Here's everything to know about 'A Song of Ice and Fire.'
Still wondering what you'll do now that Game of Thrones is over? Not ready to leave Westeros quite yet? You can always lose yourself in the books the show is based on—while most GoT fans know this, some might be unaware that before all your favorite Game of Thrones characters were on HBO, they appeared in the pages of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series. The book series is long, complicated, and will suck you in so thoroughly, you won't remember you ever had a social life.
And while the HBO show followed the general plot of the book series, it also cut out a lot of characters, subplots, and other details (Lady Stoneheart, where you at?!). There's plenty of fun stuff that never made it from page to screen (and okay—a few weird, convoluted storylines we're happy HBO did without). One cool thing about the books is that they're told from numerous characters' perspectives, the viewpoints switching from chapter to chapter. You may be following Jon Snow at the Wall for a chapter, only to suddenly switch to Sansa in King's Landing.
And while one major gripe GoT fans have with the TV series is that controversial finale—but it's something that Martin says won't be an issue for his books. He recently confirmed that he's working on the last two books in the series (there are seven books in the Song of Ice and Fire series in total, five of which are out already), and he also said that the book's ending will be totally different from the show, which is happy news for fans that hated the show's ending.
The books in A Song of Ice and Fire, in order, are as follows: A Game of Thrones; A Clash of Kings; A Storm of Swords; A Feast for Crows; A Dance With Dragons; The Winds of Winter; and A Dream of Spring. Here's some info on the five books that are out, with notes on a few major plot points from the show that happen in each of them.
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