Apparently, having a best-selling fantasy book series—with the television adaptation about to premiere on HBO—can give a fella license to be honest. So while being interviewed for a New Yorker magazine profile, George R.R. Martin revealed how he really felt about that Lost finale.
Turns out we, the unwashed masses, weren't the only ones tuning in, week after week, to see how the Lost brain trust—headed up by Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse—would bring their six-year mission to an end: Martin was also wrapped up in the drama. As he said to The New Yorker's Laura Martin:
"I kept watching it and I was fascinated. ... They'd introduce these things and I thought that I knew where it was going. Then they'd introduce [something new] and I'd rethink it. ... We watched it every week trying to ﬁgure it out, and as it got deeper and deeper I kept saying, 'They better have something good in mind for the end. This end better pay off here.' And then I felt so cheated when we got to the conclusion."
Martin even goes so far as to describe the pressure he feels on behalf of his readers, readers who've waited a good long time for him to continue his Song of Ice and Fire saga:
"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."
This, naturally, caught Lindelof's eye, and he quickly took to Twitter with, first, a marginally profane display of wounded pride and, then, a throwing of the gauntlet.
Lindelof ended his Twitter tirade with one last jab:
I know I shouldn't, but I do so like it when geeks fight.