“Game Of Thrones” may have ended months ago, but writer George R. R. Martin is now responding to the backlash that the final season faced.

In a rare interview with The Observer, Martin called the ending “freeing” despite another two novels in the series to write, he said the show’s controversy won’t change how the books will end.

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

Despite the success of the books that HBO turned into a hit series, fame isn’t for Martin.

“I don’t think [the TV series] was very good for me,” he said. “The very thing that should have speeded me up actually slowed me down. Every day I sat down to write and even if I had a good day … I’d feel terrible because I’d be thinking: ‘My God, I have to finish the book. I’ve only written four pages when I should have written 40.’”

When asked if he missed the days before the show he responded, “Yeah. Honestly I do. I mean, I can’t go into a bookstore any more, and that used to be my favourite thing to do in the world. To go in and wander from stack to stack, take down some books, read a little, leave with a big stack of things I’d never heard of when I came in. Now when I go to a bookstore, I get recognised within 10 minutes and there’s a crowd around me. So you gain a lot but you also lose things.”

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Martin has let the fans “have their theories” but won’t respond to the emotional response online. “I took myself out of all that … some of [the theories] are right and some of [the theories] are wrong. They’ll find out when I finish,” he added.

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