The Game of Thrones finale was met with a storm of criticism from fans for both its unusually short length, and for how the quickened pace seemingly fumbled up character motivations. The concern has been growing since the seventh season of the show. A petition demanding HBO to reshoot it from scratch has been signed by more that a million of its viewers.
The shows creator, George R.R. Martin, stated “It doesn’t change anything at all … You can’t please everybody, so you’ve got to please yourself.”
In a rare interview with the Observer, Martin said, “I don’t think (the TV series) was very good for me, The very thing that should have speeded me up actually slowed me down. Every day I sat down to write and even if I had a good day… I’d feel terrible because I’d be thinking: ‘My God, I have to finish the book. I’ve only written four pages when I should have written 40.”
When asked if Martin missed the old days, The writer said: “Yeah. Honestly I do. I mean, I can’t go into a bookstore any more, and that used to be my favorite thing to do in the world. To go in and wander from stack to stack, take down some books, read a little, leave with a big stack of things I’d never heard of when I came in. Now when I go to a bookstore, I get recognised within 10 minutes and there’s a crowd around me. So you gain a lot but you also lose things.”
Martin gave an update on the Winds of Winter book back in April, saying it was "going very well lately."