Look, we could sit here all day pulling apart what happened in the finale of 'Game of Thrones' (and we have), but the fact is that it's now there.
It's one of those things where we knew it was coming, we knew it was never going to be as satisfying as we'd hoped, but in the end, it is what it is. While most of the blame has landed squarely on the shoulders of showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss, the final twist wasn't their idea at all.
According to a new interview with Isaac Hampstead-Wright for 'Making Game of Thrones', Bran ending up on the Iron Throne was planned all along by author George RR Martin. Moreover, the book ending of the series will be the same - more or less - as what happened in the series. As George RR Martin explained in a recent blog post, the endings are across "two different mediums", and that it was essentially a "yes and no" situation with the ending's being the same.
Hampstead-Wright, however, seemed to put it in more simple terms. "David and Dan told me there were two things George RR Martin had planned for Bran, and that was the Hodor revelation, and that he would be king. So that’s pretty special to be directly involved in something that is part of George’s vision. It was a really nice way to wrap it up," said Hampstead-Wright.
Was it, though? Was it? Anyway, there you have it, the ending of the book and the ending of the TV series are more or less the same - and it was all George RR Martin's idea.