in fact, that would be an understatement. In a recent interview, the franchise creator George RR Martin has given his thoughts on the differences between his books and the show, and how season eight was “not completely faithful”.
He continued disscussing his experience in Hollywood: “You get totally extraneous things like the studio or the network weighing in, and they have some particular thing that has nothing to do with story, but relates to ‘Well this character has a very high Q Rating so let’s give him a lot more stuff to do.”
And speaking more specifically about Game of Thrones, he said: “The [final] series has been… not completely faithful. Otherwise, it would have to run another five seasons.”
The topic of the last season of Game of Thrones feeling rushed is something the writer has spoken about before.
Earlier this year, he wrote on his blog: “I am working in a very different medium than [show runners] David [Benioff] and Dan [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.”