More than two years following the highly frustrating final season of HBO’s hit series, “Game of Thrones”, George R.R. Martin, the author of the “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series from which the series was adapted, finally expressed his sincere thoughts about the end of the show.

According to the new book “Tinderbox: HBO’s Ruthless Pursuit of New Frontiers” by entertainment author, James Andrew Miller, Martin’s representative Paul Haas has this to say about the series that had David Benioff and Dan Weiss as the showrunners.


“George loves Dan and Dave, but after season 5, he did start to worry about the path they were [going down] because George knows where the story goes. He started saying, ‘You’re not following my template’,” said Haas. “The first 5 seasons stuck to George’s roadmap. Then they went off George’s roadmap.”

As for reports that it was Martin’s idea to put Bran Stark on the throne in the final season, Haas stressed that the author has not told anybody at all the answer to who finally gets the throne – contradicting previous statements made by Benioff and Weiss.

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George R.R. Martin says he never said Bran will become king in the end
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Martin is the author of “A Song of Ice and Fire”

Fans began noticing that the series was veering off from the books beginning season 5, from the decision not to bring back Michelle Fairley to play the undead Catelyn Stark character named Lady Stoneheart, a somewhat important character in the books, as well as foregoing all the storylines concerning Dorne’s politics and the emergence of the character named Young Griff/Aegon Targaryen.

It is also noted that Martin stopped writing for the show beginning the fifth season, which marks the change of direction of the show from the books.

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The series decided to forgo the storyline concerning Lady Stoneheart and Dorne politics…
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…for a Jaime and Bronn adventure in Dorne