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‘Walking Dead’ Creator Robert Kirkman Reveals Why He’s ‘Disappointed in George R.R. Martin’

Kirkman cites creative differences in handling properties as why he’s disappointed in Martin.

Robert Kirkman on "The Talking Dead."

Robert Kirkman on “The Talking Dead”

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“Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman, a series at the forefront of defining this era as the Golden Age of television, has some opinions on how George R.R. Martin is handling the relationship between his source material and that other seismic show, “Game of Thrones.”

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In an interview with Rolling Stone’s David Fear, when asked about whether or not he would tell the show writers where he’s going with the comics to help lead them, Kirkman said, “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.”

In regard to his and Martin’s respective roles with their franchises, Kirkman serves as the co-author of the “Walking Dead” comic books, as well as a co-creator and an active writer of the TV show. By comparison, Martin acts mainly as the author of the source material for the franchise he created, though he has also written four episodes of the HBO series.

But both creators have reached sticky territory as the shows run alongside the production of the source material and, in the case of “Game of Thrones,” outpace the novels, creating a dilemma with how each series should move forward with both wanting to adapt and possibly needing to just make it up. While Martin has had some trouble navigating that, Kirkman has a firm opinion on the matter.

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Speaking at SXSW last year about his content across various platforms and mediums, Kirkman emphasized that he wanted each property to be its own property. Talking specifically about “The Walking Dead’s” companion series “Fear the Walking Dead,” he said, “One thing we’re doing with the show is making sure it can stand on its own.”

With that kind of philosophy, it makes sense that Kirkman would disagree with how Martin has approached his situation, telling three canonical secrets to the producers before the respective books came out, as Martin seems to be more lenient about the interplay between his multiple entities than Kirkman would ever be.

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