"I'm vaguely aware of this, but I haven't really followed this," Martin tells TVGuide.com. "I've been out in Los Angeles in the past week when all this hit the Internet. I came out to watch a screening of the first two episodes. I don't take a computer with me when I travel, so whenever I'm on the road I'm usually kind of cut off what is happening on the Internet."
It all began when Martin revealed to The New Yorker that he didn't want to "do a Lost" and mess up the ending to his seven-book series, A Song of Fire and Ice, on which HBO's Game of Thrones is based, by rushing his writing process. It took six years for Martin to write the fifth book, A Dance with Dragons.
"We watched it every week trying to figure it out... and then I felt so cheated when we got to the conclusion," he told the magazine. "I want to give them something terrific. What if I f--- it up at the end? What if I do a Lost? Then they'll come after me with pitchforks and torches."
Lindelof responded by venting in a series of tweets: "George RR Martin is terrified of 'pulling a LOST' by ending Game of Thrones s***tily. In related news, my therapist just hit the jackpot ... George? You got yourself a feud, motherf---er... I've just been informed George is working on his feud response. I'll have it in FIVE YEARS!... trust me, he knows he's in a feud... I don't take issue with his opinion, I take issue with the fact that he coined 'Pulling a LOST' as empirically 'f---ing up the ending.'"
"Well, I can understand that," Martin concedes upon hearing Lindelof's reaction. "But I have to find time to look up some of this and see exactly what he said and where it goes. At that point I might have some response, but I don't at the present time until I know what's being discussed here." P.S. He feels that unlike Lost, Friday Night Lights and Six Feet Under had satisfying conclusions.
So there you have it. It's not quite the feud that Lindelof has made it out to be, but once Martin reads the Tweets thoroughly it may very well become the Hatfields and McCoys — or the Lannisters and Starks to use Game of Thrones lingo.
In the meantime, Martin is focusing on writing his next two novels and helping to produce the show. (He has a history working in television, first as a story editor on the Twilight Zone and as an executive story consultant on the Beauty and the Beast series.) The show, he says, will very likely end the same way his books do.
"All that being the case, with Game of Thrones we're in a somewhat different position because [producers] David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are following the books," Martin says. "The story has grown, but I'm still planning on doing it in seven books, admittedly in seven, gigantic, massive bug-crusher books of thousands and thousands of pages. But in the end, there will be an end just as there is a beginning and a middle. Presumably the show will end the same way the books will end."
Game of Thrones premieres on Sunday, April 17 at 9/8c on HBO.