George R.R. Martin, on his blog “Not a Blog”, now that the final episode of Game of Thrones has aired:
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.
And oh, I especially like GRRM’s closing paragraph in his post:
Book or show, which will be the “real” ending? […] 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.
Really looking forward to the books, as the final season on TV was quite the disappointment. Next to some very poor dialogues this season was packed with inconsistencies, character development that got thrown out of the window, lots of loose ends … the number of WTFs per episode was rising way too fast imho.
See, for example, this narrated version of Episode 3 to see what I’m talking about:
(Same thing can be said for all other episode in the season)
Winging back to Episode 3, a few smart people suggested some really good changes, such as an improved plan for “The Battle of Winterfell” itself or even a rewrite of some parts to make it more tensive.
Be sure to also read this article on why the writing in GoT S08 feels off.