“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, “he explained. “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.’ But having the show finish is freeing, because I’m at my own pace now. 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.”
He then went on to reiterate that the mixed reception to the show’s finale won’t affect his own take on the material, and he clearly doesn’t seem interested in discussing the show all that much at all.
“It doesn’t change anything at all … You can’t please everybody, so you’ve got to please yourself.”
It will be interesting to see how Martin’s novels differ from the divisive final season of the HBO series (or if they even make it to the end in the first place).
We can’t wait to read A Dream of Spring when it’s done.
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