George R.R. Martin Isn't Planning a Happy Ending for A Song of Ice and Fire

So if you love Game Of Thrones there is some rather concerning news coming..

George R.R. Martin is still working on The Winds of Winter, the long-delayed sixth book in A Song of Ice and Fire, but in the meantime, he’s here to offer tantalizing bits of information about the general themes.

As you might expect from the man who has killed off basically everyone you ever loved (R.I.P. Robb Stark, you beautiful ineffective leader), the staying alive forecast is not looking great. “It is called The Winds of Winter, and I’ve been telling you for 20 years that winter was coming,” George said during a Q&A at the Guadalajara International Book Fair.

“Winter is the time when things die, and cold and ice and darkness fill the world, so this is not going to be the happy feel-good that people may be hoping for. Some of the characters [are] in very dark places.”

Serious question, though: If you’ve already read the several thousand pages in the first five books, how are you still hoping for a happy ending? You should have put that behind you, say, the first time a beloved main character got beheaded.

George also addressed the end of the series, which will supposedly come with book seven, A Dream of Spring. “In any story, the classic structure is, ‘Things get worse before they get better,’ so things are getting worse for a lot of people,” he said.

“I’m not going to tell you how I’m going to end my book, but I suspect the overall flavor is going to be as much bittersweet as it is happy.” So not happy, then, but again, to be expected. When he says valar morghulis, he means it.


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