George RR Martin Says 'Game of Thrones' Could Have Run for Five More Seasons | 22 Words

When Game of Thrones ended earlier this year, many fans were left upset. Not just because of the prospect of a life without a weekly check-in with their favorite Westerosi, either. Many found the final season of the show to be disappointing - feeling rushed, ill-thought-through, and not faithful to the story they'd followed so far.

And now the writer of the original Song of Ice & Fire books the series was based on has offered his opinion. The writer claims he, too, felt less than satisfied with the way the show's controversial final season went. Curious about what George R.R. Martin has to say? Keep reading for his exclusive quotes

Game of Thrones first aired in 2011.

It ran for an epic eight seasons before finally reaching its conclusion earlier this year.

The show was set in the fictional world of Westeros.

And although it certainly had many fantastical aspects, it really centered around the deeply human characters.

It was really huge in scale.

The dedication showrunners put in to create believable settings and well-rounded characters (and seemingly hundreds of them) made the fantasy seem oddly believable.

Of course, there were some unbelievable aspects.

Although even the dragons seemed somehow par for the course in this epic, political drama.

The show wasn't totally original, though.

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Game of Thrones was based on a series of fantasy novels called A Song of Ice & Fire, by esteemed writer George R.R. Martin.

Martin was a big name in the fantasy scene.

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And he's been very productive in his time, creating many more fantasy worlds than just the famous Westeros.

It was clear Game of Thrones creators were taking the show seriously.

Because they ensured Martin was included in the show's creation, making sure the series stayed true to his original vision.

And fans appreciated it.

For the first seasons, Game of Thrones gained a cult following, many of whom loved the shows epic scale and attention to detail.

That is, until season eight.

After a two-year hiatus, the show returned for its final season earlier this year - but got distinctly mixed reviews.

And let's not even get started on the show's finale.

Many Game of Thrones fans were bitterly disappointed in the way the fates of their favorite characters (and of Westeros overall) were handled.

In fact, fans were pretty annoyed.

Angry Game of Throners created a "Remake Game of Thrones Season 8 with competent writers," which picked up more than 1.7 million signatures.

The main two people fans were annoyed at?

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Show creators, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. The petition read, the two "have proven themselves to be woefully incompetent writers when they have no source material (i.e. the books) to fall back on."

Fans felt the two had ruined what Martin had started.

"This series deserves a final season that makes sense. Subvert my expectations and make it happen, HBO!"

But the show's stars reacted pretty poorly.

Jon Snow (or Kit Harrington) told Esquire, "How I feel about the show right now is quite defiant. I think no matter what anyone thinks about this season - and I don't mean to sound mean about critics here - but whatever critic spends half an hour writing about this season and makes their [negative] judgement on it, in my head they can go **** themselves."

And that's not all.

"I know how much work was put into this. I know how much people cared about this. I know how much pressure people put on themselves and I know how many sleepless nights working or otherwise people had on this show. Because they cared about it so much. Because they cared about the characters. Because they cared about the story. Because they cared about not letting people down," he ranted.

Harrington wasn't the only one.

Sophie Turner, wife of Joe Jonas and actress behind Sansa Stark, also called the petition "disrespectful."

And now George R.R. Martin has opened up about the controversy.

He spoke to Fast Company about the making of season eight. "It can 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 series has been... not completely faithful."

"Otherwise, it would have to run another five seasons." How disappointing!?

He explained the reason for the split.

"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.'"

Which is all well and good ...

But that doesn't mean we're going to get the Game of Thrones television experience we deserve. Sigh. Still waiting for something to fill the Game of Thrones shaped hole in your life? Keep scrolling for an upcoming HBO series which might just help soothe you.