news culture Game of Thrones: the author of the books promises a different end to that of the series
If the outcome of the Game of Thrones series has been controversial, the author of the original books does not necessarily intend to follow the same path. In a long article published on his site, George RR Martin gave astonishing indications of what the final volumes of Game of Thrones have in store for us.
George RR Martin is definitely putting on the patience of fans of Game Of Thrones strained. The author has been writing the final volumes of the Iron Throne saga for more than a decade now: The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring. But, as he recalls in a long article published on his own site, George RR Martin considers that there are two types of writers, architects and gardeners, and that he clearly belongs to the second category. Understand that the end point of its history is still far from being definitively established and some major upheavals are to be expected compared to the HBO series.
Another question I get asked often, especially since GAME OF THRONES ended on HBO, is whether A SONG OF ICE & FIRE, will end the same way. An “architect” would be able to give a short, concise and simple answer to this question, but I am much more of a “gardener”. My stories grow, evolve and change as I write them. I usually know where I’m going, of course…the final destinations, the big pieces of the puzzle, I’ve had them in my head for years…for decades, in the case of A SONG OF ICE & FIRE. But there are a lot of devils in the details, and sometimes the ground shifts under my feet as the words come out. – George RR Martin
The author wishes to point out to what extent the works go much further in complexity in terms of dealing with the different characters.
What I’ve noticed more and more lately, though, is that my job is taking me further and further away from TV shows. Yes, some of the things you saw on HBO in GAME OF THRONES, you’ll also see in THE WINDS OF WINTER (but maybe not in the same way)… but the rest will be very different. And really, when you think about it, it was inevitable. The novels are much longer and much more complex than the series. Some things that happened on HBO won’t happen in the books. And vice versa. – George RR Martin
George RR Martin wanted to warn fans of the series: some characters who had survived in Game of Thrones may die in the final volumes of the saga. And conversely: those who had disappeared could well be present until the end…
One thing I can say, in general enough terms to spoil nothing: not all characters who survived to the end of GAME OF THRONES will survive to the end of A SONG OF ICE & FIRE, and all characters who died in GAME OF THRONES will not die in A SONG OF ICE & FIRE. (Some will, sure. Sure. Maybe most. But definitely not all) (Of course, I might change my mind again next week, with the next chapter I write. gardening). And the end? You’ll have to wait for me to get there. Some things will be the same. Many will not. There’s no doubt that once I’m done, there will be a big debate about which version of the story is better. Some people will like my book, others will prefer the TV series. And that’s fine, you pay your money and you make your choice. – George RR Martin
The fate of your favorite protagonists is therefore more than ever in the hands of the author of the saga who, better than anyone, is aware of the heavy responsibility that weighs on his shoulders. The reactions will probably be as epidermal and visceral as when the series ended. but let’s never forget that a work belongs above all to its creator and that his choices, whatever they may be, can be debated but always deserve to be respected.