George R.R. Martin Says ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ Ending Will Not Be ‘Apocalyptic’

Reading George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, it’s hard to escape the sense that things are going to end poorly for just about everyone. But readers shouldn’t worry. According to Martin himself, the popular series that began with A Game of Thrones won’t end in an “apocalyptic” way.

Speaking with Sean T. Collins of The Observer, Martin faced the question of whether “everyone will lose — whether [the series] will end in some horrible apocalypse.” Martin answered: “I haven’t written the ending yet, so I don’t know, but no. That’s certainly not my intent.”

Elaborating on his answer, Martin explained that he would seek a “bittersweet” tone at the end of his epic series.

“I’ve said before that 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.”

Martin is currently hard at work on The Winds of Winter, the sixth book in the series. There will be a seventh and final book that will follow.

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