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George R.R. Martin Just Addressed ‘Game Of Thrones’ Backlash And Teased His Own Ending

The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones was met with criticism, outrage, and a petition signed by at least one million fans who think they “deserve” to have the eighth season rewritten by “competent writers.”

There has yet to be a single cast or crew member on the show who agrees with them. Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) told the New York Times in an interview published Monday that “for people to just rubbish (the final season) because it’s not what they want to see is just disrespectful.”

Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark) called the petition “absurd“, Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm) called it “rude,” and Pilou Asbæk (Euron Greyjoy) simply proclaimed, “You cannot satisfy one billion people, it’s not possible.”

Now George R.R. Martin, executive producer, creator, and author of the books on which Game of Thrones is based, has issued a statement on his blog addressing the controversial series ending.

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GRRM expressed sadness and disbelief that the show was over and praised showrunners and writers David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, along with the entire cast and crew, for their hard work and dedication.

He also once again confirmed that the final installment of the book series—The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring—will eventually arrive, albeit “very late,” before giving a superbly cryptic hint at how his ending will differ from the show (…if at all?)

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GRRM also added that, obviously, his books are a vastly different medium than HBO’s eighth season of Game of Thrones, in which showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss had to cram appropriate endings for the enormous cast of characters into six episodes spanning eight hours.

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His books, meanwhile, are expected to run about 3000 pages once completed, meaning characters we are well-familiar with will have more nuanced character arcs, and characters who never made it onto the screen at all will have more built-out storylines.

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GRRM is an understandably busy man, but here’s to hoping the The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring arrive during out collective lifetimes.