George R.R. Martin is speaking out about the divisive final season of Game of Thrones, and it is pretty much what we all expected.
Digital Spy reports that the 71-year-old author sat down with Fast Company, and was asked to share his thoughts about the differences between his books and the HBO adaptation. Martin admitted that showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss weren’t "completely faithful" to his vision in the last season, and that working with Hollywood in adapting such extensive novels can be “traumatic."
Martin explained that this is 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.”
He did sympathize a bit with the network, however, explaining that, had they been completely true to his manuscripts, the series would “have to run another five seasons.” (Sounds like a dream come true to me).
Though we got a little shorted on the show, Martin wants his fans to know that the final two books of his novel series will not disappoint. He revealed:
"I am working in a very different medium than David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss], never forget. They had six hours for this final season... I expect these last two books of mine will fill 3000 manuscript pages between them before I'm done... and if more pages and chapters and scenes are needed, I'll add them."
That is definitely something to look forward to, but, much like the Westerosi winter, we don’t quite know when exactly the conclusion to A Song of Ice and Fire is coming.