As the blockbuster reaches the end of its eighth and final series, Martin has started to let slip some of his biggest frustrations. He recently said: “It can also be… traumatic. Because sometimes their creative vision and your creative vision don’t match, and you get the famous creative differences thing — that leads to a lot of conflict.” The author says this can lead to “butting heads and clashing egos.” Surprisingly, one of his biggest irritations concerns a very popular character.
Speaking to Fast Company in a new video interview Martin admits he understands he does not have control over the HBO series, but struggles when they make choices he would not have picked, especially when those decisions come from on high.
He said: “I don’t mind being part of a team… but there’s something in me that wants to be the captain of the team. When you’re writing short stories and novels, yes you may have editors and all that, but essentially the writer is king. The writer decides how everything is going to be; people can give suggestions, and you can say yes or no to them. Now, when you get involved in television and film, um… you’re working with a large team.”
It’s not the writers he has an issue with in this one particular case, it’s the suits, the producers and studio heads who decide they want more of a certain character because they are popular with viewers.
Martin said: “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 even though he’s a rather unimportant character.'”
Even though the author tactfully doesn’t name names, the video itself spells out who he means with a montage of Jerome Flynn’s Bronn, who has a much smaller role in the novels.
This will shock fans, who love the roguish anti-hero who shares so much screen time with Tyrion and then Jaime Lannister. Of course, that may all change with what is coming next.
Viewers saw Cersei’s Maester Pycelle instruct Bronn to head North and kill the Lannister brothers. Would Cersei really murder her twin? Tyrion, probably, but Jaime?
Somehow, it seems unlikely that either Lannister will end their story at Bronn’s hands, even if the ever-adaptable turncoat did try and kill the two men who have helped him most.
Whatever happens, it seems clear it will not be what George RR Martin had in mind for the character.
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