George R.R. Martin, creator of the epic fantasy saga that is Game of Thrones, just revealed in a new Entertainment Weekly interview that he feels no rush to finish the last two A Song of Fire and Ice books. Also, if you were wondering if the show’s divisive ending will affect how he writes them, the answer is no.
“I don’t read the fan sites. I want to write the book I’ve always intended to write all along. And when it comes out they can like it or they can not like it,” he told EW, before moving on to addressing the pressure he felt while the show was on air.
“I felt a tremendous amount of pressure for years now. The most pressure I felt was a few years ago when I was desperately trying to stay ahead of the show. There was a point when the show was coming out in April and my editors said if I could finish the book by December they’d rush it out.”
As a TV show, Game of Thrones ran out of source material from Martin in season five, back in 2015. He says that pressure has depleted since then and now that the show is over, there’s no rush at all to finish the final two novels.
“I don’t only want to finish it, I want to make it as good as I possibly can. Since then there’s been pressure but not like there was at that point. There’s no longer a race. The show is over. I’m writing the book. It will be done when it’s done.”