As the final season of HBO's nail-biting fantasy series Game of Thrones draws to a dramatic conclusion, many fans have been left unimpressed.
While some continue to be buoyed by the groundbreaking series, others have criticized the production and storylines, while the coffee cup anachronism spotted in last week's episodes didn't help matters.
But as most fans will tell you, the last series isn't based on any of the George R.R. Martin's best-selling fantasy series and is instead the vision of showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
This has irked many hardcore fans, whilst others who are more invested in the books have long bugged Martin to hurry up and finish the last instalment of the series. Of course, that probably won't happen for a good few years, but the more critical fans of season 6 can at least take solace in the author's latest interview with Rolling Stone.
The 70-year-old admitted that the final series was 'not completely faithful' to the books, and added that he was 'a little sad' that there weren't a few more seasons.
"Of course you have an emotional reaction. I mean, would I prefer they do it exactly the way I did it? Sure. [...] 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."
Martin added: "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 the story, but relates to 'Well this character has a very high Q Rating so let's give him a lot more stuff to do'. The series has been... not completely faithful. Otherwise, it would have to run another five seasons."
Whilst the author wasn't too disparaging in his comments about the much-malligned final season, he did say, "You know, it's complex. I'm a little sad, actually. I wish we had a few more seasons. But I understand. Dave and Dan are gonna go on to do other things, and I'm sure some of the actors were signed up for like seven or eight years, and they would like to go on and take other roles. All of that is fair. I'm not angry or anything like that, but there's a little wistfulness in me."
What's your take on the final season? Has it lived up to the hype? Or is the criticism justified?
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