Whether you liked the “Game of Thrones” finale or not, George R.R. Martin won’t be credited for it.
The fictional novelist revealed that he was “largely out of the loop” during the last three seasons of the HBO series, The New York Times reported Thursday.
When asked why he backed out of production, he replied, “I don’t know — you have to ask Dan and David.”
Martin launched a series called A Song of Ice and Fire in 1996, and the first book in the series was called Game of Thrones.
The series was picked up by HBO in 2010, led by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss—who initially included a story maker in production, allowing Martin to visit sets or provide the duo with advice on who to cast.
Benioff and Weiss both used Martin’s books as a starting point – until they finally met the author’s series in 2011, with “A Dance with Dragons.”
To this day, the writer has completed and published only five of the seven planned books of the A Song of Ice and Fire series. Martin said he was busy working on the upcoming sixth installment, “The Winds of Winter,” while the last 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 the way things turned out. Martin later tried to reassure fans by saying that his books would end up “completely different.”
“George has been, to us, in the process a truly valuable resource,” HBO Chief Content Officer Casey Blows said.
“He is literally the creator of this world. He is its historian, its creator, its preserver. And so I can’t imagine making a show that he doesn’t believe in or doesn’t endorse,” Bloys told The Times.
“House of the Dragon” is set to fly on its way to HBO and HBO Max On August 21.
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