George R. R. Martin reacts to ‘Game of Thrones’ finale, hints how his books will end

George R.R. Martin in 2012.
George R.R. Martin in 2012.Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP/The Canadian Press via AP

NEW YORK — What’s next for ‘‘Game of Thrones?’’

The author whose work was adapted into the HBO series that drew a record-setting numbers of viewers for Sunday’s finale said in a posting on his website Monday that it’s ‘‘been a wild ride.’’ George RR Martin wrote that the TV finale ‘‘was an ending, but it was also a beginning.’’

The 70-year-old said he’s working on his next book installment, ‘‘The Winds of Winter,’’ adding that he knows it’s late ‘‘but it will be done.’’ — although he’s not saying when.

“I won’t say when, I’ve tried that before, only to burn you all and jinx myself… but I will finish it,” he wrote. He said ‘‘A Dream of Spring’’ will follow.


Martin said he hears people asking if his books will have the same ending as the show: “How will it all end? I hear people asking. The same ending as the show? Different?

“Well… yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes,” he wrote.

Martin said he is working “in a very different medium” than the show: “They had six hours for this final season. I expect these last two books of mine will fill 3000 manuscript pages between them before I’m done… and if more pages and chapters and scenes are needed, I’ll add them.”

Martin also said that there are characters in the books who never made it to the TV show, and he plans to address their fates.

“If nothing else, the readers will learn what happened to Jeyne Poole, Lady Stoneheart, Penny and her pig, Skahaz Shavepate, Arianne Martell, Darkstar, Victarion Greyjoy, Ser Garlan the Gallant, Aegon VI, and a myriad of other characters both great and small that viewers of the show never had the chance to meet. And yes, there will be unicorns… of a sort…” he wrote.


Martin writes he’ll write his ending, people can read it, and then everyone can ‘‘argue about it on the internet.’’