One of the biggest concerns for fans of Game of Thrones and the book series from which it’s adapted, A Song of Ice and Fire, is whether or not author George R. R. Martin will complete the series before the show catches up. Currently, Martin has only completed five of the seven projected novels - A Dance with Dragons was released in 2011 - though that number could increase to eight. Martin has said that he knows where the series is heading, and has shared the broad strokes of what will happen with showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss, but that he doesn’t know the exact future of the minor characters.
In terms of the ending though, plenty of fans have speculated and constructed well-thought out theories as to how Martin will wrap up the series. At the Edinburgh International Literary Festival this week, the author confirmed that at least some fans have already guessed the ending correctly.
The AV Club reported that Martin told the crowd of festival attendees that he stopped reading message boards dedicated to his book series after he discovered some fans had sussed out the ending he had planned for the novels all along, even though the clues he left were “subtle and obscure.” After learning that some readers had figured out the ending, Martin said he struggled with whether or not he should change his plans, but eventually decided against it.
Read Martin’s full quote:
“So many readers were reading the books with so much attention that they were throwing up some theories and while some of those theories were amusing bullshit and creative, some of the theories are right. At least one or two readers had put together the extremely subtle and obscure clues that I’d planted in the books and came to the right solution.
"So what do I do then? Do I change it? I wrestled with that issue and I came to the conclusion that changing it would be a disaster, because the clues were there. You can’t do that, so I’m just going to go ahead. Some of my readers who don’t read the boards - which thankfully there are hundreds of thousands of them - will still be surprised and other readers will say: ‘See, I said that four years ago, I’m smarter than you guys’.”
Although the finale of Game of Thrones is still years away, it will likely be a television phenomenon, if the ratings of season 4 are any indication. The only comparable event in recent TV history is the finale of How I Met Your Mother, which offered a twist that many fans had predicted. However, the ending to the show became highly contentious among viewers that had stuck with the story for all 10 seasons.
Although the creators of How I Met Your Mother had planned the ending of the series since very early on, there was still a backlash from fans. Whether Game of Thrones will see a similar backlash - or if fans will react more kindly as Martin suspects - is difficult to predict. For now, fans can focus their speculation on which of their theories is correct.
Game of Thrones returns to HBO in Spring 2015.
Source: The AV Club