Game of Thrones fans anxious to find out how the show will end should take comfort from the fact that George RR Martin is in the same boat.
Although the HBO fantasy series is based on Martin’s novels, the author says he has not seen the scripts for the final season. He gave showrunners DB Weiss and David Benioff an outline of how he would like the saga to end, but Martin says the pair will have come up with “a lot” of the final plot “on their own”.
“I haven’t read the [final-season] scripts and haven’t been able to visit the set because I’ve been working on Winds,” Martin told Entertainment Weekly (EW), referring to his long-awaited novel The Winds of Winter.
“I know some of the things,” he continued. “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.”
The show has long since overtaken the plot of Martin’s books, with the 2015 season adapting the conclusion of his most recent published novel A Dance With Dragons (2011).