“Game of Thrones” fans are known to have strong opinions about how the HBO series adapts George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels, but Martin is sick of hearing them. The fantasy author took to his blog Wednesday to tell viewers to stop emailing him about the popular television show.
["Game of Thrones" Season 5 spoiler alert]
The past few episodes of “Game of Thrones” Season 5 have been polarizing for loyal readers of Martin’s books. The show has killed off characters who are still alive and kicking in the books – Ser Barristan (Ian McElhinney), Shireen Baratheon (Kerry Ingram) – and added major scenes that were not included in the books – the controversial rape of Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner).
The changes have stirred some impassioned opinions from fans, but Martin does not want any part of the discussion. The author posted in his blog, Not a Blog, pleading for fans to stop emailing him their complaints about the show.
“Wars are breaking out on other fronts, centered around the last few episodes of ‘Game of Thrones,’” wrote Martin. “It is not my intention to get involved in those, nor to allow them to take over my blog and website, so please stop emailing me about them, or posting off-topic comments here on my Not a Blog. Wage those battles on Westeros, or Tower of the Hand, or Boiled Leather, or Winter Is Coming, or Watchers on the Walls. Anyplace that isn't here, actually.”
Martin went on to explain that he has no control over decisions made by the writers of the HBO series or any differences from the books they implement.
“Yes, I know that The Hollywood Reporter named me "the third most powerful writer in Hollywood" last December,” wrote Martin. “You would be surprised at how little that means. I cannot control what anyone else says or does, or make them stop saying or doing it, be it on the fannish or professional fronts. What I can control is what happens in my books, so I am going to return to that chapter I've been writing on ‘The Winds of Winter’ now, thank you very much.”
Speaking of “The Winds of Winter,” the author is still working on the highly anticipated next installment of the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, but no release date has been announced. Meanwhile, the “Game of Thrones” Season 5 finale airs Sunday at 9 p.m. EDT on HBO.
Watch the promo for the Season 5 finale below: