R.R. Martin, the renowned American novelist whose epic fantasy, ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ is adopted by HBO as Game of Thrones opined that his upcoming projects could never create the success that Game of Thrones has received. Interestingly, the author is working on the three spin-offs of the renowned HBO series, which was ended with its eighth season on May 19.
The author was on ‘Maltin on Movies’ podcast where he discussed Game of Thrones and other related things. Show’s hosts were Leonard Maltin who is a film critic and his daughter, Jessie Maltin.
He expressed that Game of Thrones worldwide success is not something anyone can ever believe or he can experience again. His words for the appraisal were “The scale of Game of Thrones‘ success has — reaching all over the world and invading the culture to (such an extent) — it’s not something anyone could ever anticipate, not something I expect ever to experience again.”
While referencing central maxims “Nobody knows anything” of William Goldman’s book ‘Adventures in the Screen Trade,’ he said that the same thing he experienced with Game of Thrones. Meanwhile, he also revealed this book was suggested by his agent back in the 1990s when he started screenwriting. “My experience with Game of Thrones confirms that Goldman had it right: Nobody knows anything. Don’t let anyone tell you what’s produce-able, not produce-able.”
He added that Goldman was right as no one can tell what will appease the audience.
What did Martin say About Fans’ Reaction on GOT Season 8?
Martin also talked about the backlash Game of Thrones final season received from the viewers. The fans claimed that the finale which was not liked by many was made in a hurry by the HBO. A petition to remake the final season was also filed which has around 1.6 million signatures on it.
To this reaction of fans, Martin stated the internet as ‘toxic.’ His opinion for this is “The Internet is toxic in a way that old fanzine culture and fandoms — comics fans, science fiction fans — in those days, was not. There were disagreements. There were feuds, but nothing like the madness that you see on the internet.”