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In a recent interview with The Guardian, George R.R. Martin candidly discussed the ways in which the immeasurably popular Game of Thrones TV series has affected him, both as a writer and as a human being.
Martin is known for writing at a slow pace, a practice that’s followed him from childhood, but the popularity of his work has put Martin under an immense amount of pressure.
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Martin told The Guardian:
“I don’t think it was very good for me, because the very thing that should have speeded me up actually slowed me down. Every day I sat down to write and even if I had a good day – and a good day for me is three or four pages – 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.’ But having the show finish is freeing, because I’m at my own pace now.”
George R.R. Martin With G.O.T. star Maisie Williams/Image via Vanity Fair
Martin is currently working on finishing The Winds of Winter, which will be followed by A Dream of Spring, and fans are incredibly anxious to get their hands on these works despite the fact that it will likely be years before either sees the light of day.
Now that the TV series has ended and fans have a little more time to hypothesize, googling Game of Thrones will lead you to hundreds of articles all speculating the release dates of these novels. Some claim that Martin has finished writing The Winds of Winter but is hiding it from the public, others assert that it’s impossible for Martin to finish in his lifetime.
As one would expect, being picked apart by the masses day in and day out would have a significant effect on anyone, and Martin admits he’s nostalgic for the days when Game of Thrones had garnered only a small and dedicated audience.
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“When I first went to a Brotherhood Without Banners party there would be a few dozen people there, and I became quite friendly with some of them, and every time I attended I would meet new ones and spend time with them and run trivia contests for them. It was great but, as the books became more and more successful and then the show became a hit, so the parties became bigger and bigger and more and more crowded. They still have those parties and they’re still great, and I’m still friendly with the people I met back in 2001 and 2002, but I can’t meet the new people any more because there are too many. I’m sure they’re just as delightful as the old people, but I don’t want to go to a party where an unending succession of people want to take selfies with me, because that’s not fun the way it was in the old days. That’s work.”
On top of this shift in his professional life, Martin has also been forced to alter his personal life around his celebrity.
“I can’t go into a bookstore any more, and that used to be my favorite thing to do in the world. To go in and wander from stack to stack, take down some books, read a little, leave with a big stack of things I’d never heard of when I came in. Now when I go to a bookstore, I get recognized within 10 minutes and then there’s a crowd around me. So you gain a lot but you also lose things.”
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However, Martin has had a couple of years to acclimate to a life of fame, and with the show ending he seems to have relaxed from the stress of keeping up with the series.
“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.”
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According to The Huffington Post, George R.R. Martin, famed creator of A Song of Ice and Fire, which were the basis for Game of Thrones, has had it with the show’s fandom. He admitted he finds a ‘toxic’ atmosphere to online fandoms when he was a guest on ‘Maltin On Movies’ where he commented on the backlash to the ending of Game of Thrones, which was not warmly received by the fanbase (to say the least). He said that the internet has amplified toxic fandom to new heights, which was nothing like the old days of science fiction and fantasy communities. Martin directly said:
The Internet is toxic in a way that the old fanzine culture and fandoms — comics fans, science fiction fans in those days – was not. There were disagreements. There were feuds, but nothing like the madness that you see on the internet.
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The divisive reaction to the show’s reaction has effectively lit the show’s fandom on fire. There have been fan petitions, calling for the entire eighth season to be remade. Cast members such as Sophie Turner have criticized these petitions, calling them ‘disrespectful’ to the show’s creators and creative team. Criticism has been labeled against the show’s final series for ‘bad writing’, a rushed conclusion to the previous seven seasons of buildup, and complaints against decisions such as Daenerys burning King’s Landing to the ground despite the city’s surrender.
Still, the backlash seems to be a bit out of control. Maybe George is right and we should all calm down a little. After all, this IS just a tv show and these are just fictional characters. It may have been bad but that doesn’t negate the wonderful experience and remarkable achievement that Game of Thrones ultimately was. Plus, we have the books still to look forward to (if they ever come out) and more Game of Thrones spinoffs on the horizon, including a series about the origins of the White Walkers starring Naomi Watts.
What are your thoughts on the fandom backlash? Let us know in the comments!
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Game of Thrones may be over but information is still being revealed regarding the future of the series and character’s fates beyond the closing credits. Viewers said goodbye to many characters, including fan favorite Grey Worm, portrayed by Jacob Anderson. Grey Worm was last scene in the final episode setting sail for Naath with the other Unsullied. Naath was the homeland of Missandei, who perished at the hands of Cersei. The Unsullied journeyed there to honor Missandei’s memory but unfortunately, according to Jacob Anderson and Floor8, Grey Worm’s final fate isn’t a happy one.
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The Game of Thrones spinoff book A World of Ice and Fire reveals some unpleasant facts about Naath, which is known as the Isle of Butterflies due to its huge and deadly butterfly population. Each butterfly carries a disease that targets foreigners. George R.R. Martin wrote about the isle in this grim passage:
Fever is the first sign of the plague, followed by painful spasms that make it seem as if victims are dancing wildly and uncontrollably. In the last stage, the afflicted sweat blood, and their flesh sloughs from their bones.
Yikes. Well, you can see where this is going.
Jacob Anderson revealed in an interview MTV Movie Awards, where he revealed the Unsullied are all going to die, probably as soon they land on Naath’s shores. He noted that although this bit of lore wasn’t in the show, but the creators, David Benioff and D.B. Wise, told him it was real after he asked about it. So yeah, the Unsullied are just going to die as soon as they land on Naath, which is a bit of a downer.
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Well, that’s a disappointing end for the character but its at least not ‘explicitly’ canon, so you’re free to disregard it. Or don’t and accept that Grey Worm dies a horrible death of butterfly related diseases. No happy endings in Game of Thrones, right?
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