Game of Thrones Finale Backlash Won't Force George R.R. Martin to Change Book Ending

TVGuide.com | 7/15/2019 | Amanda Bell
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George R.R. Martin is not plotting a new direction for the final two books in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring, no matter what internet commenters have to say about it.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Martin said that he fully intends to continue on with his planned ending for the seven-book series, even if fans have figured out certain details and spoiled them online. He doesn't seem to give much merit to the the intense backlash that followed Game of Thrones' final season, either.

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Martin told EW that the internet age has made it more difficult to surprise readers, since correct theories and interpretations can spread like dragon fire online. "The internet affects all this to a degree it was never affected before," he said. "Like Jon Snow's parentage. There were early hints about [who Snow's parents were] in the books, but only one reader in 100 put it together. And before the internet that was fine — for 99 readers out of 100 when Jon Snow's parentage gets revealed it would be, 'Oh, that's a great twist!' But in the age of the internet, even if only one person in 100 figures it out then that one person posts it online and the other 99 people read it and go, 'Oh, that makes sense.'"

The author admitted that seeing spoilers on the internet does create a temptation to change the books but said he is resisting that urge. "You've been planning for a certain ending, and if you suddenly change direction just because somebody figured it out, or because they don't like it, then it screws up the whole structure," he said. "I want to write the...
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