When HBO’s Game of Thrones adaptation ended, fans weren’t incredibly happy with how things played out. Many wondered just how much input author George R.R. Martin had on things, and according to him, it wasn’t too much.

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Speaking to The New York Times in a recent interview, Martin said that he was “pretty much out of the loop” by the time the final few seasons of the show were being made. As for why that was the case, he had no idea.

“By season five and six, and certainly seven and eight, I was pretty much out of the loop,” Martin said. When asked why, Martin added, “I don’t know — you have to ask Dan and David.”

Despite what fans saw as a lackluster ending, Martin is not done with the world of Game of Thrones. Earlier this year, the author detailed in a blog post that his plans for the ending of the A Song of Ice and Fire series will be different than what happened in the series.

“One thing I can say, in general enough terms that I will not be spoiling anything: not all of the characters who survived until the end of Game of Thrones will survive until the end of A Song of Ice & Fire, and not all of the characters who died on Game of Thrones will die in A Song of Ice & Fire. Some will, sure. Of course. Maybe most. But definitely not all. Of course, I could change my mind again next week, with the next chapter I write. That’s gardening. And the ending? You will need to wait until I get there. Some things will be the same. A lot will not.”



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