New 'Game of Thrones' books won't match the final season
More than 24 hours might have passed since the Game of Thrones finale, but the shock (and in many cases disappointment) shows no signs of lessening - with a counseling service even popping up for distressed fans.
In it, we saw Daenerys quest to sit on the Iron Throne come to a tragic end after she, quite literally, burnt King's Landing to a crisp, killing countless innocents in the process. Then, despite being the true heir, no one reveals Jon's true identity, and after killing Dany, he is sent back to the Night's Watch as a punishment.
Thankfully, if nothing else, Ghost got the good boy pat he deserved:
Meanwhile, Bran becomes King of the Six Kingdoms (because apparently he's got the best story out of everyone...) and the North is given its independence back, with Sansa being crowned its Queen. Tyrion is named Bran's hand, Brienne, head of the Kingsguard, and Arya goes off to discover "what's west of Westeros".
This is the moment Bran was named King of the Six Kingdoms:
Now, if this ending wasn't to your liking, don't fret. In the books, at least, you could get the closure you need.
George R.R. Martin, the author of the books which the series were based on, has said that the ending he is writing will be different from the one which we saw on screen.
Great news for the droves of fans who signed a petition to have the entire series remade.
On his blog, the 70-year-old novelist wrote: "How will it all end? The same ending as the show? Different? Well... yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes."
"There are characters who never made it onto the screen at all, and others who died in the show but still live in the books.
"So if nothing else, the readers will learn what happened to Jeyne Poole, Lady Stoneheart, Penny and her pig, Skahaz Shavepate, Arianne Martell, Darkstar, Victarion Greyjoy, Ser Garlan the Gallant, Aegon VI, and a myriad of other characters both great and small that viewers of the show never had the chance to meet.
"And yes, there will be unicorns... of a sort."
Check out the video below to see the powerful moment Drogon destroys the Iron Throne:
And while many fans will undoubtedly be hoping that the books will knock what we saw on screen out of the park, Martin said that he's not too bothered whether anyone likes his ending either.
"I'll write it. You read it," he wrote. "Then everyone can make up their own mind, and argue about it on the internet."