George R.R. Martin Speaks
So, did George R.R. Martin think the series finale based on his novels went up in flames just like King’s Landing? The short answer: no… George R.R. Martin stated on his Not a Blog that “it is hard to believe it is over.” He went on to thank the cast, crew, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, co-executive producer Bryan Cogman, and HBO for their work on the series.
What Did He Have to Say?
Many people have been wondering if the ending to Martin’s book series would be similar to the series. Here’s his answer on that question:
“Well… yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes.”
As you can see, Martin was decisive in his answer! In all honesty, this answer makes sense. He went on to state in the same post:
“I am working in a very different medium than David and Dan, never forget. They had six 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…”
This all makes sense. The series, from the start, has deviated from the book series as a clear direction for the stories the showrunners wanted to tell. Some of the ideas were based on suggestions from Martin himself, so it’s easy to see where the mixed bag of yeses and nos come in. With each iteration of this world and these stories, there will always be deviation from the original creators’ end because artists want to tell their own story.
And so what if this is the only ending we will get to Game of Thrones (mainly because Martin is so busy I don’t know when he’ll have time to finish his books)? We got 9 years of a show that made people from all walks of life discuss the most outrageous fan theories for any franchise to date… except mine. Mine were gold, and I honestly think they didn’t happen like I said because the writers heard about it and didn’t want to steal my dope theories… Thanks, Game of Thrones writers. Game recognizes game… of thrones!!! Don’t @ me!
So what did you think of our resident wizard of words George R.R. Martin’s thoughts on the ending? Did you like the Game of Thrones finale? Do you think he’ll ever finish his books? Everyone saw that Westworld teaser, right? Let me know your answers to all these questions down below or on social, and yes, you can @ me.