Martin just gave a huge podcast interview talking about his career. Of course, Game of Thrones was a major part of the conversation as the author revealed how it all began. He also opened up about his feelings at having his books adapted for television. With such an enormous fan backlash and division over how the HBO show wrapped up Martin’s tales, he gives his own opinions on the process.
Martin bluntly told Marlin on Movies: “I didn’t think it could be done.
“I worked in Hollywood as a writer for ten years… Although I did pretty well there was a theme I always got when I turned in a script, which was ‘We love this but it’s way too expensive. You have to scale it down…'”
“I would do it but I always liked my first drafts better.”
So when the time came to leave Hollywood and write Game of Thrones, Martin did the exact opposite of creating something that would work for television or film.
He added: “I thought, ‘I’m writing a series of novels here. I don’t have to worry about budgets, what’s producible. I’m gonna write something as big as my imagination with as many settings and character as I want with castles like no castle ever built on Earth. I can have dragons, dire wolves, battles with thousands of people on either side.
“And no, it will never be made into television, it is absolutely unproducible.
“As irony would have it that is what became the biggest hit in television and the thing my name will always be associated with, as opposed all the shows and movies I wrote deliberately designed to be producible.”
Whatever fans feel on either sides of the debate over how HBO plotted the end of the series, nobody can deny how incredible it looked on screen.
HBO took the creation of a fantasy world to a new level and smashed the very barriers Martin himself had once believed in.
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