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What Robert Kirkman Actually Thinks Of George R.R. Martin

We live in an age where every little comment we make has the ability to be seen, dissected and sometimes lambasted by a slew of people on the Internet. It’s even worse for celebrities, who already have a larger number of people following them in the news, as well as on Twitter and Instagram accounts. A few days ago, The Walking Dead comics creator Robert Kirkman took some shots at A Song of Ice and Fire creator George R.R. Martin, noting he was “disappointed” in the way Martin handled giving away the unpublished plot points from his book series to the Game of Thrones creators. The news spread like wildfire and after taking a good, hard look at what he said, Kirkman has now decided to take to social media to explain what he really thinks about George R.R. Martin. Here’s what he had to say: 

George RR Martin is a far better writer than I'll ever be. And I'm loving the new season of Game Of Thrones. It's my favorite show on TV.

Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead are about two of the strongest properties on TV right now, and that popularity has extended into additional books sales and more prominence for both Robert Kirkman and George R.R. Martin. Even though Kirkman mentioned he was disappointed in Martin in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, in a weird way it was actually sort-of a compliment, as the comment showed Robert Kirkman has been paying attention to what George R.R. Martin has been accomplishing in the written world and on the small screen. It’s no wonder he has some nice things to say about the author, even if he disagrees with the way Martin has handled the TV series catching up with his novels.

Kirkman also took the opportunity on Twitter to explain that he probably used language that was too harsh when describing how he feels about Martin deciding to speak with Dan Weiss and David Benioff about where novels like Winds of Winter will go. 

'Disappointed' is probably the wrong word. I was just joking about how I would have handled that situation. Love GOT, love GRRM.

As the author of The Walking Dead comics, Robert Kirkman has never really had to deal with the tough choices George R.R. Martin has had to make. His writings have always been well ahead of the TV series and should continue to be ahead for some time. It's easy to have an opinion about something you've never had to deal with in real life, but it's nice that Kirkman was willing to backtrack and explain he has no ill will toward the other prominent author.

Game of Thrones is currently airing its sixth season on HBO while The Walking Dead will return to AMC this fall.

Jessica Rawden
Jessica Rawden

Amazing Race & Top Chef superfan with a pinch of Disney fairy dust thrown in. If you’ve created a rom-com I’ve probably watched it.