Game of Thrones” may have tens of millions of viewers all over the world but if you believe the latest media reports, G R.R. Martin, whose novels, "A Song of Ice and Fire," are the basis of HBO’s megahit series, is not one of them.

In an interview with Metro, Martin was quoted to have said, “I do not watch “Game of Thrones.” [VIDEO] The reason, according to the Metro article, is the bestselling author just does not have the time to watch the HBO hit series as he is pre-occupied by his writing and touring.

The statement was picked by other news organizations and was reported quickly on various sites.

GRRM does watch GoT

But George R.R Martin released a statement, which denies the report that he does not watch the “Game of Thrones” television series.

In an email response sent to Entertainment Weekly, Martin said he can’t recall saying he doesn't watch GoT. Martin said perhaps there could have been confusion over the statement he made in the interview.

The author clarified to EW that he does watch the hit series, however, during his trip abroad he did not watch any television. He said he is now behind on watching the episodes of “Game of Thrones” season 7. There is only one episode left for GoT season 7 scheduled to air on HBO next Sunday.

A previous post on G R.R. Martin’s official site also shows that the ASOIAF author even organized a free viewing of the premiere episode of "Game of Thrones" season 7 in his Jean Cocteau Cinema in Sta. Fe, New Mexico.

The latest season of "Game of Thrones" has already overtaken the events of the novels as Martin is still finishing to the 6th book, "The Winds of Winter." Martin did not give any hint or statement as to when the book will be finished.

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GoT successor shows

G R.R. Martin pointed out to Metro that the novels and the TV series were already taking “separate ways.” The author said about twenty characters who have already died in "Game of Thrones" TV series are still alive and will appear in the next book.

The author already confirmed that he is working on a prequel show of “Game of Thrones,” which is expected to have its final season next year or even in 2019. The cast and crew are set to resume filming the last season of “Game of Thrones” this October. It will only have 6 episodes but longer in screen time compared to previous seasons.

Martin's latest post on his site hinted of the five successor shows (as he preferred to call the programs) he is working on. Eventually one these will follow once “Game of Thrones” fades into a beautiful Westerosi sunset or freezes into eternal winter.