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Robert Kirkman backtracks his George R.R. Martin criticism

‘Walking Dead’ creator: ‘Game Of Thrones’ is ‘my favorite show on TV!’

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Robert Kirkman is quickly walking back his criticism of George R.R. Martin and HBO’s Game of Thrones.

The Walking Dead creator seemingly slammed Martin during an interview with Rolling Stone about his new Cinemax series Outcast. Kirkman was asked if he would ever reveal the planned secret ending for The Walking Dead to his AMC hit’s producing team — just like Martin has with the showrunners behind Thrones.

“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, ‘F— you. You make it up now, I’ll get to mine when I’m ready.'”

The prospect of war of words between TV’s bearded fantasy kingpins took off online, but Kirkman went to Twitter to add some context to his statement. “‘Disappointed’ is probably the wrong word. I was just joking about how I would have handled that situation. Love GOT, love GRRM.” Kirkman also called Thrones his “favorite show on TV!”

Martin would likely understand Kirkman’s predicament here. When Thrones first started becoming a phenomenon, the author sounded off about his disappointment with the ending of ABC’s Lost, then was surprised and dismayed at how much attention his comments received.

Thrones continues on Sunday night with “The Broken Man.” EW will once again have full coverage. See photos and HBO’s promo here. Follow @jameshiberd for the latest coverage, bookmark our GoT hub for the latest posts, and check out the latest edition of our GoT podcast below: