George R.R. Martin Says There May Be Changes in Game of Thrones Series Finale

The final season of Game of Thrones is just a few weeks away, and no one outside of the show knows quite what to expect. For that matter, neither does George R.R. Martin, the author who wrote the novels that inspired the show. Although Martin has had an active role in guiding the show, it has strayed from his original narrative. And it sounds like Martin expects even more changes once it reaches its conclusion.

While speaking with Rolling Stone, Martin said, “I’ve been so slow with these books. The major points of the ending will be things I told [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] five or six years ago. But there may also be changes, and there’ll be a lot added.”

The show went beyond Martin’s books by the conclusion of the fifth season. Benioff and Weiss have largely stayed true to the spirit of Martin’s creation, even without new novels to guide them.

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Martin also spoke with Rolling Stone about actresses Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams, and their respective characters: Sansa and Arya Stark. For example, Martin called Arya “a girl who chafes at the roles she was being pushed into, who didn’t want to sew, who wanted to fight with a sword, who liked hunting and wrestling in the mud.” Meanwhile, he considers Sansa the opposite. He called her “a happy, somewhat smug occupant of a cloistered, fluffy world, a Disney princess destined to be tossed into a sea of horrors.”

It’ll be interesting to see how Arya and Sansa react to Daenerys’ arrival, and the war with the White Walkers that will unfold in the final episodes. Will one of the Stark sisters rise to become the new queen? We’ll find out when the final season begins on Sunday, April 14.

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