So *THAT* Finale Twist on “Game of Thrones” Was George RR Martin’s Idea

Many of us watched the series finale of Game of Thrones and a lot of people had things to say about how the HBO show ended. Many lamented the rushed quality, while others complained about the series of events. Some pointed out that this was because creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss didn’t have any material to draw from, since author George RR Martin has not written the conclusion to the award-winning show in his lineup of novels.

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It turns out that Martin wasn’t as detached as some people would think. Isaac Hempstead Wright, who played Bran Stark, revealed that the author is responsible for how his character ended. He said, “[Creators] David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] told me there were two things [author] George R.R. Martin had planned for Bran, and that was the Hodor revelation, and that he would be king. So that’s pretty special to be directly involved in something that is part of George’s vision. It was a really nice way to wrap it up.”

So for those complaining that Bran shouldn’t have been king, it’s been confirmed. The idea came from Martin himself.

In case you’re too sad to say goodbye to this epic show, you don’t need to worry as there’s always the possibility of spinoffs happening.

One has already been announced, and will be a prequel and will be set in an era called “The Age of Heroes”—a dark time in Westerosi history 10,000 years ago. The show has already announced its cast: Miranda Richardson, Naomi Watts, Marquis Rodriguez, John Simm, Richard McCabe, John Heffernan, and Dixie Egerickx are set to join.

The move may be considered unusual, as the network has never created a spinoff or a follow-up of its shows. But it’s understandable when you consider the show’s success: Game of Thrones is HBO’s most-watched and longest-running series, and has received 47 Primetime Emmy Awards, the most for any TV series.

Game of Thrones is an adaptation of Martin’s fantasy series of novels and follows different dynasties as they aim to succeed the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms.

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