Now that Game of Thrones has ended I do feel a sense of anticipation and eagerness to finally get our hands on the next book of the series it was all based on. A Song of Ice and Fire author George RR. Martin has been working on the penultimate book in the series, The Winds of Winter for quite a number of years now. Martin’s latest update was that if he isn’t finished the book by summer 2020, then fans have his permission to chain him to a desk.
The fact that the show went long past the books has been cause for complaint with many die-hard book fans. However, many show fans such as myself were very happy with the adaptation of Game of Thrones, until the very last season. I’ve written extensively about why Season 8 of Thrones didn’t work for me, so I won’t go over old ground again here.
However, in a recent interview with Making Game of Thrones, Bran actor Isaac Hempstead Wright has revealed that one key aspect of the show’s finale will be replicated in the ending of the books. Check out his quote below.
“[Creators] David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] told me there were two things [author] George R.R. Martin had planned for Bran, and that was the Hodor revelation, and that he would be king. So that’s pretty special to be directly involved in something that is part of George’s vision. It was a really nice way to wrap it up.”
The thing is, as many book fans will tell you, the current way Bran’s story is going in the books seems to be very different from how things played out in the show. I would suspect that Martin will make a point of showing in the story why Bran would make the perfect King. This aspect is something left to our own headcanon in the show, because they simply didn’t give Bran anything to do in the last two seasons other than reveal to Jon who he really was, act as bait, and accept the Kingship.
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Martin has been quoted in the past talking about how he hates when you are left to wonder why a certain character should be King in a story. Martin wants to know why that person made a good King, and that’s what I am left wondering myself after the finale of Game of Thrones?
It just shows that despite knowing the end to a story, the journey getting there can happen many different ways, some far more interesting than others. I strongly feel that if Bran does become King in the books, then we will fully understand why that path is laid before him.
What do you think of Hempstead’s comments and do you feel like this will be handled much better in the books…if Martin ever finishes writing them? Leave your thoughts in the usual spot below.
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SOURCE: Making Game Of Thrones