It’s no secret that genre fans can become passionate about their favourite films and TV shows, yet the creator of “Game of Thrones” believes the Internet has allowed that passion to become “toxic.”

In an interview with film critic Leonard Maltin’s “Maltin on Movies” podcast, George R.R. Martin discuss how they each got their start writing for “fanzines” in the era before the Internet.

Admitting that the World Wide Web has given fans a stronger voice with which to express their opinions, Martin doesn’t think that’s always a good thing.

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“The Internet is toxic in a way that the old fanzine culture and fandoms — comics fans, science fiction fans in those days — was not,” Martin tells Maltin.

“There were disagreements. There were feuds, but nothing like the madness that you see on the Internet,” he continued, referring to the extreme backlash to the eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones”.

Martin also discusses his upcoming “Game of Thrones” prequel and other “GoT”-related projects for HBO, explaining that he has no expectations these series will attain the same kind of popularity as the original.

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“The scale of ‘Game of Thrones’ success has — reaching all over the world and invading the culture to [such an extent] — it’s not something anyone could ever anticipate, not something I expect to ever experience again,” Martin said, admitting the show’s popularity has been “a little surreal.”

You can listen to the podcast in its entirety below:

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