After years as the big juggernaut of all of television, HBO’s “Games of Thrones” ended earlier this year with a final season that was divisive at best.
The most common complaint was the sense that both the seventh and eighth season felt rushed, the writing and characters compromised in a race to wrap up years of storylines in the space of thirteen episodes.
Speaking with Fast Company magazine (via DigitalSpy), author George R.R. Martin reveals that the planned sixth and seventh books in the series, which have both been in the works for many years, will be taking much more time.
He tells the outlet HBO would have needed a lot more time to do a ‘completely faithful’ ending to his series, in fact “it would have to run another five seasons”. Martin indicates he and HBO butted heads constantly about the series as well, the network pushing for creative tweaking due to market research:
“You get totally extraneous things like the studio or the network weighing in, and they have some particular thing that has nothing to do with story, but relates to ‘Well this character has a very high Q Rating so let’s give him a lot more stuff to do’.”
He adds that the things lost in a book-to-screen adaptation “can be…traumatic. Because sometimes their creative vision and your creative vision don’t match, and you get the famous creative differences thing – that leads to a lot of conflict.” The comments follow on from ones earlier this year on his blog where he wrote:
“They [showrunners Benioff and Weiss] had six hours for this final season. I expect these last two books [‘The Winds of Winter’ & ‘A Dream of Spring’] of mine will fill 3000 manuscript pages between them before I’m done… and if more pages and chapters and scenes are needed, I’ll add them.”
There remains no release date for either of his two final books.