George R.R. Martin relieved “Game of Thrones” TV series is over

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Author George R.R. Martin expressed relieve that the TV series ‘Game of Thrones’ based on his books, has come to an end.

Martin told “The Guardian” the stress of finishing his next book to “stay ahead” of the show was “enormous.”

Martin released the fifth book in the fantasy series in 2011, as the drama was just hitting viewers’ TV screens.

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The author of the television hit drama Game of Thrones George R.R. Martin

While Martin explained to “The Guardian” that the show “completely changed” his life, he added that “having the show finish is freeing, because I’m at my own pace now,” said the author. “I have good days and I have bad days and the stress is far less, although it’s still there … I’m sure that when I finish ‘A Dream of Spring’ you’ll have to tether me to the Earth.”

In April, he was quoted as saying that he was initially “completely confident,” that he could churn out the last two books in the series — “Winds of Winter” and “A Dream of Spring” — before the show needed new material. But as Martin explained to the “The Guardian,” the pressure to complete the novels so quickly just wasn’t conducive to his working style.

The fifth season of the series largely reached the end of the source material in Martin’s last-written book, “A Dance with Dragons.” And the final three seasons of the hit went on without the author’s new text. He wasn’t totally removed from the creative process.

When asked whether the show’s ending – which received mixed responses from both critics and fans – affects his own, he is clear. “No, it doesn’t. It doesn’t change anything at all… As Rick Nelson says in Garden Party, one of my favourite songs, you can’t please everybody, so you’ve got to please yourself.”


Via The Guardian

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