Fans of Game of Thrones have had much to debate this season, including a brutal but seemingly inevitable rape scene; an all-out zombie attack that puts The Walking Dead to shame; a plot involving religious zealotry which will culminate in Sunday’s season 5 finale with the humiliation of one of the show’s main characters (in a scene that caused controversy when it was filmed in Croatia); the shocking and heartbreaking sight of a man burning his own daughter alive; somebody finally riding on a flying dragon in a moment that the Internet quickly turned into a Neverending Story parody; and a boring revenge storyline that apparently exists only to meet HBO’s requisite boobs quota.
That’s a lot of action. Author George R.R. Martin has commented on a few of the season’s notorious moments, but is not actually involved in the current running of the show: he’s too busy penning two more books in the series’ source material, A Song of Ice and Fire. He’s so busy, in fact, he is telling the show’s fans to stop annoying him with questions. People won’t stop writing Martin asking him about the direction the show has taken — and the decisions made by showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss — since he’s been gone.