In a recent interview with The New York Times, GRR Martin discussed the process of adapting his books to television. Although he is mostly happy with the production and the work by series Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, he does have some criticisms. His biggest issue? The limited number of episodes they get per season. “I’d love to have 13 episodes. With 13 episodes, we could include smaller scenes that we had to cut, scenes that make the story deeper and richer.” He says to the Times in an over the phone interview “I wish we had more episodes.” He shared a similar sentiment recently on the TBS late night talk show Conan, in which he complained about other shows getting a full 13 episodes. While many agree with his sentiment, he doesn’t want that time for big action set pieces and more CGI Dragons, but rather for small character moments that expand upon why characters do the things they do, and what defines their way of thinking.
A recent cover of the Game of Thrones Opening theme by New Orleans band Swamp Donkeys
Another concern for Martin is the iconic Iron Throne of Westeros. Though he personally loves the design, it is very irreflective of his vision. “It’s not the Iron Throne I see when I’m working on ‘THE WINDS OF WINTER.’ (the upcoming 6th book in his series) It’s not the Iron Throne I want my readers to see. The way the throne is described in the books … HUGE, hulking, black and twisted, with the steep iron stairs in front, the high seat from which the king looks DOWN on everyone in the court … my throne is a hunched beast looming over the throne room, ugly and assymetric … The HBO throne is none of those things.”
Game of Thrones’ Season 4 Finale airs this Sunday on HBO.