Game Of Thrones Season 8 Is A Mystery, Even To George RR Martin

Game of Thrones Season 8 premieres on April 14.

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With the final season of Game of Thrones ready to premiere on HBO, fans are dying to know how the epic series will come to an end. If they're expecting to find out from George RR Martin, author of the A Song of Fire and Ice novels, though, they're out of luck.

"I haven't read the [final-season] scripts and haven’t been able to visit the set because I've been working on [The Winds of Winter]," he told Entertainment Weekly. "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."

As for the show ending as a whole, Martin explained that he has "mixed feelings about that." While the adaptation of his novels has become one of the biggest TV shows of all time, the screen version of the story has gone further than the events of the novels. "Obviously, I wished I finished these books sooner so the show hadn't gotten ahead of me," he said. "I never anticipated that."

That said, though, Game of Thrones isn't necessarily ending. As Martin explained, "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." In addition to The Winds of Winter, a seventh novel--A Promise of Spring--was previously announced. Beyond that, there's also a prequel in the works.

And if you're worried that the final season will spoil how the books will end, that shouldn't be much of a concern. "Now that the show is ahead of the books, it seems the show could ruin the books for people," co-showrunner David Benioff said. "So one thing we've talked to George about is that we're not going to tell people what the differences are, so when those books come out people can experience them fresh,"

The final season of Game of Thrones premieres Sunday, April 14 on HBO. Make sure to check out the trailer for the new season and our deep dive breakdown into all of the secrets it holds.

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So this season is guaranteed to be a lot of action with cringy dialog.

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"Obviously, I wished I finished these books sooner so the show hadn't gotten ahead of me," he said. "I never anticipated that."

Yeah who anticipated that 9 years wouldn't be enough time to finish one book?

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I have seen all seasons so far, and only on to reading up to 54% of the 2nd book, and I must say, both are quite different experiences.

I am sure I will still enjoy the books long after seeing the series--even if I can predict most events.

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@DeadManRollin: Take your time, he's only written up to book 5 at the moment and no one has any clue as to when book 6 will finally be released. Lots of people of people aren't even sure that he'll be able to finish writing book 7 before he dies since he writes at a notoriously glacial pace and it doesn't help that he also spends a lot of time writing all sort of side stories, prequels, and coffee table books set in the Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire universe. So take your time and hopefully word of book 7 will be out by the time you get to book 6.

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@cpl_phil: Yeah man, thanks for the inspiration. I do want to get done with the series as soon as possible :-)

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The only mystery is how many more books Martin can get through before he kicks the bucket.

At the glacial pace that he writes, and the fact that he looks like a walking heart attack, I'd guess we get one more book out of him.

He should just send his outline to Brandon Sanderson to wrap it up for him, once he goes the way of Robert Jordan.

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I thought it was called "A Dream of Spring" ? I prefer Dream to Promise.

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It will be interesting if Martin can separate the way HBO finishes the story versus how he finishes the books (assuming he does). I know he shared his plans for the end with HBO, but I want to see if the show's execution effects Martin's plans.