'Game of Thrones' release date, plot news: George R.R. Martin teases bittersweet ending; show's fast pace doesn't stress him

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“A Song of Ice and Fire” author George R.R. Martin was honored by Northwestern University with the Hall of Achievement alumni award on November 4. During his discussion with the members of the university’s Medill School of Journalism after the ceremony, Martin talked about his novels and HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

As reported by Vulture, Martin revealed that he is not fazed by how “Game of Thrones” has caught up with his writing. He said, “I’ve been hearing them come up behind me for years, and the question is, how can I make myself write faster? I think, by now, the answer is, I can’t. I write at the pace I write, and what the show is doing is not going to change what the books are.”

Asked about the future of the award-winning series, the author chose to be a bit coy about his answers. He said that viewers and fans should have more hope about the ending. “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.”

Martin explained that he admires the way Tolkien used allegory in the “Lord of the Rings” book series to reveal how hard life can be. He further stated that even if a quest has been fulfilled, people cannot pretend that life is perfect because life is not like that.

The “A Song of Ice and Fire” author mentioned that he knows that whatever he writes will be recognized. However, he clarified that he is aware that everything will pass. Martin commented that even though “Game of Thrones” is “the most successful television show in the world,” it will not always be the case. A few years from now, he quipped, another will take its place.

No official release date has been announced for the sixth season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” but it is expected to return sometime in 2016.