George R.R. Martin Talks “Game of Thrones” Differences Between TV Show and Book Endings
We are now two episodes in to the final season of Game of Thrones, and things are about to heat up in the North as a major battle is ready to take place. With only a handful of episodes left, George R.R. Martin has been doing the media rounds to offer some insight about his book series and the show, and today he touched on the conclusion of the series on both television and the written page.
In a new interview with Rolling Stone, GRRM discussed the ending of the HBO show, and how (or if) it will tie into his conclusion in the books.
While the show has left out some big plot elements that occurred in the book (for the sake of brevity I am sure), Martin did wish there was more seasons in the show to fill in those blanks and others.
“You know, it’s complex. I’m a little sad, actually,” GRRM said. “I wish we had a few more seasons. But I understand. [showrunners] Dave [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] are gonna go on to do other things, and I’m sure some of the actors were signed up for like seven or eight years, and they would like to go on and take other roles. All of that is fair. I’m not angry or anything like that, but there’s a little wistfulness in me.”
“It’s weird, in Hollywood, this way… I mean I’ve worked on other shows, you know?” he said. “And whenever a show ends, and the longer the show lasts the harder it is. You’re really with a family.”
Martin admitted that he has yet to see the entirety of season 8 of GoT, and did not check out the scripts either, and instead let the HBO team do their thing (based on their previous meetings with each other). He was tight lipped about the actual ending of the books and the show, but did say, “I can say that when my next two books come out they’ll have to read them and then they can find out.”
The interviewer from Rolling Stone questioned GRRM if the ending of the show would surprise him, and he believes it very well could.
“Well, to a degree. I mean, I think … the major points of the ending will be things that I told them, you know, five or six years ago,” he said. “But there may also be changes, and there’ll be a lot added.”