George R.R. Martin Says ‘Game of Thrones’ Showrunners Kept Him Out Of The Loop Towards The End

George R.R. Martin: 'Thrones' Showrunners Kept Him Out Of The Loop


With House of the Dragon just a few weeks away from hitting HBO, A Song of Ice and Fire writer George R.R. Martin sat down for a lengthy interview with The New York Times about the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel series.

During the chat, Martin takes a slight shot at Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, saying that they not only kept him “out of the loop” towards the end of the show’s run, but that they’re the ones who should be asked why they did that.

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George R.R. Martin says David Benioff and D.B. Weiss kept him out of the Game of Thrones loop

“By Season 5 and 6, and certainly 7 and 8, I was pretty much out of the loop,” Martin said.

When asked why, he said, “I don’t know — you have to ask Dan and David.” (A representative for Weiss and Benioff declined to comment.)

Martin also — as he has done quite a few times in recent years — reiterated that his ending to the story (if and when he ever publishes the final two books in the saga) will be “very different,” which is perhaps another shot at the much-maligned creative duo.

Martin also said that “The Winds of Winter” — which he conceded is “very, very late” but vowed to finish — diverges from where “Game of Thrones,” the series, went.

“My ending will be very different,” he said. [via The New York Times]

Despite the tumultuous and largely despised final stretch of Game of Thrones episodes, HBO remains heavily committed to the brand as House of the Dragon is just one of about a half-dozen spinoff projects that are currently in the works at the powerhouse network.

Earlier this summer, it was reported that a direct sequel to the hit fantasy series — with Kit Harington attached to return as Jon Snow — was in development. Not only that, but it was Harington and his own personal team of writers that reportedly pitched the idea to Martin and HBO execs.

House of the Dragon will premiere on HBO on Sunday, August 21.

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