George R.R. Martin Confirms He Is Giving ‘Game of Thrones’ Fans What They Always Wanted — a Different Ending

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George R. R. Martin insists that he is still working on Winds of Winter. Fans have been waiting for the sixth book in his A Song of Ice and Fire series for over a decade. And they expected the book to be finished before the final seasons of Game of Thrones. But as the whole world knows, that’s not what happened.

Now, Martin says that the story is changing as he writes. This means that Game of Thrones fans will get something they’ve always wanted — a different ending.

George R.R. Martin tips his cap as he attends HBO's
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George R. R. Martin gave ‘Game of Thrones’ showrunners an outline for the final seasons

For years, Martin has promised fans that the next installment in his seven-book fantasy novel series was on the way. But they’re still waiting for book six, The Winds of Winter, and book seven, A Dream of Spring.

The author confessed to PBS in Chicago last year that he never thought the TV series would catch up with him — much less pass him — because he had a “five-book head start.” But when it became apparent that would happen, Martin met with showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

“An architect would be able to give a short, concise, simple answer to that, but I am much more of a gardener. My stories grow and evolve and change as I write them,” Martin wrote.

“I generally know where I am going, sure… the final destinations, the big set pieces, they have been in my head for years…for decades, in the case of A Song of Ice and Fire. There are lots of devils in the details, though, and sometimes the ground changes under my feet as the words pour forth.”

George R. R. Martin’s final books in ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ will stray from ‘Game of Thrones’

The author continued, explaining that he knows his final two books will not be the same as the final seasons of Game of Thrones. He refused to give any details about Winds of Winter, but he insisted “I am working on it, I have been working on it, I will continue to work on it.”

“What I have noticed more and more of late…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.”