Happy Friday 3.5 Readers.
Robert Kirkman of Walking Dead fame recently said in an interview that he would not allow a network to take control of his show the way George RR Martin has.
My two cents:
a) GRRM is almost 70 years old. Though I’m sure he is enjoying all the attention his life’s work is getting, it did come at the end, not exactly at a time when he could enjoy all the accompanying fame and fortune. He needs to balance the need to get his last novels in the series done with not wearing himself out to the point where he keels over.
b) HBO has done a great job. Currently, we’re in the first season in which the show begins to diverge from Martin’s books (the show has progressed farther past the point where GRRM has written) and the consensus is that it has been the most riveting season yet. That’s to trash Martin. He has been advising HBO on what he intends to do next and they are carrying it out.
I don’t know. I don’t mean to knock Kirkman either as the Walking Dead is also pretty great.
I just think GRRM and Kirkman are in two different places. Kirkman is young enough he can still run the show whereas Martin needs extra naps.
What say you, 3.5 readers?