The gauntlet, it is thrown: Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman is “disappointed in” George R.R. Martin for allowing the Game of Thrones showrunners to reveal key spoilers from his unreleased novels in the Song of Ice and Fire saga. In a Rolling Stone interview released Tuesday, Kirkman states
I would never do that. That’s the one thing I’m disappointed in George R.R. Martin for doing. He should have just been like, Fuck you. You make it up now, I’ll get to mine when I’m ready.
Unlike ASOIaF, the Walking Dead comic book is well ahead of the events on the TV show, with new installments arriving on a fairly regular basis. Martin hasn’t published a new novel in his series since 2011's A Dance With Dragons, with the sixth and seventh books still yet to have release dates.
It seems pretty much inevitable that ASOIaF and GoT would diverge as Benioff and Weiss started running out of source material, though Martin has said that there are certain plot elements crucial to both series that the show would have to reveal before the books as time went on. (Martin seems to be keeping the lesser spoilers for himself.)
But is this really that big a deal? I’ve never really felt that “spoilers” affected a story for me one way or the other (unless they “spoiled” the fact that a movie or book was awful and saved me a few bucks), and since a zillion fans on the Internet means having the world’s biggest, cheapest render farm, many major plot developments can now be anticipated based on pure raw speculation, without the need for leaks or rumors. It’d be nice to have a Game of Thrones show that followed the later books — hell, it’d be nice to have the books it’d be based on — but unlike Kirkman, I’m totally hodor about the whole hodor. Hodor.
Hodor about hodor?
Walking Dead creator “disappointed” in Game of Throne’s author’s approach to spoilers [Polygon]