George R.R. Martin says Game of Thrones ending will be bittersweet
George R.R. Martin has claimed the ending of his hit A Song of Ice and Fire novels will be bittersweet in a new interview with The Observer.
In the interview, he described himself as inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy’s bittersweet ending, in which victory was won but not without a massive cost and life-long damage to hero Frodo.
Martin said: “The tone of the ending that I’m going for is bittersweet. I mean, it’s no secret that Tolkien has been a huge influence on me, and I love the way he ended Lord of the Rings. It ends with victory, but it’s a bittersweet victory.”
“All I can say is that’s the kind of tone I will be aiming for. Whether I achieve it or not, that will be up to people like you and my readers to judge.”
We’re sure Martin will hit the nail on the head with the ending, although we’re not quite as sure how far into the future such an ending will be.