the show on the air.
Kathy asks if letter-writing campaigns are worthwhile. Jeanne heard that
CBS would be making a decision in a week – what can fans do now? Who
specifically should fans write to? Sadly, Mr. Martin’s response memo (if
he even wrote one) is not included in the file.
That same day, letters were addressed to multiple B&B fan clubs thanking
fans for their support over the past two years, and requesting that fans
send letters to the network in support of a third season. Enclosed with
each letter was a genuine Winterfest candle made for “Dead of Winter.” If
you’ve never seen one of these original Winterfest candles, they are quite
large, ugly, and covered with glitter.
An episode outline
the audience was shown an example of what a writer’s outline looked like from the show’s
writing staff (as opposed to people who pitched spec scripts to the show
through their agents, who sometimes sent their pitches in script form). It
looks like the show’s staff fleshed out their ideas for a possible script
like a story. As you can see, there’s little dialogue. This outline
appears not to have made it into script format.
The story revolves around a man who Jenny falls in love with, Frank, who
appears to be part of a criminal operation. Catherine is sad that Jenny’s
fallen so hard for a man who likely will be going to jail for a long time,
but Jenny is adamant that she trusts and believes in Frank. It includes a
wonderful scene in which Catherine tells Vincent, “I need you to kiss me”
and he does. The conversation then goes into Catherine’s frustration that
Vincent puts up walls even when they’re alone, when there should be no
limits between them – but she knows there are things he won’t talk about,
feelings he won’t share, things they can’t do, that he’s made choices for
her that she’s having trouble living with
and she wants to know why…and then, of course, they are interrupted by a
phone call! Of course, it turns out Jenny’s instincts were right about
Frank – he’s not a criminal, he’s an undercover cop, but now he needs to
go into witness protection, so their relationship must end.
What’s extra special about this outline is that Vincent and Catherine do
make it to the lake cabin! It also includes a cute out-of-story reference
from Linda and Shelly, the writers, who needed something in one spot in
the story that is “far more clever and yet somehow plausible and simple
that Ron, Howard, Alex, Patti, George or anyone else comes up with. We’ll
listen to anyone, we’ll take calls at all hours…”
And…on to Season Three! Season 3 notes are quite interesting. For instance,
Diana’s last name was originally Foley.
There are hand-written notes, which we assume are George R.R. Martin’s, are
entitled “New Beauty – Diana” and include some ideas on her background:
large blue-collar family…..Tragedy in her past? Mentor? Mystery man? ….One
note suggests: “Joe & Diana attraction”…. Possible story set ups: “Vincent
is tried by Council, exiled from Tunnel world – lives Above” ….“Diana
nurses Vincent back to health – underworld thinks Vincent is dead”
There is a document entitled “Third Season Episodes” and dated June 9 of
’89 which sets out, in paragraph form, proposed episodes. We’ll give you a
synopsis of what’s in the memo:
Episode 1 – Breath of Life – Ron Koslow - Essentially what we know as
“Though Lovers Be Lost,” but Joe is “gunned down in a hail of bullets” and
clings to life, and he tells Catherine about a journal hidden in his
house. Catherine gives the journal to Father.
Episode 2 – The Pregnancy – Campanelli and Moore -
“Though Lovers Be Lost” up to Catherine being kidnapped
Episode 3 – “So Late Into the Night” – George R.R. Martin -
Catherine’s missing but Moreno doesn’t. Joe pokes around until he’s fired.
Elliot hires Cleon Manning to look for Catherine. Vincent meets with
Elliot and gives him the journal. Moreno asks Joe to meet him at
Catherine’s apartment to go over new evidence – the plan is Gabriel will
bring Catherine, they’ll get the journal, then kill Joe and Catherine and
torch the apartment. Vincent gets there early and throws Moreno off the
balcony. Gabriel sees Moreno fall and doesn’t get out of his limo with
Catherine. Joe is reinstated and named Acting D.A.
Episode 4 – “The Widening Gyre” – Gansa & Gordon -
Six months later. Joe’s
pressured to close Catherine’s case, so he turns to Diana Foley. Elliot’s
threatened by Gabriel, refuses to bargain, and his downfall is
orchestrated as happened in 3S. Cleon quits, but not before telling
Vincent about the skyscraper on Fifth Avenue.
Episode 5 – no title – writer is “P.K.S.” -
Vincent smashes his way into
the building. Gabriel orders the doctor to induce Catherine’s labor.
Vincent’s stopped. Catherine gives birth. Vincent finally breaks through.
Everything proceeds as at the end of “Though Lovers Be Lost.”
Episode 6 – “Walk Slowly” – Campanelli & Moore -The kidnapping case turns
into a murder case.
Episode 7 – “Where No Birds Sing” – George R.R. Martin -Vincent is
inconsolable. He travels far Below. Narcissa tells him to go back, that
the tunnels he’s traveling lead to terrible places. He goes on, finally
sleeping, only to awaken in a nightmare city, and he fights those he
killed in life. He’s rescued by the deceased Winslow. Vincent says he
wants to rescue Catherine, but they find out she’s not in the city of the
dead. Vincent wakes up in the tunnels, only to find he’d stopped breathing
and Father had had to revive him.
Episode 8 – no title – writer is “P.K.S.” -
Vincent goes after Gabriel’s
drug empire, fueled by vengeance. Vincent kills Gabriel’s drug lord.
Episode 9 – “Home From the Hill” – Gansa & Gordon -Nobody Below knows
about Vincent’s son yet. Father thinks Vincent’s descending into madness
again. Diana finds out there’s an international assassin in New York with
ties to Gabriel named The Serpent. The Serpent finds out about Vincent and
goes into the tunnels. “One or more of our favorite characters are
sacrificed in the process.” Finally, The Serpent runs out of ammo, panics
and flees, but Vincent kills him.
Diana discovers The Serpent’s body, who she suspects was killed by
Episode 10 – untitled – Campanelli & Moore -
The Tunnel community begs
Vincent to give up his crusade of vengeance. Vincent decides to totally
exile himself from the tunnel community. Vincent finally tells Father he
has a son.
Episode 11 – “When Beggar’s Die” – George R.R. Martin -
Elliot’s in prison
for dirty deals and Joe prosecutes the air-tight case. Gabriel visits
Elliot and Elliot agrees to turn on Vincent. The next day, the case
against Elliot unravels. Elliot sets Vincent up for Gabriel, but
sacrifices himself to save Vincent. Vincent, close to death, is found by
An August 9, 1989, memo entitled “Notes on General Story Meeting” includes
the following: “Subject: The Arc of Scripts 7-12 – or, how to go about
developing the romance between Diana and Vincent while maintaining
Vincent’s quest for his child…”
A sample comment under “options” – “The fact that they are pulled together
by the same mission takes the onus off Vincent taking up with a new woman
shortly after Catherine’s death”
Another option – “Although Vincent never forgets his quest, we are only
occasionally reminded of Gabriel and the child (e.g., as a B-story)….”
Another possibility – “Gabriel proposes a Devil’s bargain that Vincent is
forced to accept – e.g., he will not raise the child but send him away
until he comes of age; at which time he can choose between his two fathers….”
Well, this has only been a tiny taste of all the goodies that can be found
in looking through the George R.R. Martin archives. We hope you’ve enjoyed
hearing some of these snippets!
(1) Subsequent to the date of the
presentation, this document was approved by the Library for posting to
Batbland, for which we are grateful.
(2) We agreed with BatBland that the
September 25th celebration of the first airing - 27th this year - was a
perfect moment to put this presentation online, with the permission of the
(3) The author of "The Unseen
Beauty and the Beast" reported that there was
script which was a 'go' but which remained unproduced due to the
ratings decline in Season 2. A more comprehensive review of GRRM's files
is being planned, and if additional information on 'unproduced' scripts is
found, it will be reported during the next presentation about GRRM's
(4) Ms. Pini's work has not been
reproduced here, as separate permission is needed from her to post her
unpublished work. If any fan knows Ms. Pini and can contact her for
permission, we will post the panels mentioned here if permission is