George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series inspired the HBO hit series Game of Thrones, so it is natural that everyone wants to know his thoughts on the controversial plots and character arcs in the final season which is currently airing.
There has been plenty of criticism directed at showrunners Dan Benioff and D.B. Weiss who certainly took a different direction than Martin initially planned for some of the leading characters, and in an interview with Rolling Stone ahead of the series finale on Sunday, May 19, Martin admitted that he was a “little sad” about how the show played out.
“Of course you have an emotional reaction. I mean, would I prefer they do it exactly the way I did it? Sure,” Martin said. “It can also be traumatic. Because sometimes their creative vision and your creative vision don’t match, and you get the famous creative differences thing — that leads to a lot of conflict. The series has been… not completely faithful. Otherwise, it would have to run another five seasons.”
He added, “You know, it’s complex. I’m a little sad, actually. I wish we had a few more seasons. But I understand. Dave and Dan are gonna go on to do other things, and I’m sure some of the actors were signed up for like seven or eight years, and they would like to go on and take other roles.
“All of that is fair. I’m not angry or anything like that, but there’s a little wistfulness in me.”
Preach on, George RR Martin. A lot of fans feel the same way.
Of course, there is still one final episode — which is set to run for one hour and 20 minutes — for Benioff and Weiss to redeem themselves in the eyes of fans and the author of A Song of Ice and Fire.
The final season of Game of Thrones will come to its end next Sunday, May 19, as the battle for the Iron Throne reaches its finale. Get your popcorn ready.