Even after the last episode aired months ago, the disappointment with the final season of Game of Thrones is still felt by many. But despite all the negativity surrounding the HBO adaptation, the author of A Song of Ice and Fire isn’t letting it get to him.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, George R.R. Martin said that the final two novels in the series will not be affected by the conclusion of the television series. Specifically, he stated that even though plot twists have already been revealed in the show, the books will not change:
“Suddenly the twist you’re building towards is out there. And there is a temptation to then change it [in the upcoming books] — ‘Oh my god, it’s screwed up, I have to come up with something different.’ But that’s wrong. Because you’ve been planning for a certain ending and if you suddenly change direction just because somebody figured it out, or because they don’t like it, then it screws up the whole structure. So no, I don’t read the fan sites. I want to write the book I’ve always intended to write all along. And when it comes out they can like it or they can not like it.”
Martin then went on to talk about the strangeness of watching the series end as well as the pressure he feels to finish the books in time, but also expressed relief at how he doesn’t feel the need to catch up to the show anymore:
“I don’t only want to finish it, I want to make it as good as I possibly can. Since then there’s been pressure but not like there was at that point. There’s no longer a race. The show is over. I’m writing the book. It will be done when it’s done.”
Are you still excited for the final two books even after the series ended?
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