“Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin revealed his inspiration behind the story of his book series.
In an interview with D’Brickashaw Ferguson for the New York Jets website, Martin said his fondness in history and war stories motivated him to write his novel.
He declared his love for historical fiction, saying, “The Wars of the Roses I think are an area that was particularly fascinating for me, ever since I saw the Shakespeare play Richard III, which takes place in that same era.”
“The thing about historical fiction – if you read history, you know how it’s going to end, you know who wins the battles, you know who gets murdered and who the murderer is. So I wanted to take those same ideas and that same feel but use it in fantasy…I mixed and matched elements and added dragons and a few other things.”
Martin also hinted that he may not write an episode for the upcoming season of “Game of Thrones” unlike in the first four seasons of the HBO hit series.
The author explained that this is because he is currently tied up with “The Winds of Winter,” the next book in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series in which “GoT” season six is supposed to be based on.
He earlier revealed that HBO could air the final episode of GOT season six even before “The Winds of Winter” hit the store shelves.
Martin further explained that although his books and its TV adaption are connected, fans have to understand that they are two different versions of the same story.
“There have to be changes simply because of transition. The books are 1,500 pages long in manuscript. We would still be in the first season if we were doing literally every scene and every page of dialogue and every character.”
“Game of Thrones” season six is set to premiere in April 2016 while Martin has yet to announce the release date of “The Winds of Winter.”