Not sure if you've heard, but "Game of Thrones" ended its run on HBO this past Sunday. But while the television series is over, George R.R. Martin's books are not.
The author still has two more installments to go and has been working on the long-delayed "The Winds of Winter" for over eight years. The show's creators, David Benioff and D.B Weiss, had to chart their own course in the final two seasons, though they have repeatedly said that Martin had revealed key plot points to them.
Now that the show is over, fans have an ending. But is it Martin's ending, too? The author addressed that question in a new blog post.
“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,” he wrote.
Martin added, "Book or show, which will be the 'real' ending? It’s a silly question. How many children did Scarlett O’Hara have?"
He also commemorated the show's cast and crew and praised Benioff and Weiss for shepherding his "A Song of Ice and Fire" saga to the screen. He also reminded viewers that there are many differences between the books and the show.
"I am working in a very different medium than David and Dan, never forget. They had six hours for this final season. I expect these last two books of mine will fill 3000 manuscript pages between them before I’m done… and if more pages and chapters and scenes are needed, I’ll add them."
As for book six, "The Winds of Winter," well, he's still working on it.
It "is very late, I know, I know, but it will be done,” Martin wrote. “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.'” So there you have it. Sort of."