There's a reason Game of Thrones is one of the most popular HBO Series' of all time. It comes from the magical mind of George R.R. Martin, who dreamt and thought up the books over the course of many well-thought-out years. It feels like he created the world with a lot care. So, it would only make sense that he knows how all of this is going to end.
He compared the ending - which he says will be "bittersweet" - to that of The Lord of the Rings Franchise. He's a big fan of that fandom, as are many of us who enjoy GoT and LOTR and their similarities... as well as their stark differences (no pun intended).
Here's what Martin had to say when he was asked if things would end in a "horrible apocalypse" of some sort:
I haven’t written the ending yet, so I don’t know, but no. That’s certainly not my intent. 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. Frodo is never whole again, and he goes away to the Undying Lands, and the other people live their lives. And the scouring of the Shire—brilliant piece of work, which I didn’t understand when I was 13 years old: “Why is this here? The story’s over?” But every time I read it I understand the brilliance of that segment more and more. 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.
So, we'll see. I mean, there's not much that could happen to leave me actually upset about dedicating so much time to this series. I trust that whatever the team comes up with (which I suppose includes David Benioff and D.B. Weiss as well - the screenwriters) will suffice. I'm very excited to see what they do to end this magnificent series.
(Via: AV Club)