Martin Won’t Change His Game of Thrones
The ending of HBO’s Game of Thrones series did not get the warmest reception; a lot of speculation has been hurled toward writer of the book series George RR Martin. People have wondered what his reaction to the series finale was. If its poor reception would affect how he ends the book series. HBO’s television adaptation of Game of Thrones has been well ahead of Martin’s book series for quite some time now. Martin spoke at length that the show nor fan reactions would affect how he decides to end the book series.
End in Sight
With the show ending, fans have been eagerly awaiting Martin to wrap up the book series. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly Martin notes on several things about the show and the internet affecting stories.
“The internet affects all this to a degree it was never affected before,” Martin tells EW when asked about fan reaction to the final season. “Like Jon Snow’s parentage. There were early hints about [who Snow’s parents were] in the books, but only one reader in 100 put it together. And before the internet that was fine — for 99 readers out of 100 when Jon Snow’s parentage gets revealed it would be, ‘Oh, that’s a great twist!’ But in the age of the internet, even if only one person in 100 figures it out then that one person posts it online and the other 99 people read it and go, ‘Oh, that makes sense.’ 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 also talks about the pressure of having the book series be behind the televsion show as well.
“I felt a tremendous amount of pressure for years now,” he says. “The most pressure I felt was a few years ago when I was desperately trying to stay ahead of the show. There was a point when the show was coming out in April and my editors said if I could finish the book by December they’d rush it out. And the pressure I felt that fall was the greatest pressure I’ve ever felt and then at a certain point it became apparent I’m not going to finish it by then. 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.”
It is good to see that Martin will not let a lot affect how he wants to end his story. With two books left to end the series, it is probably going to be a while for Game of Thrones fans to wait.