'Game Of Thrones' Books Vs. Show Has George R.R. Martin Sad About One Character
This weekend, the seventh season of Game of Thrones will start airing on HBO. While we've all been focusing on Sansa this, and Jon Snow that, this day means more to one person than it might any other: George R.R. Martin, the man who first started writing the books the series is based on, way back in 1991.
Time Magazine did interviews with the cast and the writers over the last two weeks, but it saved the interview with Martin for last. Martin, as we know, is in a very unusual position for a writer. Most of those who have their works adapted for screen have usually finished the series before the adaptation starts. Only J.K. Rowling has done the same, agreeing to allow a series to start filming before the books were done.
But while Rowling kept a frantic pace and stayed ahead of the Harry Potter films, Martin procrastinated, feeling that he had time before they caught up with him. Until, one day, he didn't.
Though fans around the world now have very fixed ideas about the characters he's still working on shaping, he insists it doesn't effect him.
And those changes, to him, truly began when they chose to cut a character he was very attached to: Lady Stoneheart.
Martin admits he was very attached to Catelyn Stark as a character. So much so that when it came time to write the Red Wedding in A Storm of Swords, he skipped it. The entire book was finished, and he still hadn't written it.
He says part of the reason he created Stoneheart was because he couldn't let go of Catelyn. But, despite wanting to bring her back, he knew he couldn't just resurrect her.
Unlike J.R.R. Tolkien, or others who bring back characters who died in their novels, Martin wanted to make sure that having been dead touches the character in some way, be it Stoneheart, or Beric Dondarrion, or even Jon Snow.
Even without Lady Stoneheart in the show, he says he's very proud of how his female characters have touched readers.
Game of Thrones Season 7 starts Sunday, July 16 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO. As for The Winds of Winter, we hope to hear about it soon.