Be warned: spoilers abound for the series finale of Game of Thrones.
Last night, Game of Thrones finally came to an end. The sprawling political drama and fantasy show reached a surprising conclusion as Bran "the Broken" claimed the title of protector of the Six Kingdoms — minus the now independent North.
Fans were bound to be disappointed no matter the final resolution, but this version of an ending, in which the folkloric heroine turned murderous tyrant Daenerys Targaryen dies at the hand of Jon Snow, has infuriated most viewers.
Almost one and a half million people have signed a petition demanding that more "competent" writers remake the final season as a result. Though HBO has already greenlit multiple spin-off projects, fans are left wanting more from the ground-breakingly subversive series.
Thankfully, George R.R. Martin, the creator of the Game of Thrones universe, has yet to finish the Song of Ice and Fire novels that inspired the HBO series. Today, after the conclusion of the television show, Martin is beginning to hint at a different conclusion to his books.
Taking to his personal blog to express his gratitude to the cast, crew, and writers, Martin vowed to take a different approach to the story end. Though he explained that the show and novel series are distinct entities and that to claim that one represents the "'real' ending" is "silly," he admits that he "[hears] people asking" whether the book ending will be at all similar to Dan Weiss and David Benioff's resolution for HBO.
"Well… yes. And no.And yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes." he answers.
"[Weiss and Benioff] had six hours for this final season. I expect these last two books of mine will fill 3,000 manuscript pages between them before I’m done… and if more pages and chapters and scenes are needed, I’ll add them."
"How about this?" he concludes, "I’ll write it. You read it. Then everyone can make up their own mind, and argue about it on the internet."
Martin promises that his ending will differ from that of the show just by virtue of his different medium and attention to the details and characters that did not make it onto the show storyline.
Whether Martin's books will follow Weiss and Benioff's broad plot arcs, leading finally to Daenerys' death and Jon's retreat north of the Wall, remains to be seen.
A Song of Ice and Fire fans shouldn't hold their breaths, however. Martin is coy when it comes to his deadlines. His next book "is very late, I know, I know, but it will be done. I won’t say when, I’ve tried that before, only to burn you all and jinx myself… but I will finish it."
Much is still to come from the Game of Thrones universe. Stay tuned.