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George R.R. Martin Discusses how His Books will Differ from the ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale

George R.R Martin has finally broken his silence on the much talked about Game of Thrones finale.

Martin’s post on his blog, which he titled “An Ending,” discusses his thoughts on the series as well as provides hints as to how the novels will differ from the series. Martin begins by thanks those who were involved in the creating and writing of the series, as well as HBO:

“…David Benioff, Dan Weiss, Bryan Cogman (the third head of the dragon, as I said in the recent VANITY FAIR piece about him), and of course the great team at HBO, headed by Richard Plepler.   Any other network, and GAME OF THRONES would not have been what it became.  Most other networks, this series never gets made at all.”

He then moves on to discussing his highly anticipated novels, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring, which he says will differ from the ending of the series in some ways, mostly because of the medium he is working in:

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. 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. 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.”

Martin went on to say that a major difference fans will see is how minor characters that never appeared in the series will still have roles to play in his novels, such as Lady Stoneheart:

“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…Book or show, which will be the ‘real’ ending? It’s a silly question…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.”

GRRM has still not provided a release date for The Winds of Winter, but keep it locked on Talkies Network for all the latest info about the forthcoming A Song of Ice and Fire novel! 

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