As it has done intermittently over the past decade, Martin activated WordStar 4.0 on his DOS the computer to type a small blog about the very popular TV shows based on his work. The author touches on several things, including praise for Paddy Considine, who he says deserves an Emmy for that final episode, and the “supposed rivalry” with rings of power, which “mainly exists in the media”. But like Dragon showrunner Ryan Condal, he also enjoys the explosion of fantasy television in recent years.
“I’m a fan of fantasy, and I want more fantasy on TV, and nothing would accomplish that more than some big hits,” he wrote. “the witcher, shadow and bone, wheel of timeand sand man, a glorious adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s groundbreaking comic book series. It’s a good start, but I want more. I want Tad Williams, I want Joe Abercrombie, I want Patrick Rothfuss, I want a proper adaptation of Le Guin’s Earthsea books, I want Alan Garner, I want Robin Hobb… oh the list goes on, I could go on and on …and I would if I didn’t have a million other things to do.
He was also joking when he said he was going to “rewrite Fire & Blood.” Nevertheless, one must respect a man who still uses the word “jape”.
Finally, he addresses those time jumps, which he thinks Condal handled very well. Martin laments, “of course” he wishes he had “more time to explore the relationship between Rhaenyra and Ser Harwin, Daemon and Laena’s marriage and time in Pentos, the birth of many and varied children”, but ” there are only so many minutes” of an episode and “only so many episodes in a season.
“When I was little, the shows had 39 episodes per season,” he writes. When I was writing for The beauty and the Beastit was down to 22. The cable shrunk again. The Sopranos had 13 episodes per season, but a few years later, Game Of Thrones had only 10 (and not even that, the last two seasons).
However, he gives a much more thoughtful answer that speaks to the changing landscape of television and what viewers want from his shows. He keeps on:
Whether Dragon House had 13 episodes per season, maybe we could have shown all the things we had to “jump through time” – even if it would have risked some viewers complaining that the series was too “slow”, that “nothing happened”. As it stands, I’m thrilled that we still have 10 hours each season to tell our story. (rings of power only has eight, as you may have noticed, and my AMC show dark winds made six episode seasons).
At the rate they’re going, Martin predicts that it “will take four full seasons of 10 episodes each to do justice to the dragon dance.”
It’s a relief there aren’t more episodes because, as Martin reminds us, there’s still The Winds of Winter on the register. If there were more episodes of Dragon Househe could spend all his time blogging about it.