– This episode of Nerdist News is sponsored by Borderlands 3. Sorry Game of Thrones fans, George R. R. Martin isn’t listening. The final season of Game of Thrones came to a close earlier this year, putting the stamp on all the characters fans had been following
for almost a full decade. Some lived, some died, and some ended up in charge of Westeros for some reason. And because of this closure,
or maybe lack thereof, this last chapter of the hit series was full of highs and
lows for almost everyone, with critics and fans agreeing that it was a mixed bag at best and disappointing at worst. Despite all this, the
2019 Emmy Nominations dropped this week with
the final season scoring a record breaking 33 noms. Just as the cast and crew prepare to take their victory lap at San Diego Comic Con, where fans will be able to
have comments and concerns addressed in a calm and orderly fashion. This is gonna go well. Of course, not all of this
fan drama has gone unnoticed. George R. R. Martin, the writer of the A Song of Ice and Fire book series that the show, Game of
Thrones, was based on opened up to the folks over
at entertainment weekly about how he has handled
all the fan feedback, outrage, and the challenges of
telling the end of the story that we already know the ending of. First up, he broke down
the pressures of responding to fan reactions concerning
certain revelations that occurred over the last two seasons. “The internet affects all this to a degree “it was never affected before. “Like Jon Snow’s parentage. “There were early hints
about who Snow’s parents “were in the books, but only “one reader in 100 put it together. “And before the internet that was fine. “For 99 readers out of 100
when Jon Snow’s parentage “gets revealed it would be,
‘Oh, that’s a great twist!'” Martin then went on to add,
“But in the age of the internet “even if only one person
in 100 figures it out “then that one person posts it online “and the other 99 people read it and go, “‘Oh, that makes sense!’ “Suddenly, the twist you’re
building towards is out there.” Basically he’s saying the
way that readers interact with stories has completely changed since the first book in the
A Song of Ice and Fire series was released in 1996. And when it comes to a
currently running book series that started in an early
internet era full of rich lore and hidden meanings that
spawns many a fan theory he might be one of the few
authors to have faced this issue. He then explained the sinking feeling that comes with his audience suddenly knowing his big twists. “There is a temptation to then change it “in the upcoming books. “‘Oh my God, I screwed up. “‘I have to come up with
something different.’ “But that’s wrong, because
you’ve been planning “for a certain ending and
if you suddenly change “direction just because
somebody figured it out “or because they don’t
like it then it screws up “the whole structure. “So no, I don’t read the fan sites. “I want to write the
book I’ve always intended “to write all along, and when it comes out “they can like it or
they can not like it.” And speaking of that ending,
Martin also addressed the differences between the
final seasons of the show and what will appear in
“The Winds of Winter” and “A Dream of Spring”, the two books that will close out his book series. “The whole last three
years have been strange “since the show got ahead of the books. “Yes, I told showrunners
David Benioff and Dan Weiss “a number of things years ago “and some of them they did do, “but at the same time it’s different. “I have very fixed ideas in my head “as I’m writing ‘The Winds
of Winter’ and beyond that “in terms of where things are going. “It’s like two alternate
realities existing side-by-side.” But that isn’t to say that he was immune to the crunch of the show as
it caught up to his books. “I felt a tremendous amount
of pressure for years now. “The most pressure I
felt was a few years ago “when I was desperately trying
to stay ahead of the show. “There was a point when the
show was coming out in April “and my editor said if
I could finish the book “by December they’d rush it out. “And the pressure I felt that fall was “the greatest pressure I’ve ever felt. “And then at a certain
point it became apparent “I’m not going to finish it by then.” Lucky for Martin, he’s
not letting the pressure get to him any longer. He’s choosing to take the time to tell the story that he wants, saying, “I don’t only want to finish it; “I want to make it as
good as I possibly can. “Since then there’s been pressure, “but not like there was at that point. “There’s no longer a race. “The show is over.” And, of course, he also
gave fans his go-to answer about when we could see the next book. “I’m writing the book. “It will be done when it’s done.” If there is one thing we’re sure of about George R. R. Martin,
it’s that he’s gonna do his own thing in his own time. Trying to get a specific date
from him is a fool’s errand. But what do you folks think? Were you satisfied with the
ending of Game of Thrones? Will you read the next two
books in A Song of Ice and Fire? And, of course, when do you
think “The Winds of Winter” will actually come out? Let’s discuss. Thanks again to Borderlands 3 for sponsoring today’s episode. The original shooter/looter
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