George R.R. Martin has revealed that he has “mixed feelings” about Game Of Thrones finishing on-screen before his book series has ended, and also mentions that he hasn’t read the final season scripts for the show.
Chatting to Entertainment Weekly, on the topic of the Game Of Thrones TV show ending before his book series (which the show is based on), Martin admitted that he has “mixed feelings about that.”
“It’s been an incredible ride,” he added. “And almost all of it has been great. Obviously, I wished I finished these books sooner so the show hadn’t gotten ahead of me. I never anticipated that.”
The sixth book in his series, The Winds Of Winter, is still yet to be released. And a seventh book, A Dream Of Spring, is in Martin’s pipeline as well. Meanwhile, the Game Of Thrones TV show has surged ahead towards its own conclusion. The show’s final season will air this year.
“I haven’t read the [final-season] scripts and haven’t been able to visit the set because I’ve been working on Winds [Of Winter],” Martin revealed later in the article. “I know some of the things. But there’s a lot of minor-character [arcs] they’ll be coming up with on their own [for the TV show]. And, of course, they passed me several years ago. There may be important discrepancies.”
Game Of Thrones will premiere its final season on HBO, Sky Atlantic and Now TV on April 14th. Martin’s The Winds Of Winter novel does not yet have a firm release date.
We’ll keep you posted as we hear more.