Game of Thrones finally came to a close earlier this week. While the series' final season has been pretty divisive among fans who feel disappointed by the rushed story and unearned character developments, A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin says that his book series will end pretty much the same way.
Game of Thrones may have been based on Martin's books, however, the author has yet to complete his fantasy novel series with two books left to publish. Seeing how HBO's adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire has long since outpaced Martin's novels, fans have started wondering whether or not the books are going to end the same way as the Game of Thrones series.
Taking to his blog, Not A Blog, Martin responds to these queries by saying yes, the books are going to end the same. Martin also answers no, because Game of Thrones failed to bring a lot of other elements and characters to the small screen.
"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," the author wrote in his blog post.
Of course, fans forget that Game of Thrones is a television series and The Winds of Winter is a book – two very different mediums. While GRRM had always envisioned the same kind of ending for A Song of Ice and Fire, the author understands that he's going to handle the finale a bit differently.
"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…"
Sounds like there's going to be a lot of additions to the ending that GRRM has planned.
Game of Thrones season 8 aired its finale last Sunday on HBO.
Read: Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner Speaks Out Against Those Petitions That Want Season 8 Remade