George R.R. Martin has said that the ending of HBO‘s Game Of Thrones won’t influence the future direction of his books, which is probably for the best, all things considered.

The 70-year-old writer, who I just found out is from New Jersey (like, what the fuck, how is he from the same state as Teresa Giudice?), has two novels left in his epic fantasy series.

When asked by The Observer if the ending of the Thrones TV series changes his approach to the remaining books in A Song Of Ice And Fire, he said:

“No, it doesn’t. It doesn’t change anything at all. You can’t please everybody, so you’ve got to please yourself.”

Several years ago, Martin discussed his planned Thrones ending with showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, but it’s unknown how much of that made it into the series.

Their version saw a suddenly-evil Danenerys Targaryen dispatched by Jon Snow after Cersei Lannister was squished by a pile of rubble, leaving Bran Stark to run the show.

This ending drew criticism, with many saying it felt rushed and did a disservice to long-established characters. When asked how he felt, Martin simply said: “I took myself out of all that.”

As for how the books will end, if he ever actually finishes them, Martin was coy. “Some of [the theories] are right and some of [the theories] are wrong,” he said. “They’ll find out when I finish.”

Source: Variety
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