Game Of Thrones

With the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ set to premiere in just a few weeks (Sunday, April 14th to be exact), author George R.R. Martin has weighed in with his thoughts on how the series has skewed a bit from his source material, and how the ending of his books (should they ever be released) will be a little different than what fans see on HBO. According to Martin while speaking to Rolling Stone recently:

“I’ve been so slow with these books. The major points of the ending will be things I told them five or six years ago. But there may also be changes, and there’ll be a lot added.”

Already book-readers have noticed differences for a few major plots, some characters the show decided not to include, or some storylines that got merged together, but in the end I would not be surprised if the final showdowns, who lives and dies, and who ends up on the Iron Throne stays the same across the books and the series. In the end, it seems like a real long-shot that we’ll ever get to see Martin’s book ending for the franchise, especially considering the man’s age, rampant procrastination (its been 8 years since he released the last book!), and the fact that he still has another book to write after he finally finishes the 6th book.


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Showrunner David Benioff also spoke on crafting their own ending for the series, as well as how much they have enjoyed the series and the people behind the series over the years:

“If you’re going to spend 10 years working on one show, you better really love the people you work with, because you’re spending a sh—load of time away from your family and friends. You always put everything into it. So to spend time on a show that people respond to all over the world, it’s incredibly gratifying. You have these characters you love and you can come up with ideas for them, and a few months later these incredible actors will be saying those things. That’s such a rare gift.”

It also helps that Benioff and co-showrunner D.B. Weiss have a lot of support from their cast and crew, especially when it came to the decision to end the series at this point in time. A great example of this was a statement made by Jamie Lannister actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who said:

“…That D. B. Weiss and David Benioff stuck to their guns and said, ‘This is the story we wanna tell; we’re not gonna extend this’—because I’m sure HBO would have loved another couple years of this show. There’s an audience for it, for sure. But I think everyone who watches the show will appreciate that it’s finished—that it was one story from episode 1 to episode 83, and we told it.”

Do you think Martin’s ending will end up being that different from what we will see on screen? Do you think we will actually see that ending from Martin? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below!

Source: Rolling Stone via Comic Book