Now that the dust/ash has settled on Game Of Thrones (the TV show), George R.R. Martin has put down his thoughts and thanks about the last decade of Westeros, and it’s absolutely as clear as mud on an overcast day.
On his blog, Not A Blog, ol’ Georgie Boy has noted his gratitude towards HBO, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the whole cast of the award-winning, record-smashing show, and everyone who worked behind the scenes to make his book series come to life to the small screen.
He also went on to say that the ending of the show is also a “beginning” for a lot of people who worked tirelessly on the HBO series. And as for Westeros? Apparently Game Of Thrones isn’t the last we’ve seen of that place.
I suspect that you have not seen the last of Westeros on your television sets either, but I guess that all depends on how some of these successor shows turn out.
Is he talking about the planned spin-off shows? Or something more? What’s going on. Dear God please, my heart can only take so much.
Things have not slowed down for George R.R. Martin, either, which definitely doesn’t make me worried for his health, at all, no way. He says he’s got five (5) shows in development with HBO where he’s a producer, two more at Hulu, and another at the History Channel. There are also short films that he wants to make, more feature productions he’s involved with, a video game out of Japan that he’s consulted on, and the immersive installations with Meow Wolf that he helped launch back in 2016.
And then, there are the books. Which he is STILL working on, and dear God can you please just stop everything else for a hot minute and finish off the fucking series?
And I’m writing. Winter is coming, I told you, long ago… and so it is. THE WINDS OF WINTER 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, and then will come A DREAM OF SPRING.
How will it all end? I hear people asking. The same ending as the show? Different?
Well… yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes.
What does it mean? WHAT DOES IT MEAN??
The ending is different? Is he going to actually put pen to paper and be like “lol no this is how it REALLY ends“, effectively tossing whatever the shit HBO put forward as The Ending straight into the fiery pits of hell?
What he has told us, is that although HBO smushed it all into eight hours, we’re going to be able to take many, many more hours with his version of events. Martin is expecting to put together some 3000 manuscript pages for both The Winds Of Winter and A Dream Of Spring, where he plans to explore more into the butterfly effect that actions in the earlier books have, introduce and go into more depth on characters that we didn’t even meet or learn much about in the TV show, and…unicorns? Uhhh, ok.
There are characters who never made it onto the screen at all, and others who died in the show but still live in the books… so if nothing else, the readers will learn what happened to Jeyne Poole, Lady Stoneheart, Penny and her pig, Skahaz Shavepate, Arianne Martell, Darkstar, Victarion Greyjoy, Ser Garlan the Gallant, Aegon VI, and a myriad of other characters both great and small that viewers of the show never had the chance to meet.
When it comes to The Real Ending, he simply scoffs and asks “How many children did Scarlett O’Hara have?” (the answer is four, right?) He then says that he’ll write it so we can read about it and then argue about it on the Internet.
Oooooh, George, I’m shaking my fist at the sky right now, you cunning bastard.
If anything’s to be learned from this brain dump on his not-blog, it’s that George R.R. Martin has undeniably gone full galaxy brain on this one and reached some kand of weird Westeros nirvana.Image: Getty Images / Christopher Polk / NBC