With HBO’s Game of Thrones having come to an end, George R.R. Martin has finally spoken.
Many fans expressed disappointment for how the series ending. The reactions even included a petition, over 1.25 million signatures strong, to remake the last season. So, how did the author feel?
Explaining that the TV series co-creators “work in a different medium,” Martin actually defended David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
The Final Books
As many know, the writers for the HBO series had run out of source material – i.e. the books. With that in mind, it’s perfectly possible that Martin still has other plans for the denizens of Westeros. In fact, he’s admitted as much.
“I am working in a very different medium than David and Dan, never forget. They had six hours for this final season,” he wrote. “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.”
Yes, he also mentioned character deaths.
“There are characters who never made it onto the screen at all,” he said, “and others who died in the show but still live in the books…”
The Real Ending
Posing the question, “Book or show, which will be the ‘real’ ending?” He said that it was “a silly question,” and asked: “How many children did Scarlett O’Hara have?”
(To be clear, she had a different number of children in the book than she did in the film.)
“How about this? I’ll write it. You read it,” Martin closed his post. “Then everyone can make up their own mind, and argue about it on the internet.”
Of course, he would not say when the books will be finished. It’s already been nearly eight years since the fifth book was published. Allegedly, there are still two to come.