'Game of Thrones': Author George R.R. Martin teases 'real' ending

Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

Author George R.R. Martin was among the minority of fans who applauded "Game of Thrones" showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss on Monday following the polarizing series finale of their HBO series.

He also teased that their conclusion might be different from the end he has in mind for his protracted "A Song of Ice and Fire" book series, the show's source material that made a meta cameo at the small council meeting in Sunday's final episode.

It also might not be. As always, Martin was maddeningly evasive about it.

"Book or show, which will be the 'real' ending? It's a silly question. How many children did Scarlett O'Hara have?" the 70-year-old scribe wrote Monday on his Not a Blog.

"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."

His words, which waxed poetic and nostalgic about the epic TV series he sourced, are a direct response to fan discontent over its small-screen conclusion.


Beware: Spoilers are coming.

The show ended with Tyrion Lannister's sweeping arguments that mobilized Jon Snow to assassinate his lover-turned-Mad Queen Daenerys Targaryen and shipped him back to the Night's Watch.

It unexpectedly named Bran the Broken as ruler of the Six Kingdoms while viable Iron Throne contenders like Bran's sisters Sansa and Arya Stark were passed up. The former declared independence and became Queen in the North and the latter set off to find what's west of Westeros.

Needless to say, just about every character conclusion left droves of fans angry or unsatisfied and left many questions unanswered.


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