Although Game of Thrones will soon start broadcasting its final season, creator George R.R. Martin still has two books remaining in his A Song of Ice and Fire series. However, Martin has now revealed that the ending won't be too different from what fans see on the HBO show, though there might be a few changes in regards to secondary characters.
“I don’t think Dan and Dave’s ending is gonna be that different from my ending because of the conversations we did have," Martin told 60 Minutes. "But on certain secondary characters there may be big differences.”
"We’re talking here about several days of story conferences taking place in my home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. But there’s no way to get in all the detail, all the minor characters, all the secondary characters. The series has been extremely faithful compared to 97% of all television and movie adaptations of literary properties. But it’s not completely faithful. And it can’t be. Otherwise, it would have to run another five seasons."
Martin then went on to explain that there will likely be an argument over whether the ending for the books or show is superior, which he's totally fine with, saying, "You know, the worst thing for any work of art, be it a movie or a book, is to be ignored."
Martin's statement makes quite a bit of sense, especially for fans of the book. The show has often had to combine or remove characters altogether, and the adaptation has been quite loose in places. However, this also makes clear that the fates of the show's main characters won't really be that much different than the books.
Season 8 of Game of Thrones premieres April 14. The HBO drama stars Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, Maisie Williams as Arya Stark and Kit Harington as Jon Snow.