George RR Martin writes about the 'real' ending of 'Game of Thrones' — and his progress on the last 2 books

In a bittersweet blog post commemorating the “wild ride” from his first meeting with “Game of Thrones” showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff to the ratings record-smashing series finale, George R.R. Martin attempted to answer the question of just how much the HBO show’s ending matches up with the one he has planned for the books that inspired it.

Martin also insisted that he will eventually finish the long-delayed final installments of those books… just don’t ask him when he’ll finish.

“I’m writing. 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,” Martin writes. “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.'” So there you have it. Sort of.

Meanwhile, there’s the question of the show’s ending. The first 5 seasons of “Game of Thrones” were adaptations of Martin’s novels. But the basis for season 5, “A Dance With Dragons,” was released in 2011 while the show’s first season was still in progress and Martin didn’t finish “The Winds of Winter” before season 6. Which is why, during the final three seasons, the show charted its own course.

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Emilia Clarke, 2011
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Kit Harington, 2011
Kit Harington, 2019
Isaac Hempstead Wright, 2011
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Sophie Turner, 2012
Sophie Turner, 2019
Maisie Williams, 2012
Maisie Williams, 2019
Lena Headey, 2011
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Peter Dinklage, 2011
Peter Dinklage, 2019
Gwendoline Christie, 2012
Gwendoline Christie, 2019
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, 2011
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, 2019
Jason Momoa, 2011
Jason Momoa, 2019
Alfie Allen, 2011
Alfie Allen, 2019

Now, events in seasons 6, 7 and 8 were based on notes Martin gave to the showrunners about where he intended things to end — which among other things included who would end up ruling Westeros in the end. Even so, many fans have wondered if the finished novel series will go in a different place and more importantly, serve as the true conclusion to “Game of Thrones.”

According to Martin, expect things to be the same, and different.

“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,” Martin writes.

In his post, Martin says that the differences between television and literature will certainly come in to play. “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.”

But the main thing Martin wants fans to know is that the question of which version will contain the correct ending isn’t really important. “Book or show, which will be the “real” ending? It’s a silly question. How many children did Scarlett O’Hara have?” he said.

“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.”

Roger that.

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