The acclaimed television series, based on George R. R. Martin's A Song Of Ice And Fire fantasy novel series, deviated from the plot line of the books early on when the show ran out of books to base the episodes on.
Warning! Spoilers to follow.
Martin is currently working on finishing the series, but he wants to assure fans it will be different than the TV show's ending.
Which most people will love:
Martin, in a blog post, detailed his reactions to the end of the show.
"It is hard to believe it is over, if truth be told. The years have gone past in the blink of an eye. Can it really have been more than a decade since my manager Vince Gerardis set up a meeting at the Palm in LA, and I sat down for the first time with David Benioff and D.B. Weiss for a lunch that lasted well past dinner? I asked them if they knew who Jon Snow's mother was. Fortunately, they did."
"That was how it started. It ended last night."
" I'm still here, and I'm still busy," continued Martin in his post.
"I'm writing. Winter is coming, I told you, long ago… and so it is. THE WINDS OF WINTER is very late, I know, I know, but it will be done. I won't say when, I've tried that before, only to burn you all and jinx myself… but I will finish it, and then will come A DREAM OF SPRING.
"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."
Martin continued that there will be no "real" ending:
"I am working in a very different medium than David and Dan, 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.
"And of course the butterfly effect will be at work as well; those of you who follow this Not A Blog will know that I've been talking about that since season one. There are characters who never made it onto the screen at all, and others who died in the show but still live in the books… so if nothing else, the readers will learn what happened to Jeyne Poole, Lady Stoneheart, Penny and her pig, Skahaz Shavepate, Arianne Martell, Darkstar, Victarion Greyjoy, Ser Garlan the Gallant, Aegon VI, and a myriad of other characters both great and small that viewers of the show never had the chance to meet.
"And yes, there will be unicorns… of a sort…Book or show, which will be the "real" ending? It's a silly question. How many children did Scarlett O'Hara have? 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."
Hopefully Martin's ending will bring more closure to fans who are still shouting about the ending of the series on social media three days later:
But perhaps it will just create more controversy. Who knows? But at least it's something to look forward to.