George RR Martin likes playing with his audiences whenever it comes to the ending in Game of Thrones. Martin is widely known for being a surprising writer, with dozens of characters’ life on the edge and interesting plotlines, but when it comes to how Game of Thrones will end, Martin is not the spoiler type. He is going to keep his secrets to the end and if you want to see how it all ends, you pretty much need to wait and read the books.
But the main reason why George RR Martin likes playing with his audiences, who either read or watch the show, is that he likes dropping these teasers that make your mind run around for hours and you just can’t figure it out. And they are not given in some specific contexts in which you can go “Ha! So that’s it!” No, they are dropped around randomly and you have to think about whether they are teasers or not. Then you start going berserk about what he meant.
Martin decided to give this “ending spoiler” after he had talked about his exceptionally slow writing style during a discussion at the Northwestern Medill School of Journalism. Martin is widely known for taking his time about the Game of Thrones series and you cannot blame him, really. It is one of the best series ever written and it has achieved this goal through a lot of time invested in it.
Martin first started these books 17 years ago, when he did not even think about striking a deal with HBO. But it is interesting to know that he never expected his books to catch up with the TV series. He had this whole slow writing pace planned for a very long time. Something happened along the way since he started out by wanting to accomplish everything by the end of 1998. Luckily, he is still writing for us today.
He also mentioned that the show’s existence does not change his style too much, except for the fact that it is a lot more stressful to write under these circumstances. Writing for a dedicated fan base feel one way and writing for the entire world feels another and while he takes joy in the fact that his story is now one of the greatest to have ever been written, there are also some consequences that he has to face.
After having lingered over the subject of how slowly he writes, Martin dropped the spoiler: “You can’t just fulfil a quest and then pretend life is perfect. Life doesn’t work that way.” What this means, we do not know and this is where your imagination starts flowing and wonder what he was talking about. Maybe you can figure it out because everything we can do is speculate.
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