There was a sly reference to this in one of the books, Feast for Crows I believe, where Littlefinger says to Sansa that Cersei was fucking things up faster than he anticipated and expected to wait several years before that happened.
Yes, it was meant to be a 5 year gap. GRRM scrapped it because while it made sense for a bunch of characters (particularly the Stark kids), it made absolutely no fucking sense for some characters like Stannis. Like he can't just spend 5 years freezing to death in the North.
Honestly I think it will end as the polar opposite of the TV show, the Kingdom Dissolve into the Seven Kingdoms as it probably should have done after Robert's Rebellion,Ok, to try and figure out the ending of ASOIF you need to know some things about GRRM.
1) He's always kind of hated war, and was a conscientious objector during 'Nam
2) He's a feminist. An old style one, not a modern colour-haired one.
3) None of his stories have had happy endings, but some are bittersweet.
4) A lot of his stories involve trickery and mind control
5) He's super into redheads.
I don't think anyone will get the throne, but if they do it's going to be Sansa.
I think you're probably right.Honestly I think it will end as the polar opposite of the TV show, the Kingdom Dissolve into the Seven Kingdoms as it probably should have done after Robert's Rebellion,
While watching the final I remember thinking that there were some things that seemed like they would be in the book ending as well and some things that seemed purposefully changed so that old Georgie could still claim the two works as separate.Question for those who have read the GoTs books and not just watched the series:
My feeling from watching the series was that GRRM has an incredibly nihilistic world view and the ending of the series, in his vision, would be the white walkers wiping everyone out. This was partly due to the series and partly due to learning that GoT's was his attempt at writing a better LotRs.
Then I found out that the white walkers really arent much of a focus in the books at all, at least not as prominent as they are in the show.
Realizing how autistic my previous thoughts on this was, especially since I haven't read any of the books in Asoiaf, as people who have read them what is you're feeling on how the series would have ended in the books?
We all know GRRM isn't actually going to finish writing them.
Upon learning of some of the characters the show is missing my opinion on Mad Queen Danny changed. I can see how that's a good bet on how it ends the show runners shot themselves in the foot.While watching the final I remember thinking that there were some things that seemed like they would be in the book ending as well and some things that seemed purposefully changed so that old Georgie could still claim the two works as separate.
The war with the white walkers and Arya killing the night king seemed like a total cluster fuck and I think the show writers were the primary and possibly only input into it. I didn't really glean any insight into what George plans to do with them from the show, but I just don't think it's that.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, I do think Daenerys becoming a mad queen is 100% going to happen. The books repeatedly go back to how fucking batshit the Targaryens are, how they either rise to greatness or fall to tyranny, and Daenery has already shown signs of snapping when she encounters highly stressful situations or particular brutalities.
In the middle is the idea of Tyrion & Co. effectively creating a elective monarchy. In the books a lot of people spend a lot of time talking about how frustrating it is to tard wrangle a king or even lords, how that system of leadership has serious flaws, and what to do about it. The logical conclusion, and what happened in real life during the time period George bases ASoIaF on, is a curtailing of the power of the monarchy and destruction of the feudal system. Whether the plan is and was to have Westeros jump straight into "Voteing for a king lmao!" or maybe something smaller in scale but that hints towards the idea of progression to a democratic state, I have no idea.
You should also keep in mind that there's a whole slew of characters in the books who don't even appear in the show, and some of them have some crazy shit that seems pretty important going on. How their stories will be resolved and how they will affect the ending remains to be seen.