The creator of Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin, has teased that his A Song of Ice and Fire books will have both a similar and dissimilar ending to the TV series.
After all these years, the epic TV series that was Game of Thrones has come to an end. The show was a truly remarkable achievement in the television sphere and the ending was tasked with providing a satisfying conclusion to a rabid fanbase.
But how will the books themselves fare in comparison? It seems author George R.R. Martin will have a similarly tough task in wrapping up a series so many have been waiting so long for.
Will his ending be different from the show? Well, Martin took to his blog to explain that there will be elements that are the same but with his story being so different at this point, there will be natural changes: “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.
“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.
“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…”
Of course, it seems only natural that there will be stark differences between the two endings with so many different characters in the mix but it will be interesting to see which elements resemble events we have seen on TV.