In the original “outline” of the story, which Martin calls high fantasy, there are fewer factions and families. We still have the Lannisters and the Starks in the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, and the Targaryens and the Dothraki horse-lords are still present across the Narrow Sea in Essos. But there are no mentions of Tyrells, Martells, Tullys, Boltons or Freys. Joffrey Baratheon is mentioned aplenty, but there doesn’t seem to be much about House Baratheon itself. And where is Cersei?
“Jaime Lannister will follow Joffrey on the throne of the Seven Kingdoms by the simple expedient of killing everyone ahead of him in the line of succession.”