Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin may be feeling a little of the sulkiness that fans are experiencing after the series finale aired on Sunday, because the author just penned a blog post about the ending he wanted for the series and how it differs from the controversy-laden goodbye that HBO left us with.
“How will it all end? I hear people asking," Martin wrote on his blog. "The same ending as the show? Different? Well…yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes." All right, George, that really cleared up a lot… (JK.)
Martin continued by comparing the length of time HBO gave the final season (a serious pain point for many viewers) to the endless pages he has for the final novels.
"I am working in a very different medium than David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss], never forget," he wrote in reference to the HBO adaptation showrunners. "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." Thank the seven gods.
No matter the ending Martin crafts, fans will always debate it on Reddit, that much is given. "Book or show, which will be the 'real' ending?" the author asks. "It’s a silly question. How many children did Scarlett O’Hara have?" he writes, in reference to Gone with the Wind.
Recently, we thought we were getting the ending Martin wanted sooner rather than later when actor Ian McElhinney, who portrayed Barristan Selmy on the HBO show (and is still alive in the books, bee-tee-dubs), claimed the author had finished books six and seven of A Song of Ice and Fire. However, the GoT author later responded to the claim, shutting down the rumors that both books are done.
“It boggles me that anyone would believe this story, even for an instant. It makes not a whit of sense. Why would I sit for years on completed novels?” Martin wrote on his blog. “I will, however, say for the record—no, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring are not finished. Dream is not even begun; I am not going to start writing volume seven until I finish volume six. No, the books are not done. HBO did not ask me to delay them. Nor did David [Benioff] & Dan [Weiss]. There is no ‘deal’ to hold back on the books,” Martin wrote.
This would have been huge news for fans. The author penned the first five novels between 1996 and 2011, but the last two have been forthcoming for what feels like forever. The internet has been begging Martin to stop procrastinating and get back to work. But, hold your dragons, because Martin has had a ton on his plate.
The GoT author just finished a 700-page history on House Targaryen, is working on the Thrones HBO sequels, writing comic books, working on another HBO fantasy series, writing blog posts and talking about being sad that the last two books aren't done yet.
"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," Martin concludes in his blog post.
We'll take that as an order, Ser George.