For novelist George R. R. Martin, 70, the end of the HBO series “Game of Thrones” is a liberation. Now, he enjoys the freedom from the pressure to beat deadlines.
“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,” Martin told The Guardian. “I don’t think it was very good for me because 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, and a good day for me is three or four pages, 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.’”
In 1991, Martin started the epic fantasy novel series “A Song of Ice and Fire” with “A Game of Thrones” as the first volume, which was published in 1996. Four volumes followed namely “A Clash of Kings” in 1998, “A Storm of Swords” in 2000, “A Feast for Crows” in 2005 and “A Dance with Dragons” in 2011.
A television adaptation of “A Song of Ice and Fire,” “Game of Thrones” premiered on April 17, 2011 on HBO in the United States. After 73 episodes in eight seasons, the series concluded on May 19, 2019.
Nine actors appeared as a main cast member in all of the eight seasons of “Game of Thrones.” They are Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Iain Glen as Jorah Mormont, Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, Maisie Williams as Arya Stark, Alfie Allen and Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister.
Currently, Martin is working on the two upcoming volumes of the series. These are “The Winds of Winter” and “A Dream of Spring.”
“But having the show finish is freeing because I’m at my own pace now,” Martin shared. “I have good days and I have bad days and the stress is far less although it’s still there. I’m sure that when I finish ‘A Dream of Spring,’ you’ll have to tether me to the Earth.”
Meanwhile, here is Martin discussing how his final “Game of Thrones” books end: