George R.R. Martin, author of 'Game of Thrones'

George R.R. Martin “Never Anticipated” Show Would Outpace Books

The conclusion of Game of Thrones is almost here, and George R.R. Martin definitely has a lot to reflect on. The most bittersweet lesson learned only in hindsight must be that he wasn’t as far along with the books as he’d thought.

“It’s been an incredible ride,” Martin told EW. “And almost all of it has been great. Obviously, I wished I finished these books sooner so the show hadn’t gotten ahead of me. I never anticipated that.”


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It’s been eight years since A Dance With Dragons was published, all the way back in 2011. (Yes, that was eight years ago. The passage of time is both horrifying and incomprehensible.) But despise all his time spent writing in a remote cabin, A Dream of Spring, the final book in Martin’s A Song Of Ice And Fire series, won’t appear on your bookshelf anytime soon. Even the penultimate chapter of the series, The Winds Of Winter, has no determined publication date.

Martin is not the only one to have “mixed feelings” about the show concluding separately from the novels. Dedicated fans who read and revere the original source material are skeptical of the show’s ability to match the quality of Martin’s masterful writing. Forbes contributor and superfan Erik Kain writes:

Ever since the show departed from the books we’ve seen a slip in quality. Without Martin’s careful plotting and superb prose, Game of Thrones feels hurried and generic. I still love the show, but it’s lost that special something that Martin brought to the table.


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While the televised Game of Thrones still manages to keep fans on the edges of their seats, it is nice to see George R.R. Martin’s work appreciated. Maybe we’ll appreciate it even more when it’s available for pre-order.

Game of Thrones returns on April 14.




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