On May 19, 2019, the eighth season of game of Thrones. A series with undeniable popularity but whose end has divided. Strong criticisms that make the soufflé collapse, so far presented as a real exquisite dish. And in the face of these criticisms, George RR Martin may have found the solution: move away from the series.

a teaser by george rr martin

Before being an undeniably successful series, game of Thrones is a series of fantasy novels known as the Game of Thrones with us. And while, since its debut in 1996, five volumes have appeared, the most recent of which A dance with dragons, was released in 2011, fans are now waiting for the sequel. Two volumes are still missing: the winds of winter And A spring dream. The writing of the sixth is more or less in full swing, with a George RR Martin explaining that the writing is progressing on one side and that the release is destined to be close, while on the other the various and varied projects are multiplying.

Regularly, George RR Martin expresses himself through his blog, humorously baptized “Not a blog”, through which he communicates on the progress of his novel and his ongoing projects, but also on the news of the moment. The last post dates back to 8 July and is entitled “A winter garden“, Suggesting new information for the sixth volume of its flagship series. The American novelist did not disappoint, with crisp information heralding an interesting turn for the end of Game of Thrones.

Another question I am often asked, 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 … decades, in the case of A SONG OF ICE & FUOCO. But there are a lot of devils in the details, and sometimes the ground changes beneath my feet as the words flow.

An appetizer immediately confirmed by the novelist: “What I have noticed more and more recently, however, 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 will 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

Note that the events that happened in the series will not be found in the books:

And really, come to think of 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 viceversa. 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 secondary characters, who will not share their views on the story but are still important to the plot, and who also appear in the story: Lady Stoneheart, the young Griff, the prince in Shreds, Penny, Brown Ben Plumm, the Shavepate, 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 mine. Quaithe still has a role to play. Just like Rickon Stark. And poor Jeyne Poole. And … well, the list goes on. (And all of this is part of why WINDS is taking so long. It’s hard, guys).

The novelist also takes the opportunity to reveal it new characters they will make their appearance, letting you shine the death of some of the survivors of the series.

Oh, and there will be new characters too. No new point 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 characters that survived until the end of GAME OF THRONES will not survive until 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) ((Sure, I may 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 must receive the most is about the end of his novels. After the end of the series, observed on HBO in 2019, which is far from convincing all viewers, fans are wondering if that of 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:

It’s the end? You’ll have to wait for me to get there. Some things will be the same. Many will not.

There are so many differences between the ending of the novels and that of the series, so much so as to give fans the desire to learn more. Only, you’ll have to be patient, the winds of winter no release date yet. As for A spring dreamdifficult to see even the beginnings, since the novelist has lagged behind the saga.

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