The Game of Thrones collection finale has been 9 years in coming, and that’s only for the viewers. For showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss, it’s been on its method for even longer, presumably since 2005, after they first sat down with A Song of Ice and Fire writer George R.R. Martin and talked concerning the form of the collection over a prolonged lunch.
With the ultimate season on the horizon, loads of followers are speculating about what’s going to occur, and the rumors are flying. It could relieve followers to know that, regardless of the present has in retailer for the ultimate episode, it’s apparently been deliberate for a really very long time. Talking to TV Guide all the best way again in 2011, simply over per week earlier than the collection premiere, Weiss assured those that, “We’ve talked through what the final episode, the final season will be.”
Benioff gave his two cents as properly: “We can’t wait to write that episode. Of the many different fears we have about the show, long-term momentum is not one of them. We’re very confident.” I’d say he was proper on that depend. Unlike some reveals (*cough* The Walking Dead *cough*), Game of Thrones has grown in reputation with every passing season, as extra folks get caught up in a narrative that feels prefer it’s headed someplace.
And even again in 2011, the showrunners sound aware of their obligation to offer an ending worthy of that curiosity. “I think it’s a legitimate concern because it’s potentially 60-70 hours of your life you’re investing,” Weiss mentioned of the ending. “It’s fair to want to know that there’s somebody at the wheel and that it’s going to lead you to a place where you feel that ultimately it was worth investing that time. George has proven through the discussions we’ve had that he’s always known in the rough, broad strokes where this is going to end up. And we think it’s going to end up in a way that is uniquely satisfying.”
Benioff, chiming in once more, additionally assured followers that the ending wouldn’t be a cheat, utilizing a popular culture reference that was extra trenchant again then: “It’s not some ‘it was all a dream’ story,” he mentioned. “It’s not an M. Night Shyamalan movie where there’s a massive twist at the end. It all actually makes sense. You can kind of feel in the roughest sense where it’s moving towards. It’s going to a fantastic place.”
If Benioff and Weiss appear on the defensive, it could as a result of they have been making these feedback within the wake of the collection finale of ABC’s sci-fi hit Lost, which famously divided followers when it did not reply a number of the mysteries introduced up on the present throughout its run. Or no less than, that was clearly on George R.R. Martin’s thoughts round this time. The identical week as Benioff and Weiss talked to TV Guide, Martin instructed The New Yorker that he didn’t need to “do a Lost” and botch the ending to his collection. “[My wife and I] watched it every week trying to figure it out… and then I felt so cheated when we got to the conclusion. I want to give them something terrific. What if I f— it up at the end?…Then they’ll come after me with pitchforks and torches.” (Sidebar: At the time, Lost creator Damon Lindelof acquired fairly salty about Martin’s feedback, albeit in a good-natured method.)
Martin remains to be plugging away on the ending to A Song of Ice and Fire, however with the ultimate season of Game of Thrones anticipated to observe his template, we’ll all know what he has in thoughts quickly sufficient. Whatever occurs, I take consolation in the truth that the folks behind the present have been desirous about and planning the ending for years.
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