George RR Martin
George RR Martin, author of the "Song of Ice and Fire" fantasy series that is the basis of the television series "Game of Thrones," gestures during his masterclass at the Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) in Neuchatel, July 10, 2014. Reuters/Denis Balibouse

“Winds of Winter” author George R. R. Martin has often said that his books will have a “bittersweet” ending, just like “The Lord of the Rings.” While waiting for the next book some fans have taken it upon themselves to come up with their own versions of the final chapter in “A Song of Ice and Fire.”

In a Reddit post, one of the fans asked everyone to try and come up with the best ending they can, keeping in mind what Martin is shooting for. While some of the fans participated enthusiastically, others complained and joked about the slow pace of Martin’s writing.

The first one in the list is about Tyrion appointed as the 1000th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, and him going beyond the Wall to look for answers. The ending this theory envisions is that Jon Snow has managed to convince the White Walkers to leave Westeros, but no one knows why.

Another theory, which could begin to play out in “Winds of Winter,” is focused on Jaime and Brienne of Tarth love story. The bittersweet ending is that the Lannister dies, and nine months later his lover gives birth to their child.

A theory about Davos looks at how he works hard to build an alliance of the North with Vale and the Riverlands, even though his Lord Stannis and Shireen are dead. He works for Rickon Stark till the end, and dies not seeing his wife and sons again.

An interesting ending that another fan came up with is that Night’s King is killed, but the White Walkers being creatures of magic can’t all be killed. They will be born again later. So, to save humanity Jon Snow becomes the new Night’s King and lives in an “icy hell” forever. He is, however, given the ability to connect with the Weirwood tree and visit his family whenever he can. In the books the character is dead, and it remains to be seen how and if he will be resurrected in “Winds of Winter.”