George R R Martin believes 'Game of Thrones' show wasn't good for him

Published: August 19, 2019
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FILE PHOTO - Co-executive producer George R.R. Martin arrives for the season premiere of HBO's "Game of Thrones" in San Francisco, California, U.S. on March 23, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

FILE PHOTO - Co-executive producer George R.R. Martin arrives for the season premiere of HBO's "Game of Thrones" in San Francisco, California, U.S. on March 23, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

Author George R R Martin believes the hit HBO show, Game of Thrones “slowed” him down on the path to completing his book series.

Based on Martin’s fantasy novel A Song of Ice and Fire, GoT first aired in 2011 and had its series finale in May this year.

His fifth and most recent volume of the series, A Dance with Dragons, was published in 2011 and he is currently writing the sixth book, The Winds of Winter.

Show's divisive final season smashes record for most nominations by a drama series in a single year. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Show’s divisive final season smashes record for most nominations by a drama series in a single year. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

“I don’t think (the TV series) was very good for me. The very thing that should have sped me up actually slowed me down,” he said.

“Every day I sat down to write and even if I had a good day I’d feel terrible because I’d be thinking, ‘My God, I have to finish the book. I’ve only written four pages when I should have written 40’,” he told The Observer in an interview.

The writer also promised fans that the controversial climax of the TV series will bear no influence on the future novels in the book series.

PHOTO: HBO

PHOTO: HBO

The season finale received more brickbats than bouquets.

Martin said he would stick to his original plan when it comes to the last two novels – The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring.

“It doesn’t change anything at all. You can’t please everybody, so you’ve got to please yourself,” he said, adding that some of the fan theories are right and some are wrong about how things would end in the books.

“They’ll find out when I finish,” he said.

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