George Martin Reveals How The 'Game of Thrones' Ending In The Books Will Be Different From The Show

‘Game of Thrones’ has aired its final episode, and every fan in the world feels a little void in their hearts. Luckily, we can still look forward to the final two books in George R.R. Martin’s ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ novels. Additionally, the author recently opened up about the finale of the epic show and said something about the ending of his books that might give hope to his followers. Let’s find out more!

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Naturally, the author took to his blog to talk about the ending the massive hit show and to say his farewells. He also addressed his long-awaited next novels, which would conclude the story in written form. One of the grand questions on every fans’ mind is if the ending would be the same. However, Martin’s answer was not clear.

“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.”

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When it became clear that the final two novels in ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ would not be released before the show had to continue, the author told creators D.B Weiss and David Benioff how he envisioned the end. But, over the years, ‘GOT’ has also taken certain liberties – such as excluding characters – that might make a big difference in the novel’s ending.

But, his comments can be taken to mean that while he is working toward a similar goal, some things might change along the way. After all, the final season only had six episodes, and his manuscript will likely be more than 3,000 pages. Furthermore, a book – especially Martin’s – can be much more detailed and complex that whatever appeared on the small screen.

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Moreover, his attitude is extremely relaxed, which also implies that he was satisfied with the way showrunners ended ‘Game of Thrones’. He concluded his post with,

"How about this? I’ll write it. You read it. Then everyone can make up their own mind, and argue about it on the internet."

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Before the premiere of Season Eight, Martin went on ’60 Minutes’ to talk about the differences between the TV series and his final two novels. He said that the show would have to run another five seasons for it to stay completely true to his plans for ‘Winds of Winter’ and ‘A Dream of Spring’. But, it’s very close to his idea because he had “several days of story conferences” with the creators.

“I don't think Dan and Dave's ending is gonna be that different from my ending because of the conversations we did have. But they may be on certain secondary characters, there may be big differences,”

he explained.

“There's no way to get in all the detail, all the minor characters, all the secondary characters.”

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As most ‘GOT’ fans know, a petition online has been gaining traction for the past few weeks which calls for a reshoot of the final season with new writers. Not every follower of the show feels this way, but the petition has already surpassed 1.3 million signatures. Martin defended Benioff and Weiss, stating that it was hard to work with only eight hours to finalize the story.

As mentioned earlier, Martin’s manuscripts for the final novels will have around 3,000 pages, and the author took to his website to talk about this issue. He posted,  

“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.”

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The petition is titled “Remake Game of Thrones Season 8 with competent writers”, and the explanation says,

“David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have proven themselves to be woefully incompetent writers when they have no source material (i.e. the books) to fall back on. This series deserves a final season that makes sense. Subvert my expectations and make it happen, HBO!”

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Anyone who has seen ‘Game of Thrones’ knows that the show is unlike any other. Main characters die all the time, and no one should have been expecting a happy ending. But many people are still angry.

After two years of waiting for the final season, some fans are disappointed with the direction, and others think that it should have been extended for more seasons to develop it better. Here's a timeline of events to help you remember everything that happened in the show. 


Now more than ever, fans are looking forward to the release of the novels. Martin also addressed his delayed works. He said,

“Winter is coming, I told you, long ago… and so it is. The Winds of Winter is very late, I know, I know, but it will be done. I won’t say when, I’ve tried that before, only to burn you all and jinx myself… but I will finish it, and then will come A Dream of Spring.”

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He also added that fans who have desperately waited for the books will be happy to learn more about the characters that didn’t appear in the TV series. “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,” Martin said.  

“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.”

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The first book, ‘A Game of Thrones’, came out in 1996. ‘A Clash of Kings’ was released in 1998, and the third one was 2000’s ‘A Storm of Swords’. ‘A Feast of Crows’ was published in 2005, and finally, ‘A Dance With Dragons’ went public in 2011. His most recent work ‘Fire & Blood’, a history of House Targaryen, was released on November 20, 2018. An actor recently claimed that the final two books were already finished

We are definitely looking forward to the differences between the final two books and the show’s ending. Let us know what you think of the angry fan petition. If you liked this article, share it with your friends who enjoyed the entire series. See you next time!

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