John Bradley Loved How 'Game Of Thrones' Messed With Fan Expectations Of 'A Song Of Ice And Fire'

One of the big rumors and thoughts for the show would be that we would see Samwell Tarly living to write ‘A Song of Ice and Fire‘ as a history book for the realm. While that isn’t exactly what happened he can at least be credited for the title!

In a recent interview, John Bradley opened up to why his character didn’t end up penning the full history book and why he enjoyed how this had played out!

“I was really thrilled about how [Benioff and Weiss] handled that. It was a combination of fan service and a slight little twist. A lot of people know George and the Tolkien template he’s used in his series from the start. A lot of people maybe predicted Sam would have devised the narrative of the Song of Ice and Fire book, and it would be a meta textuality in how the series ends: Sam writing the books, the drama that everyone’s just watched. It would have been an interesting way to end it. But because so many people were predicting that, but at the last second there’s a slight diversion from people’s predictions — that it wasn’t Sam, but Archmaester Ebrose (Jim Broadbent) who wrote A Song of Ice and Fire, and Sam just came up with the title — it was such a delicious twist in the tale. We nearly gave the predictors what they wanted. It must have been so frustrating, but also thrilling, for people who predicted it. It was really clever, to pull the rug out from under those feet, nearly giving them exactly what they wanted, but taking it away at the last minute… it was an evil but delicious thing to do.”

It really felt like the twist which George R.R. Martin might be writing for the novels to have us expect one thing while delivering something else entirely, just with less death than we’re used to.

Do you wish that Samwell Tarly had ended up writing ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ at the end of ‘Game of Thrones’? Will this be the same reveal we get in the actual novels or will George R.R. Martin allow the character to pen the entire history? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


Source: The Hollywood Reporter