George R.R. Martin is going on his eighth year of writing the sixth book in his A Song of Ice and Fire series. But now that HBO’s Game of Thrones is over, fans may be pleasantly surprised at the newfound pace of the epic saga’s author.
In a new interview with The Guardian, Martin revealed that the ending written by HBO showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff “is freeing.” He also said the show wasn’t “good for me,” because it hindered his work.
“The very thing that should have speeded me up actually slowed me down,” he said. “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.’”
“You can’t please everybody, so you’ve got to please yourself,” the author told the paper. “There were a couple of years where, if I could have finished the book, I could have stayed ahead of the show for another couple of years, and the stress was enormous.”