Obviously, we knew the end was coming for Game of Thrones, but the newly-released Season 8 trailer really, truly drove that home for us yesterday. Now George R.R. Martin is weighing in on the worldwide phenomenon based on his novels coming to an end, and perhaps unsurprisingly, he has “mixed feelings.”
“It’s been an incredible ride,” Martin told EW’s James Hibberd in a recent interview. “And almost all of it has been great. Obviously, I wished I finished these books sooner so the show hadn’t gotten ahead of me. I never anticipated that.”
Martin also revealed to Hibberd that he’s as much in the dark about how the series ends as the viewers are.
“I haven’t read the [final-season] scripts and haven’t been able to visit the set because I’ve been working on Winds,” he said, referring to The Winds of Winter, the long-awaited sixth book in the Song of Ice and Fire series. “I know some of the things. But there’s a lot of minor-character [arcs] they’ll be coming up with on their own. And, of course, they passed me several years ago. There may be important discrepancies.”
That Martin is so focused on completing Winds is good news for those of us chomping at the bit for the next book. He seems to feel the importance of continuing the overall story, even as the small-screen version is drawing to a close.
“It’s the end for a lot of people,” Martin said. “It’s not the end for me. I’m still deeply in it. I better live a long time because I have a lot of work left to do.”