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I'm glad it's Game over, says Thrones author Martin

Author George RR Martin
Author George RR Martin
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen and Kit Harington as Jon Snow

By Jacob Stolworthy

Novelist George RR Martin has suggested he is happy that TV's Game Of Thrones has come to an end.

The author of the HBO show's source material admitted that the fantasy series slowed down his progress writing the final two books, which have been in the works for years.

In an interview with The Observer, he said: "I don't think [the TV series] was very good for me. 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… 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.'"

Game Of Thrones came to an end in May with its eighth and final season. The final few episodes attracted a large amount of criticism, with many fans and some of the show's actors feeling showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss rushed the conclusion.

It turns out that Martin paid the reaction no attention. According to the author, he let fans have their theories and steered clear of the backlash.

"I took myself out of all that," he said. "Some of [the theories] are right and some of [the theories] are wrong. They'll find out when I finish."

He said the reaction wouldn't affect his writing.

"No, it doesn't. It doesn't change anything at all… you can't please everybody, so you've got to please yourself," he said.

Asked if he missed the early days of his fame, the author told The Observer: "Yeah, honestly I do. I mean, I can't go into a bookstore any more, and that used to be my favourite 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 recognised within 10 minutes and there's a crowd around me. So you gain a lot, but you also lose things."

The most recent book in Martin's A Song Of Ice And Fire series, A Dance With Dragons, came out in 2011. He's yet to complete work on the sixth and seventh books, titled The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring. Martin has also helped to develop a prequel series, starring Naomi Watts, which recently completed filming.

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