George R. R. Martin Claims He Was “Out Of The Loop” On Later Seasons Of “Game Of Thrones.”
After season 5, author George R. R. Martin admitted to being less involved with the show.
George R. R. Martin confirmed to The New York Times that his involvement with the show has been significantly reduced since the start of the fifth season. Martin worked as a script and casting consultant for the first four seasons of the HBO show.
George R. R. Martin claimed that by the end of the fifth and sixth seasons, and undoubtedly by the end of the seventh and eighth seasons, he was “pretty much out of the loop.”
When asked why he had distanced himself from the show as showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff took over, Martin said, “I don’t know – you have to ask Dan and David.” Both Weiss and Benioff, according to the article, declined to comment.
George R. R. Martin told 60 Minutes in 2019 that there had been “conversations” about cancelling the show. “I don’t think Dan and Dave’s ending will be all that different from mine because of the conversations we had,” Martin quotes. “However, there could be significant differences between them,”
George R. R. Martin previously told Entertainment Weekly that he turned down a cameo role in the final season of the show in order to focus on writing The Winds of Winter.
“David and Dan invited me to make a cameo in one of the final episodes, and I was tempted to accept,” Martin explained. “However, I didn’t think it was worth my time to return to Belfast for a cameo,” she explained. “There is no way,” to put it simply.
George R. R. Martin has been more involved in the production of the upcoming Game of Thrones spinoff House of the Dragon, which is based on his novel Fire & Blood, than he has been with the later seasons of Game of Thrones.
Casey Bloys, HBO’s chief content officer, was quoted in The New York Times as saying that George has been an invaluable resource for the network. “In the most literal sense, he is the creator of this world.” He built it, knows its history, and maintains it. As a result, it would be unthinkable for me to create a show that he would not support or enjoy.
George R. R. Martin is also working on a number of other Game of Thrones spin-off shows, including an animated series set in Yi Ti, in addition to The Winds of Winter.
On August 21, HBO will premiere House Of The Dragon for the first time.
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