May 19, 2019 ended the eighth season of game of Thrones. A series with undeniable popularity but whose end has divided. Strong criticism that knocks down the soufflé, until now presented as an authentic exquisite dish. And in the face of these criticisms, George RR Martin may well have found the solution: walk away from the series.
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Before being a series with an undeniable success, game of Thrones is a series of fantasy novels known as the Iron Throne in our house. And although, since its debut in 1996, five volumes have appeared, the most recent of which A dance with dragonsIt was released in 2011, fans are now waiting for the sequel. Two volumes are still missing: the winter winds Y a spring dream. The writing of the sixth is more or less in full swing, with a Jorge R.R. Martin which explains why the writing progresses on the one hand and the launch intends to be close, while the diverse and varied projects multiply on the other.
George RR Martin regularly expresses himself through his blog, humorously dubbed “Not a blog”, through which he communicates the progress of his novel and his current projects, but also current news. The last post dates from July 8 and is titled “a winter garden“, hinting at new information for the sixth volume of its flagship series. The American novelist did not disappoint, with clear information that announces an interesting twist for the end of the Iron Throne.
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 could 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 many demons in the details, and sometimes the ground changes under my feet as the words flow.
An appetizer quickly confirmed by the novelist: “However, what I have noticed more and more recently is that my gardening is taking me further and further away from the TV series. 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.”
changes between the series and the books
Please note that the events that occurred in the series will not be found in the books:
And really, when you think about it, it was inevitable. The novels are much larger and much more complex than the series. Some things that happened on HBO won’t happen in the books. And vice versa. I have point of view characters in the books that have never been seen in the series: Victarion Greyjoy, Arianne Martell, Areo Hotah, Jon Connington, Aeron Damphair. They will all have chapters, and what they do and say will impact the story and the main characters of the series. I have legions of supporting characters, who won’t share his views on the story but are nonetheless important to the plot, and who also appear in the story: Lady Stoneheart, young Griff, the prince in pieces, Penny, Brown Ben Plumm, the Shaved One, Marwyn the Wizard, Darkstar, Jeyne Westerling. Some characters you’ve seen on the show are quite different from the versions in the novels. Yarra Greyjoy is not Asha Greyjoy, and HBO’s Euron Greyjoy is very, very, very, very different from me. Quaithe still has a role to play. Just like Rickon Stark. And poor Jeyne Poole. And… well, the list goes on. (And that’s all part of why WINDS is taking so long. It’s hard, guys.)
The novelist also takes the opportunity to reveal that new characters will make their appearance, while letting shine the deaths of some of the series’ survivors.
Oh, and there will also be new characters. There are no new points of view, I promise, but with all the travel, battles, and storylines to come, it’s inevitable that our main cast will meet new people in lands near and far.
One thing I can say, in general enough terms not to spoil anything: all the characters that survived until the end of GAME OF THRONES will not survive until the end of A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, and all the characters that died in GAME OF THRONES will not die in A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE. (Some will, sure. Sure. Maybe most. But definitely not all) ((Of course, I might still change my mind next week, in the next chapter I write. gardening)).
A different END of the series?
Of course, the question George RR Martin should get the most concerns the ending of his novels. After the end of the series, seen on HBO in 2019, which he is far from having convinced all viewers, fans wonder if the one in the novels will be different. And according to George RR Martin, the last two volumes of the saga will be worth their weight in gold:
And the end? You’ll have to wait for me to get there. Some things will be the same. Many will not.
Many differences between the end of the novels and the end of the series, enough to make fans want to know more. You just have to be patient the winter winds no release date yet. As to a spring dreamdifficult to see even the beginnings, since the novelist has been left behind in the saga.