George R.R. Martin has said that the ending of HBO‘s Game Of Thrones won’t influence the future direction of his books.

The 70-year-old writer has two novels left in his epic fantasy series.

When asked by The Observer if the ending of the TV version of Game of Thrones has changed his approach to the remaining books in A Song Of Ice And Fire, Martin said,

“No, it doesn’t. It doesn’t change anything at all. You can’t please everybody, so you’ve got to please yourself.”

It has been reported that several years ago, Martin met with showrunners D.B Weiss and David Benioff to discuss the potential ending of the series. It is not known, however, how much of that content made it into the series.

The show’s ending was met with heavy criticism, with a lot of people saying it felt rushed and did a disservice to much loved long-established characters.

When asked how he felt about the made for TV version of his fantasy series, Martin said: “I took myself out of all that.”

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As for how the book series will end, Martin was timid. “Some of [the theories] are right and some of [the theories] are wrong,” he said. “They’ll find out when I finish.”

Variety