George R. R. Martin was apparently concerned about “Game of Thrones” years before it ended on HBO.
“GoT” was arguably the greatest show on TV for several seasons, especially the earliest ones, but it all came crashing down by the end of season eight. (REVIEW: ‘Westworld’ Season 3 Ends With The Possible Deaths Of Multiple Characters)
The ending was hot garbage and Martin could apparently see the writing on the wall that things wouldn’t end well.
“George loves Dan [Weiss] and Dave [Benioff], but after season five, 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.’ The first five seasons stuck to George’s roadmap. Then they went off George’s roadmap,” Martin’s representative Paul Haas explained to author James Andrew Miller for the upcoming book “Tinderbox: HBO’s Ruthless Pursuit of New Frontiers,” according to Uproxx.
I hate to play Monday morning quarterback here ,but if Martin could see the writing on the wall, why didn’t he step in and do something? Wouldn’t that have been the best option on the table?
Instead, Martin watched as HBO took one of the greatest shows on TV and put it in steep decline throughout all of season eight.
The only part of the ending that made sense was Sansa taking over the North. The rest of it was an unmitigated disaster.
Instead of Martin stepping up and stopping HBO for giving fans an atrocious ending, he apparently thought it’d be best to just criticize it later. Not great, Georgie! Not great!