The great game has ended. The biggest shock, though, was just how unhappy a large section of the fandom was with what happened. In fact, most of the complaints centred on what didn’t happen with major, long-awaited pay-offs never materialising after seasons of build up. Martin has been blogging frequently over the past week, in response to stories online but also turning attention back to the books and the answers fans will find there.
On his Not A Blog blog, the author wrote: “They had six hours for this final season. I expect these last two books of mine will fill 3000 manuscript pages between them before I’m done… and if more pages and chapters and scenes are needed, I’ll add them.
“And of course the butterfly effect will be at work as well; those of you who follow this Not A Blog will know that I’ve been talking about that since season one.
“There are characters who never made it onto the screen at all, and others who died in the show but still live in the books…”
“So if nothing else, the readers will learn what happened to Jeyne Poole, Lady Stoneheart, Penny and her pig, Skahaz Shavepate, Arianne Martell, Darkstar, Victarion Greyjoy, Ser Garlan the Gallant, Aegon VI, and a myriad of other characters both great and small that viewers of the show never had the chance to meet.
“And yes, there will be unicorns… of a sort…”
Putting aside the unicorns (unicorns?) for a moment, the big name everyone will focus on is Lady Stoneheart. After all, the entire show turned out to be always about the Starks.
Lady Stoneheart, of course, is the reanimated corpse of Catelyn Stark, dragged from the river by Arya’s wolf Nymeria. She ends up with The Brotherhood Without Banners, after being somewhat brought back to semi-life by Beric Dondarrion.
Fams were hoping she would appear in the show but that storyline, along with many others, was cut.
With “thousands of pages” promised by Martin, fans can look forward to huge amounts of new material when Book Six, The Winds of Winter finally arrives.