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George R. R. Martin on Game Of Thrones Season 8: “I don't think it should be the final season”



Game of Thrones is coming to an end after nearly a decade of filming. The show was adapted from a series of novels by George R. R. Martin, called A Song of Ice and Fire. The show surpassed the storyline of the books a long time ago, and as we now go into the final season, the book series remains two books away from completion. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Martin revealed he thinks the show could use some more length. Read on!

Speaking of the end of the show, George said:

“I don’t think it should be the final season. But here we are. It seems to me we just started last week. Has it been longer than that? The time has passed by in a blur. But it’s exciting. I know it’s an end, but it’s not much of an end for me. I’m still deep in writing the books. We saw five other sequel shows in development. I think I’m going to be hanging around Westeros while everyone else has left. (Laughs.)”

He also talked about how happy he is with the progress of the prequel show that’s currently under development. He was then asked about how it was to develop characters like Daenerys and Jon:

“I do it all the time. If you read my book that came out in November, Fire and Blood … boy, I invented a ton of new characters. I wish I was 30 years old instead of 70. I would have more time to write many, many more books about all of these characters. But it is what it is! That was a history book in format, so I just told the stories as summary narratives.”

He also talked about crafting the death of characters, and how he knew when it was time to kill someone off:

With the major characters, I have had the beats of this planned out since 1994 or 1995. Sometimes, the minor characters, you’re writing a scene about a viewpoint character and then you need someone for him or her to play off of. You add a new character. Sometimes, that character comes alive in a way I hadn’t planned. But there he is, in that scene, and he moves in a new direction. That’s the whole gardener approach. The major characters, though, I know the major strokes. Not with some of the people who have barged in afterward.

He also revealed that he wasn’t involved much with Season 8 and the end of the show, and gave us a glimmer of hope for the coming of the remaining books in the series:

“Yeah, I’ve been in isolation. My loyal staff — I have a couple of them with me — have chained me to the typewriter. They’re making me eat healthy food. (Laughs.) It’s horrible!”

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Founder at Wiki of Thrones and a full-time Game of Thrones fan who does other work when he has finished reading and writing about Game of Thrones and also dreams about playing a role in the show.