GoT's George R.R. Martin calls the internet 'toxic'
Fans have depised the final season of Game Of Thrones. The six-part eighth season is one of the most controversial endings to a major TV show in recent history and fans have been pretty vocal about their feelings.
Kit Harington recently told critics to "go f**k themselves" and Isaac Hempstead-Wright explained how “it’s so difficult to finish a series as popular as this without p**sing some people off,” the cast have been open about how they feel about the show's ending.
The actor - who plays Jon Snow in Game of Thrones, admitted to feeling "quite defiant" over the incredible fan backlash over the final six episodes, including calls to re-write and re-shoot the last season.
The creator of the Westeros universe, author George R R Martin has now spoken up about the show's fans.
He said on a recent podcast: “The Internet is toxic in a way that old fanzine culture and fandoms — comics fans, science fiction fans — in those days, was not,” Martin said. “There were disagreements. There were feuds, but nothing like the madness that you see on the internet.”
Trying to be the voice of reason among the sea of disapproval, Martin tried to calm down the fans and said that the yet to be released books will be slightly different to the TV series. How different will the last two books be? Well, we're yet to know a release date for the books so fans will have to wait a long time to find out.
He wrote on his blog: “The same ending as the show? Different? Well… yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes. I am working in a very different medium than David and Dan [the TV show creators Benioff and Weiss], never forget. They had six hours for this final season. I expect these last two books of mine will fill 3000 manuscript pages between them before I’m done… and if more pages and chapters and scenes are needed, I’ll add them.”
Despite all the excitement over three new Game of Thrones spin-offs being announced, he is of the opinion that nothing he will do again will ever reach the same levels again.
“The scale of ‘Game of Thrones’s’ success has — reaching all over the world and invading the culture to [such an extent] — it’s not something anyone could ever anticipate, not something I expect to ever experience again,” Martin said.