It will be substantially different than the season finale of the HBO series says the Game of Thrones creator.
The author of the original books, that were the basis of HBO’s mega, global hit Game of Thrones, which just ended its eight and final season, George R.R. Martin, has said his ending will be different from the television series, and will even have unicorns.
Writing on his blog, the 70-year-old said fans will also get the chance to read about some characters that didn’t make the cut for the HBO series
“How will it all end? The same ending as the show? Different? Well… yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes.” George R.R. Martin
In doing so, Martin seems to be walking back comments where he has said that he consulted with showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss so that the novels lined up with the series.
George R.R. Martin shot down rumors that the final two books in his A Song of Ice and Fire series—The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring —have been completed in secret. But it’s just as common to read speculation that Martin has made no progress at all, with many fans fretting The Winds of Winter will never be completed or released, since Martin has supposedly lost interest in Westeros after Game of Thrones depicted the series’ ending before the author could get around to writing it. In reality, a lot of The Winds of Winter has already been written, since Martin, often affectionately abbreviated GRRM, has shared multiple excerpts from the upcoming ASOIAF novel at conventions and public appearances.
But to understand The Winds of Winter, it’s necessary to start with 2011’s A Dance with Dragons and 2005’s A Feast for Crows, the two most recent entries in A Song of Ice and Fire. Both books take place over the same period of time, with A Feast for Crows following events in Dorne, the Iron Islands, King’s Landing and Arya’s assassin training at the House of Black and White in Braavos. A Dance with Dragons follows events on both sides of the Wall and across the Narrow Sea, where Daenerys Targaryen tries to keep control over the city of Meereen.
Martin continued on his blog:
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.”
Asked about the fan petition to rewrite the final season because they are unhappy, Martin responds: “I’ll write it. You read it. Then everyone can make up their own mind, and argue about it on the internet.”
For all the haters, Sean T. Collins over at Vulture and at Rolling Stone masterfully captured the language that I don’t possess to express how I felt.
I wasn’t outraged by what she [Daenerys] did in “The Bells.” I was heartbroken. I wanted to believe, just like so many of her followers and so many people in the audience wanted to believe. I hoped humanity would triumph over its own inhumanity, just as it had triumphed over literal inhumanity in the form of the Night King and his army at Winterfell. I hoped Good Queen Daenerys and Good King Jon would reign happily ever after. I hate that I was wrong.
But beyond that Collins captures what I truly felt, happy for the first time in his recap over at Rolling Stone:
“…Runited with both his buddy Tormund Giantsbane and his familiar direwolf, Ghost. After one last rueful look over his shoulder as the Wall’s gate closes — a look at what might have been — Lord Snow leads the Free Folk back to the lands from which they were driven. His mission now is to restore life and warmth to a place death thought it had conquered.
And as this young and revitalized people march on, a lone green shoot pokes out from beneath the snow. Despite what Jon tells Tyrion, there can be life after death, of a sort — as long as the living choose to go on and do right by what they’ve done wrong.
“Bran, Arya, Sansa, Jon: In their final destinies, the heirs of House Stark all defy their house words, “Winter Is Coming.” After showing us a nightmare for eight seasons, Game of Thrones finally dares to dream of spring.”
Thank you for the beautiful words Mr. Collins.