Game of Thrones creator George RR Martin has claimed he was pretty much “out of the loop” on the TV show from Season 5 onwards. Back in 2015 the fifth season took most of its material from A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons.
By the time the season concluded it had already started to draw on material ostensibly from The Winds of Winter. This is the long-unpublished sixth novel in the series.
Now, out while promoting the upcoming HBO spin-off prequel series House of the Dragon, Martin was again asked about the later seasons of the TV show by the New York Times. Martin said:
“By season five and six — and certainly seven and eight — I was pretty much out of the loop.”
Martin is said to be more involved with House of the Dragon, and was involved in the selection of writer Ryan Condal as second showrunner alongside Miguel Sapochnik. He is said to have remained a close collaborator.
The show will tell the story of the Targaryen family 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones. Martin also conformed he is still working on The Winds of Winter and promised:
“…my ending will be very different…”
This is in reference to the ending of the TV show that many fans felt was a let-down. The ongoing delays to The Winds of Winter have become something of a recurring joke to many, and massive frustration to others. It has been ten years since the last book was published.
House of the Dragon stars Paddy Considine and Matt Smith. It is released on 21 August.