sheepy_dogs_handAt first, GRRM was saying "NO" to every hollywood producer because he didn't want his books and characters he loved so dearly and had worked on for so many years to be swallowed by hollywood with mindless action. He didn't want the stupid writing that makes no sense and exists solely to advance the plot without any sense or purpose. He didn't want his characters turned into two-dimensional vehicles that have no identity or depth and are only there to advanced the plot.
So he finally turns to Television, and meets a couple of dudes who promised they would stay true to his imagine and he really believed them. Imagine George grinning with pure joy as he watches season 1 of the show. Where it follows the book almost perfectly, with the actors HE wanted, with the stories and dialogue that he wrote.
Truly watching his world come to life.
I'm sorry George, i'm so so sorry.
to be fair their job got much harder when they no longer had books for reference. its still a good series just not quite as good was it was at the start