Whether or not you liked the “Game of Thrones” finale, George RR Martin won’t take credit for it.
The fantasy novelist has revealed he’s been “pretty much out of the loop” over the past three seasons of the HBO series, The New York Times reported Thursday.
When asked why he took a step back from production, he replied, “I don’t know – you have to ask Dan and David.”
Martin launched the series called “A Song of Ice and Fire” in 1996, with the first book in the series called “A Game of Thrones”.
The series was picked up by HBO in 2010, helmed by David Benioff and DB Weiss – who initially included the story creator in the production, allowing Martin to tour sets or provide advice to the duo on who to choose.
Benioff and Weiss both used Martin’s books as a starting point – until they finally caught up with the author’s streak in 2011, with the book “A Dance with Dragons”.
To date, the writer has only completed and published five of the seven books planned for the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series. Martin said he was actively working on the upcoming sixth installment, “The Winds of Winter,” while the final three seasons of “Game of Thrones” were being filmed.
Many fans criticized the show’s final season, saying it was too short and disappointed with how things ended. Martin then tried to reassure fans that his books would end “totally differently”.
Recently, Martin took part in the upcoming prequel, “House of the Dragon,” which is set 200 years before “Game of Thrones” begins.
“George, for us in this process has been a really valuable resource,” said HBO Chief Content Officer Casey Bloys.
“He is literally the creator of this world. He is its historian, creator, guardian. And so I can’t imagine doing a show that he didn’t believe in or that he didn’t approve of,” Bloys told The Times.
“House of the Dragon” is set to air on HBO and HBO Max on August 21.