Cheerful and family-friendly series Game of Thrones might not end happily, it has emerged, in a shocking twist for fans of the notoriously upbeat drama based on the books of George RR Martin.
“People ask me how Game of Thrones is gonna end and I’m not gonna tell them, but I always say to expect something bittersweet in the end,” Martin told a (presumably) shocked crowd at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
“I think you need to have some hope. We all yearn for happy endings in a sense. Myself, I’m attracted to the bittersweet ending.
“I think Tolkien did this brilliantly. I didn’t understand that when I was a kid, when I read Return of the King. You can’t just fulfil a quest and then pretend life is perfect. Life doesn’t work that way.”
And here we thought that a series famous for killing off half its cast, sexual assault and the murder of children could end no way but positively. Guess this is why we don’t make the big HBO bucks, eh?
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