‘Game Of Thrones’ creator George R.R. Martin is a notoriously slow writer — and he knows it! HollywoodLife.com spoke to the author of the ‘Song Of Ice And Fire’ series of novels and he revealed that he knows the ending — no one man should have that much power.
Season 4 of Game Of Thrones wrapped on June 15, and with Bran’s storyline creeping ever closer to meeting up with events in A Dance With Dragons — the fifth book in the Song Of Ice And Fire series — the deadline to finish The Winds Of Winter is hanging over author George R.R. Martin‘s head! HollywoodLife.com spoke to GRRM exclusively, and he told us that he does know the ending, and that, hilariously, he also wishes he could write faster! Read on for more!
George R.R. Martin: ‘The Books Are The Books And The TV Show Is The TV Show’
Our Q&A with George R.R. Martin below:
HollywoodLife.com: Do you sometimes wish you had completed the books before the show ever started?
George R.R. Martin: “I wish that all the time! (Laughter) That would be so good. I am laying track for a locomotive and it’s coming up very fast and in full speed. I look behind me and I can see the smoke, so I better lay that track…”
Does the show in any way affect how you write the other novels coming up?
“There is a temptation, but I resist the temptation. I began this series in 1991 … and I knew where I was going. It would be a very foolish mistake to change my destination and to rewrite on the fly because of anything that happens with the TV show. I love the TV show and I write one episode a year and I am one of the executive producers, which is two different animals. The books are the books and the TV show is the TV show; you can’t get them confused…” (Editor’s note: Hear that, purists?)
George R.R. Martin Loves When You Film Your Friends’ Horrified Reactions
Where were you when all the hoopla happened with the “Red Wedding” episode?
“I was at home. But I was aware of the storm that went across the internet. I expected it to some extent, because I went through it before 13 years ago. When it came out in book form and suddenly I received emails and mail from people who were very upset about it. I knew we would get the same thing, only magnified, because the internet is much bigger and the TV show has a huge audience.
“But what I didn’t expect was people would set up cameras to capture their friends and loved ones reactions of shock and horror. I was very pleased with the fans of the books keeping the secret so the TV audience could experience the surprise like they did when they originally read it 13 years before.”
George R.R. Martin: I Know The Ending Of ‘Game Of Thrones’
Would you like to see the show end in a film or films?
“I am good either way. There is something to say about ending it with a large feature film. Or maybe even a couple of feature films. It may be necessary to do it that way; I am still writing these last two books, and book six starts with two simultaneous gigantic battles that will dwarf what we did with Blackwater, so, how will they do it? Maybe with a feature film budget.”
Do you know the ending?
“Yes I do, since 1991. I have it.”
Hey, we get it, GRRM — writer’s block is tough. But if you know the ending, get cracking! Time is running out! Winter is coming!!
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? What’s your best guess for the ending of GoT and ASoIaF? Who are Jon’s parents? What will become of Arya? Will it be Daenerys, Stannis, or someone else on the Iron Throne? Let us know!
— Reporting by Russ Weakland, Written by Amanda Michelle Steiner