Carolyne Larrington, a medieval scholar at Oxford University and the author of A Song of Ice & Fire guide book- Winter is Coming: The Medieval World of Game of Thrones, recently sat down with SMH and revealed her predictions on how Game of Thrones might end. She thinks there can be two possible endings:
“One will be kind of like the end of Lord of the Rings. The right person ascends the throne – probably Jon marrying Daenerys – and that is going to usher in a period of happily ever after. We’ll have a new dynasty and everything will be fine. But that’s not going to make much difference to the slaves in Essos, or the ordinary people in King’s Landing. And somehow they’ve got to work out how to handle the White Walkers.”
And the second one? Larrington thinks that White Walkers may end up killing everyone and taking over the entire continent of Westeros:
“There could just be a massive apocalypse, and the White Walkers march over everything. That might depend on HBO’s budget for really big battles. It might also depend on George R.R. Martin having the courage of his convictions.”
She also spoke about J.R.R. Tolkien’s influence of Martin and how he doesn’t agree with everything Tolkien did with The Lord of the Rings:
“Martin could have something up his sleeve, because he’s been a bit sniffy about Tolkien’s ending. It’s all very well to say Aragorn is king and he’s wise and just and he ruled for 100 years – but what was his tax policy, did he have a standing army, how did he rule? Tolkien doesn’t tell us any of that. I’m really interested to see what Martin is going to make by way of an ending, if indeed he lives that long.”
And if she has to choose between the two endings?
“I don’t think it’s going to go for the apocalyptic ending.”