Recently Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin shared his thoughts about the controversial ending of the HBO TV series. During an interview with PBS in Chicago, he talked about how much the TV series had diverged from his book series, A Song of Ice and Fire. And he also was a bit dejected that his own writer’s block allowed the differences to take shape. Martin shared his honest thoughts on how HBO’s Game of Thrones came to a close, and wished things had ended differently on the TV series.
“Looking back, I wish I had stayed ahead in the books,” Martin said. “My biggest issue there was when they began that series, I had four books already in print and the fifth one came out just was starting in 2011. I mean, I had I a five-book head start — and these are gigantic books, as you know, if you’ve seen them — I never thought they’d catch up with me. But they did.” Martin shared during the interview.
He further added, “They caught up with me and passed me, and that made it a little strange because now the show was ahead of me, and the show was going in somewhat different directions. So, I’m still working on the book, and you’ll see my ending when that comes out.”
There’s some good news for the fans as Martin shared that the COVID-19 pandemic helped force him to get back to writing. It’s been 10 years since the last book was released and fans are getting impatient and hopefully we will get to read the next book this year.
Martin has mentioned in the past that there are some plotlines where the characters were killed-off on the show, but in the books they will have a major role to play and this will have a “butterfly effect” on the way the show and the books end. Martin revealed that it might include the revival of some characters from the dead and the introduction of skin-changer magic in few characters and characters from Southern Westeros who never made it on TV, playing important roles.
Right now we don’t have any idea when the sixth novel of the series, “The Winds of Winter,” will be released, and Martin will have to start working on the seventh and presumed final book, called “A Dream of Spring” once The Winds of Winter gets published.
Till then fans can watch the Game of Thrones prequel series, House of the Dragon which is currently in production and is expected to premiere in the spring of 2022.