'They had six hours' - George RR Martin will right the wrongs of Game of Thrones' TV ending
George RR Martin has addressed the thorny issue of HBO's Game of Thrones' ending.
While the first five seasons of the hit fantasy epic were closely based on Martin's 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series, the final three seasons saw the action depart from the source material as it began to outrun the novels.
Showrunners DB Weiss and Daniel Benioff have come under fire for the last season in particular, which featured just six episodes, and which many fans believe was 'rushed', doing a disservice to the complex plot and character arcs.
However, Martin has yet to complete the final two novels in the series, 'The Winds of Winter and 'A Dream of Spring' and for those who feel cheated by the somewhat truncated TV ending, they offer a chance for characters and plot to fully realise their potential.
Addresssing the ending of the TV series on his website, he has dismissed as "silly' the argument over which ending - screen or novel - will be the definitive one.
"Book or show, which will be the 'real' ending? It's a silly question. How many children did Scarlett O'Hara have?" he wrote, referencing Gone with the Wind.
"How about this? I'll write it. You read it. Then everyone can make up their own mind, and argue about it on the internet."
Commenting on speculation about how the ending of the TV show will compare to those crafted by Martin in his books, he outlined how they will be inherently different.
"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.
"I am working in a very different medium than [Benioff and Weiss], never forget. 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."
Meanwhile, work is already underway for one of five planned spin-off shows, which is a prequel under the working title 'Bloodmoon'.
The show - which has begun filming and features Naomi Scott in the leading role - is set more than five thousand years before the events of the main series, and will follow the story of the Children Of The Forest.
'Bloodmoon' has promised to reveal the "horrifying secrets of Westeros' history to the true origin of the White Walkers".
Writer and producer Jane Goldman is at the helm.