This article contains major book/Season 5 spoilers.
The author recently spoke out about the level of attention he has received as a result of the show, which originally launched on premium cable channel HBO in 2011.
‘A few years ago I came to Edinburgh wife my wife and we were able to listen to the street musicians and go to plays and comedy performances and the military Tattoo.,’ he told The Guardian. ‘ And, in the whole week we were here, maybe three people recognised me, and I was happy to sign an autograph for them.
‘Now, three or four people recognise me every block. I can’t go out any more; I can’t walk the streets. And it’s great to have all these readers and fans who, for the most part, are very nice people, saying they love the books and the TV show.
‘But there are so many of them and it just doesn’t end. Oh, and ‘selfies’! If I could clap my hands and burn out every camera phone in the world, I swear I’d do it!’
Martin made the comment while discussing how success has changed his life both for the better and worse.
Interestingly, he began writing professionally in the 1960s but only enjoyed real commercial achievement when the first four novels of his series A Song of Ice and Fire became Game of Thrones.
The next series is already made, but the following two series will only become a reality once he has physically written the novels, including The Winds Of Winter and A Dream Of Spring – neither of which has a release date.
Series 5 of the HBO series will air in April 2015.