The final season of Game of Thrones is drawing towards it's no doubt dramatic conclusion, and it's safe to say the series has divided viewers so far.
For some, it has been as gripping and spectacular as ever, while others have criticised it for being a little shallow, ponderous and dark (as in literally dark).
But who better to judge the series than George RR Martin, the author of the A Song of Ice and Fire novels on which the show is based?
George RR Martin has revealed what he doesn't like about the final season of Game of Thrones. Credit: PA
The 70-year-old revealed in an interview with Rolling Stone that the final series had been 'not completely faithful', adding that he was 'a little sad' that there weren't a few more seasons.
He said: "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."
He continued: "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."
George RR Martin wishes there were a few more series of Game of Thrones. Credit: HBO
The author went on to explain that he was not angered by how the final series has been made, rather, he wished the show could continue for a few seasons more.
He said: "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."
Game of Thrones continues on Sky Atlantic on Monday 13 May at 2am, then repeats at 9pm for viewers in the UK.
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