Game of Thrones Needed 13 Seasons To Be Completely Faithful Says George R.R. Martin
George R.R. Martin feels that Game of Thrones needed thirteen seasons to be a faithful adaptation. Based on the novels by Martin Song of Ice and Fire, the HBO series began airing in 2011 and quickly became a cultural phenomenon. The show ended earlier this year with season 8, which was a divisive outing for Game of Thrones, to say the least.
The first six seasons of Game of Thrones lasted ten episodes each, with previous years very close to the source material. However, Martin released his fifth novel in the series the same year the show was released and has been famously delayed while writing the next installment. For some seasons, it seemed that the show was taking its time in an effort not to overtake the books. When it became clear that Game of Thrones was moving beyond Martin’s novels, suddenly the glacial pacing the series had become known for began to speed up exponentially. Season 7 and season 8 were seven and six episodes, respectively, and many fans felt that the story needed more time to develop. It seems that Martin agrees.
Speaking to Fast Company (via Digital Spy), the author explained: “The [final] series has been … not completely faithful. Otherwise, it would have to run another five seasons.” Martin also talked about the process of adapting his novels. , admitting, “It can be … traumatic.” He continued: “Because sometimes their creative vision and your creative vision do not match, and you get the famous creative difference, which generates many conflicts.” Martin also mentioned the difficulties of dealing with the opinions of the network and studio above everything else.
This is not the first time Martin mentions that he has problems adapting his work or expressed his sadness because the series ended so soon. The author previously stated that the television show Game of Thrones was not very good for him. He is obviously grateful for the immense success of the series, but in terms of his continued effort to complete his novels, it seems to have been an obstacle. Game of Thrones may have come to an end, but there is more than one spin-off in process, so HBO is not yet done with the world Martin has created.
Any author will tell you that a good ending is incredibly difficult to write. There really was no way to please everyone, but there is also no denying that the last two seasons of Game of Thrones, particularly season 8, felt rushed in the eyes of many viewers. It does feel like showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss may have done the story a disservice by seemingly racing towards a conclusion. However, they were out of source material to draw from and that must’ve been panic-inducing. At this point, it’s best to accept that the show and the books are completely different animals. Fans are still anxiously awaiting getting their hands on the next installment in A Song of Ice and Fire and there are still two novels that have yet to come out. One thing is certain, when The Winds of Winter is finally released, it won’t feel as though the story was rushed.