George R.R. Miller talks about his long-awaited book The Winds of Winter, which continues the epic A Song of Ice and Fire story. In a recent blog post, the author said about the ending of his story will be a lot different than the ending of the Game of Thrones series.
“What I have noticed more and more of late, however, is my gardening is taking me further and further away from the television series. Yes, some of the things you saw on HBO in Game of Thrones you will also see in The Winds of Winter (though maybe not in quite the same ways)… but much of the rest will be quite different.”
Martin went on to say that while there are certain resemblances between the novel and TV series, such as the greater set-pieces in both finales, everything else will likely end up being different due to how much more can be added in the book.:
“And really, when you think about it, this was inevitable. The novels are much bigger and much much more complex than the series. Certain things that happened on HBO will not happen in the books. And vice versa. I have viewpoint characters in the books never seen on the show: Victarion Greyjoy, Arianne Martell, Areo Hotah, Jon Connington, Aeron Damphair. They will all have chapters, and the things they do and say will impact the story and the major characters who were on the show.”
Martin then teased the ending of Game of Thrones saying that it would be different from how the A Song of Ice and Fire series ends:
“One thing I can say, in general enough terms that I will not be spoiling anything: not all of the characters who survived until the end of Game of Thrones will survive until the end of A Song of Ice & Fire, and not all of the characters who died on Game of Thrones will die in A Song of Ice & Fire. Some will, sure. Of course. Maybe most. But definitely not all. Of course, I could change my mind again next week, with the next chapter I write. That’s gardening.
“And the ending? You will need to wait until I get there. Some things will be the same. A lot will not.”