There’s really no debate: fans did not love the ending of HBO’s hit fantasy drama Game of Thrones. Now, fans are learning that the author behind the books the series is based on, George R.R. Martin, saw the ending disaster coming – and begged HBO to extend the series. Read on to find out more…
George R.R. Martin’s True Vision
Thanks to a recent interview, it has become pretty clear that the man behind Game of Thrones, author George R.R. Martin, knew fans would be unhappy with the show’s ending. So, he tried to do something about it. According to a new book, “Tinderbox: HBO’s Ruthless Pursuit of New Frontiers by journalist James Andrew Miller, HBO initially promised they would make his book series into a ten-season, 100 episode epic. However, that did not happen. For his book, Miller talked not only with Martin but also Martin’s agent, Paul Haas, and Richard Plepler, HBO’s former CEO, who all explained precisely what happened.
“George would fly to New York to have lunch with Plepler, to beg him to do ten seasons of ten episodes because there was enough material for it, and to tell him it would be a more satisfying and more entertaining experience,” Haas told Miller. Unfortunately for Martin, the showrunners of Game of Thrones, David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, just wanted the show to end.
“Dan and Dave were tired, rightfully so,” Haas said in Miller’s book. “They were done, and wanted to move on, so they cut it short and then negotiations became, how many seasons can we stretch this out? Because of course HBO wanted more. George loves Dan and Dave, but after season five, he did start to worry about the path they were going because George knows where the story goes. He started saying, ‘You’re not following my template.'”
Of course, how the show ended will undoubtedly impact the end of Martin’s book series, which he is currently in the process of finishing…
Game Of Thrones Has Another Ending
In a recent interview, HBO & HBO Max Content Chief Casey Bloys said he understood the fans’ criticism of the show’s ending. However, at the same time, he feels that HBO correctly “executed the vision” of Game of Thrones’ ending. “If there had been another episode or two, of course, that would have been helpful,” Bloys said. “I would have taken two more seasons! But I do believe if you look at the totality of her arc over the series, as opposed to the final episodes, her turn was more than earned, and was planned.”
So, will HBO’s show impact Martin’s book? You bet! As a writer, he wants to give fans more context for the events that happened, as well as a better sense of timing. “But that might be just because I’m still trying to end it in these books here,” he said. For several years, Martin has been writing The Winds of Winter,” the next book in the series. “I’m working on The Winds of Winter even now as I have been for the best part of a decade,” he explained. “And hopefully, I’m going to get to that end soon, and then people can argue about which ending they like better.” Sounds like a great plan!
Meanwhile, HBO has other plans for the Game of Thrones universe. After all, they just released the trailer for the new Game of Thrones prequel. Will it live up to the hype? Only time will tell! Until then, fans will need to feel content with the books and reruns.