Warning: SPOILERS forward for Game of Thrones season 8

Game of Thrones is ending, and when it does, so will all hypothesis about how HBO’s epic fantasy sequence lastly wraps up. But how will the story finish within the A Song of Ice and Fire novels upon which Game of Thrones is predicated?

Game of Thrones season Eight is just not solely the final season of the HBO sequence, however it’s also been the most divisive. Perhaps it was inevitable that the fruits of a present as widespread as Game of Thrones would by no means please each viewer, however the backlash to season 8 is tough to disregard. This is partly as a result of the ultimate two seasons are shorter than the earlier six. Fewer episodes in a season results in extra accelerated storytelling, and judging by the fan response, season 8 didn’t always deliver the expertise viewers had come to anticipate from Game of Thrones. Another doable clarification for why some followers have reacted so negatively to season Eight is as a result of uncommon method wherein Game of Thrones has tailored the A Song of Ice and Fire novels.

Continue scrolling to maintain studying Click the button beneath to begin this text in fast view.

Related: Game Of Thrones: Why Cersei’s Death Will Be Better In The Books

The Game of Thrones season 8 finale is the top of the HBO sequence and there might be no new episodes. However, the identical can’t be stated of the A Song of Ice and Fire books. By the time Game of Thrones reached season 6, the tv sequence had already overtaken the books. Author George R.R. Martin hasn’t finished writing A Song of Ice and Fire, and there are nonetheless two extra books but to be launched: The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring. In order to complete the TV sequence, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss labored from particulars Martin shared with them about how the story will finish within the novels. This signifies that we do not but know precisely how A Song of Ice and Fire will finish.

<!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–>

When HBO first ordered a sequence primarily based on Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, the plan was for all seven books to be completed nicely earlier than the tv sequence ever reached the story materials from these as-of-yet unpublished novels. Sadly, issues did not go based on plan. While Game of Thrones season 1 debuted alongside the discharge of A Dance With Dragons, the fifth ebook in A Song of Ice and Fire, the tv sequence in a short time caught as much as Martin and no new A Song of Ice and Fire books have launched since.

Still, this doesn’t suggest we’re fully at nighttime about what’s to come back in A Song of Ice and Fire. The actual ending of the sequence might not be identified, however Martin has beforehand stated that the ending of HBO’s Game of Thrones could be the just like that of his novels. There might be some variations, in fact, provided that sure characters and plots from the novels (Lady Stoneheart, for instance) have been by no means included on the TV present, however by and enormous the endings of each are anticipated to be roughly the identical. A couple of occasions from newer seasons of Game of Thrones have even been confirmed as coming from Martin’s nonetheless unpublished books – the reveal that Hodor’s name comes from “Hold the door” and the burning of Shireen.

Those two occasions have been revealed to Benioff and Weiss throughout a 2016 assembly with Martin in the place the creator outlined the rest of A Song of Ice and Fire‘s story. “Hold the door” and the burning of Shireen are two of three surprising moments which Benioff and Weiss have stated left them surprised. The third second has but to be revealed, however since Benioff and Weiss is not going to say what in season Eight comes from the books and what doesn’t (desirous to protect some shock for Martin’s readers), we’re left guessing. Chances are, although, Daenerys burning King’s Landing in season 8, episode 5, “The Bells” is that third second given the way it rocked the Game of Thrones fandom. Just as with the TV present, the books include loads of foreshadowing that Daenerys will torch town, however the method by which A Song of Ice and Fire reaches that time will doubtless be fairly completely different.

Presently, there’s no release date for The Winds of Winter and it might be silly to make any predictions. Suffice it to say, even with Game of Thrones now ending, followers are eagerly awaiting the discharge of a brand new A Song of Ice and Fire ebook, desirous to each lastly learn extra of Martin’s authentic story and to match it with that of the HBO sequence.

Next: Game of Thrones: The White Walkers’ Defeat Can’t Be The Same In The Books