Rockman wrote:Punchy your dismissal of endings is a little extreme.
Can you honestly say that endings aren't a crucial part to any body of fiction? I understand if it isn't your favorite part of a story, but it is absolutely necessary to a successful narrative work to have an ending.
I know this series won't have a happy ending. But I'm hoping for at least a stark to rule in winterfel by the end.
I don't think endings are crucial, because they are only 5% of a story when compared to the 90% which is the middle (the other 5% is the beginning). From where I sit, it is the journey that is important, not the destination. Being disappointed in the last episode of LOST does not negate the 120 previous episodes. If GRRM were to die tomorrow, does that mean all the enjoyment we've gotten from the 5 books was pointless? I read books for pleasure, for the experience, not to rush towards an ending.
On this site we all read (or have read) mainstream superhero comics, a genre which has no endings and never will, the story of Superman will never end (and is often referred to as 'the never-ending battle'. Does that mean there's no point reading Superman?
And the thing is, with long-running narratives like these, the endings always cause bitching even when they do come. Stephen King finished The Dark Tower, but there are loads of fans who say they hate the ending and would have preferred for him to leave it.
I just don't agree that a great story needs an ending, look at HBO's Deadwood, that has no proper ending, but it's still an all-time classic TV show.