Well, at least “bittersweet” still sounds better than the typical Game of Thrones tactic of “kill all your favorite characters in horribly violent ways that make you physically upset for days.”
Author George R.R. Martin recently appeared at Northwestern University to receive a Hall of Achievement alumni award from the Medill School of Journalism. During one of his Q&A sessions with students, he was asked about the unenviable task of wrapping up perhaps the greatest epic fantasy story of a generation.
“I think you need to have some hope,” he said, referencing the manners in which sagas end. “We all yearn for happy endings in a sense. Myself, I’m attracted to the bittersweet ending. People ask me how Game of Thrones is gonna end, and I’m not gonna tell them … but I always say to expect something bittersweet in the end, like [J.R.R. Tolkien]. I think Tolkien did this brilliantly. I didn’t understand that when I was a kid — when I read Return of the King.” (Via)
Right, so happy ending for some, betrayal and violent death for almost everyone else. Sounds about right.
Regardless of how Martin ends Game of Thrones, some fans are bound to be upset. He has done an excellent job of creating characters that aren’t black or white, good or evil. Everyone in Westeros can best be described by various shades of grey. Even the most noble and honorable amongst them have dark secrets or shady pasts.
Here’s hoping Hodor comes out on top!