Martin reiterated that he felt Game of Thrones will end similarly to A Song of Ice and Fire, with numerous differences coming down to differences between mediums, particularly the novel form's ability to play out dozens of secondary character arcs without the limited runtime of TV. The fifth entry in Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice series, A Dance with Dragons, launched in 2011 - the very same year Thrones premiered. "But there may be - on certain secondary characters, there may be big differences".
Despite the fact that the show and books will pretty much have the same ending, Martin strongly believes that there will still be some discourse (and maybe even some in-fighting) among fans.
Martin never thought the show would catch up to his books, but he hit a snag writing The Winds of Winter, the sixth out of seven planned books in the series.
Of course, the showrunners can't include all the nuances of Martin's novels, hit every single tiny beat, or cover the sundry side stories sprinkled throughout the books, but their conclusion will match nicely with Martin's - and that's due in large part to the lengthy conversations the trio had ahead of season 8. "I think a lot of people who say, 'Oh, Dan and Dave's ending is better than the one George gave us".
Meanwhile, earlier in the day yesterday, reports about how Kit Harrington got emotional post the filming of the last day of shoot have been doing the rounds and we are now wondering what will all the GOT fans do on watching the season finale! There will be a debate, I'm sure. Is that Stan Lee's Spider-Man from the comic books?
Starting with the way we watch it: few would have imagined that they would end up watching the final season on their smartphones or tablets, via DStv Now or Showmax. "The worst thing for any work of art, be it movie or art, is to be ignored." . Things are resolved differently.
The video above was edited by Will Croxton.