George R.R Martin has punished Game of Thrones‘ fans by killing off many of their favourite characters so many times but he’s surprised many in saying the fantasy series could have a happy and hopeful ending – don’t take that too literally though, this is GoT we’re talking about here.
While we’re still painfully long away from Martin completing his A Song of Ice and Fire book series, he has been thinking a lot about how it will conclude.
Discussing the future of his multimedia franchise in a panel at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, the author opened up about his finale.
“I think you need to have some hope,” he explained, likely to the relief of many Game of Thronesfans around the world.
The writer continued: “We all yearn for happy endings, in a sense. Myself, I’m attracted to the bittersweet ending.”
Martin once again likened his planned ending for the book series to The Lord of the Rings, which ends with both triumph and tragedy, praising J.R.R. Tolkien for the way he chose to conclude his epic series.
“I think Tolkien did this brilliantly,” he said. Addressing criticism that it takes too long for Martin to complete his books, he explained:
“I’ve been hearing them come up behind me for years, and the question is: How can I make myself write faster?
“I think, by now, the answer is I can’t. I write at the pace I write, and what the show is doing is not going to change what the books are.
“I started writing about these characters and this world in 1991, and we didn’t have the first meetings to create the show until 2008, so I got like a 17-year head start.”
His next instalment of the book series – Winds of Winter – is expected to bow next year, although no publication date has been set.
Meanwhile, Game of Thrones‘ sixth television season is expected to start later than ever in 2016 to accommodate HBO’s winter programming.
Watch the full interview below: