Robert Kirkman has clarified his recent criticism of "Game of Thrones" author George R.R. Martin, explaining that "'Disappointed' is probably the wrong word.'"
The "Walking Dead" creator was quoted last week by Rolling Stone as saying he'd never allow the hit AMC television series to spoil the plot of the comic book. "I would never do that," Kirkman said. "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."
However, Kirkman later took to Twitter to clarify his thoughts.
Kirkman initially posted a GIF from AMC's "Mad Men," accompanied by the caption, "How George RR Martin would reply if I really meant to be critical of him."
How George RR Martin would reply if I really meant to be critical of him. pic.twitter.com/a6LjVh3f9U
- Robert Kirkman (@RobertKirkman) June 2, 2016
He then wrote, "'Disappointed' is probably the wrong word. I was just joking about how I would have handled that situation. Love GOT, love GRRM," He added, "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!"
HBO confirmed last year what fans had long suspected, that the hit adaptation of Martin's fantasy series would outpace the plot of the novels, as the author's notoriously long breaks between entries all but ensured "The Winds of Winter" wouldn't be released before the current season's premiere.
Martin has assured fans and critics that the show has already deviated from his future book releases.
"When you ask me, 'will the show spoil the books,' all I can do is say, 'yes and no,' and mumble once again about the butterfly effect," he wrote in January. "Those pretty little butterflies have grown into mighty dragons. Some of the 'spoilers' you may encounter in season six may not be spoilers at all ... because the show and the books have diverged, and will continue to do so..."