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“I was the most junior of junior writers”: Game of Thrones Writer George R.R. Martin Reveals HBO’s Hit Drama Might Have Never Happened If He Hadn’t Worked in a Famous TV Remake

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Game of Thrones Writer George R.R. Martin Reveals HBO’s Hit Drama Might Have Never Happened If He Hadn’t Worked in a Famous TV Remake

George R.R. Martin has made significant contributions to the entertainment industry, especially with the series of novels, A Song of Ice and Fire. The novels created HBO’s iconic series Game of Thrones and its prequel series House of the Dragon. With his help, the Wild Cards anthology series was also created and he also contributed to worldbuilding for the 2022 video game Elden Ring.

George R.R. Martin
George R.R. Martin

Martin is a known name in the industry now, however, he was once struggling in the 1980s to publish something valuable. At that point, he was hired to write an episode for a television series, something he never imagined he’d do, but that opportunity helped him gain the experience that later helped him in creating A Song of Ice and Fire, the novels that created Game of Thrones.

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George R.R. Martin explained that this TV series helped him gain popularity

George R.R. Martin
George R.R. Martin

Until 1977, George R.R. Martin saw writing as a side hobby but then the sudden death of friend and fellow author Tom Reamy forced him to reevaluate his priorities. He then decided to become a full-time writer. In 1984, Martin was offered a job as a writer for the revival of The Twilight Zone, which aired from 1985 to 1989. In May 2023, he revealed on his blog that the job was important for his career,

“I never dreamt of writing for [television] until 1985, when CBS decided to launch a new version of ‘The Twilight Zone,’ and executive producer Phil DeGuere invited me to write an episode for them […] Phil and his team liked what I did. So much so that within days of delivery, I got an offer to come on staff. Before I quite knew what had happened, I was on my way to LA with a six-week deal as a Staff Writer, at the Guild minimum salary.”

It was not like The Twilight Zone was a massive hit, or Martin received praises for his work. It was the experience he gained from this that helped him in becoming an experienced writer.

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George R.R. Martin supports the Writers Guild of America

George R.R. Martin
George R.R. Martin

This blog was written in support of writers who are a part of the Writers Guild of America. They have been on strike, demanding fair wages and job security for writers, and want limitations in the use of artificial intelligence in the writing process. Martin added,

“NONE OF IT would have been possible, if not for the things I learned on TWILIGHT ZONE as a Staff Writer and Story Editor. I was the most junior of junior writers, maybe a hot(ish) young writer in the world of SF, but in TV I was so green that I would have been invisible against a green screen. And that, in my opinion, is the most important of the things that the Guild is fighting for. The right to have that kind of career path. To enable new writers, young writers, and yes, prose writers, to climb the same ladder.”

The first novel in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, A Game of Thrones, was released in 1996, roughly a decade after Martin worked in The Twilight Zone. Today, thanks to his contributions, fans got the iconic HBO series, Game of Thrones and its prequel series House of the Dragon.

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Source: George R.R. Martin’s blog

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