A YouTube account dedicated to the Game of Thrones phenomenon has just republished a clip of an interview he gave several years ago, discussing his character development and writing process. And as work on next book The Winds of Winter continues, his words could even now explain why it’s taking so long – especially given how vast his universe has become.
When asked if he regrets anything he’s written, because it’s made things trickier further down the line, George RR Martin said: “No. There are a few things that you’re not aware of because as a gardener with the kind of writing style that I use, I go down a lot of dead ends.
“So there are moments of ‘why the hell did I do that?’, but they never appear in the books.
“I see that before the book comes out, and I rip out that chapter or revise that chapter so something different happens instead, and it feels better – works better for me.
“Hopefully none of those things make it into print.”
The author added: “I look back on things I wrote 20 years ago, before Game of Thrones… and I see from the benefit of hindsight things I could have done differently or better. But still.”
Speaking about some smaller mistakes he may have made along the way, aside form larger story decisions, he joked: “I am bad with eye colour… and I have a horse that changes sex.
“He’s not supposed to change sex, or she’s not supposed to change sex, but she does.
“I think it was Bran’s horse. Changes from a mare or a gelding or something in between books.
“That was pointed out to me by my fans. My fans are very eagle-eyed. They miss nothing, you bloody b*****ds!”
The Winds of Winter is the next A Song Of Ice And Fire book – currently eight years behind its predecessor.
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Its storylines initially followed those of the books, but have long since overtaken them and followed their own narrative path.
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