George R.R. Martin was present at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism recently where he received Hall of Achievement alumni award and was also part of a sold-out discussion where he revealed that Game of Thrones/ASOIAF will have a bittersweet ending.
“I think you need to have some hope (referencing to the end). We all yearn for happy endings in a sense. Myself, I’m attracted to the bittersweet ending. People ask me how Game of Thrones is gonna end, and I’m not gonna tell them … but I always say to expect something bittersweet in the end, like [Lord of The Rings]. I think Tolkien did this brilliantly. I didn’t understand that when I was a kid — when I read Return of the King. His use of allegory to reveal life’s grittier truths (post-war Britain in late 1940s/early 1950s), even in the face of a well-earned victory is brilliant. You can’t just fulfill a quest and then pretend life is perfect. Life doesn’t work that way.”
Martin also revealed that he never thought that show would surpass the books but he isn’t too concerned.
“I’ve been hearing them come up behind me for years, and the question is, How can I make myself write faster? I think, by now, the answer is, I can’t. I write at the pace I write, and what the show is doing is not going to change what the books are. I started writing about these characters and this world in 1991, and we didn’t have the first meetings to create the show until 2008, so I got like a 17-year head start!