Warning: Game of Thrones spoilers ahead
Now that our watch is over and the ash is settling on the realm, we can finally sit back and debrief on THAT shocking Game of Thrones ending.
Despite opinions being divided on the shortened final season of the HBO show, there’s no denying that showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have kept everyone talking over the past six episodes.
For anyone who was a little disappointed by the bittersweet ending, author George R.R. promises his books will be different.
Writing on his Not a Blog site, Martin confessed: “How will it all end? I hear people asking. The same ending as the show? Different? Well… yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes.”
He went on to explain how the books were always going to be a different beast to the show: ” I am working in a very different medium than David and Dan, never forget. They had eight hours for this final season.
“I expect these last two books of mine will fill 3000 manuscript pages between them before I’m done… and if more pages and chapters and scenes are needed, I’ll add them. And of course the butterfly effect will be at work as well; those of you who follow this Not A Blog will know that I’ve been talking about that since season one.”
It’s no secret that Martin has been taking his sweet time with his “A Song of Ice and Fire” saga. He released A Dance with Dragons back in 2011, with fans STILL waiting for The Winds of Winter.
Elsewhere, characters and whole houses from the books *cough* Lady Stoneheart *cough* never made it to the screen adaptation. Another example is how Stannis Baratheon is still alive and kicking in the books, but met his maker way back in the Season 5 finale.
Martin rounded off by reminding readers: “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. And yes, there will be unicorns… of a sort…”
Recent rumours that Martin has already completed the final two books were quickly shot down by the 70-year-old. He’s previously teased that the main events will play out the same, but some of the secondary characters might have a different ending.
Whatever is coming our way, we can probably expect Jon Snow to deliver that killer blow and off Daenerys “Mad Queen” Targaryen. Here’s hoping Martin has a better death planned for Cersei Lannister. death by rubble is hardly Red Wedding standard, is it?
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