I disagree man.
I think there is a difference between what you and I do, or what a writers room does and what people mean when they say “writing by committee”. That term specifically (for me at least) means the work lacks a cohesive vision and probably needed what I would call a Captain. Someone whose job it is to hold in their head the vision of the final product and steer the ship of creators in that direction. That person should absolutely listen to their crew and incorporate their ideas but they need to keep their hands on the wheel or they will be driven off course by the waves...the audience. I’m saying he should not leave the ending of his story to the mercurial whims of a faceless mob.
There is no “startling path” that has been discovered. Everyone is just upset that it didn’t end the way they wanted. There are a million startling paths being suggested and debated in forums all over the internet. There is no way George could sit down at his computer and magically divine some perfect ending that would...what? He would type the last word and then ascend to heaven? He should end this story the way he originally set out to or what was the point of any of it? Whenever we are asked for advice on cartooning we say a few of the same things. One of the big ones is make comics that make you laugh. You will go crazy trying to please an audience. Better to just please yourself...hmmm.
You know what I mean.