Like me, George R.R. Martin—the person responsible for Game of Thrones mania—doesn't have time to actually watch the series. The A Song of Ice and Fire author, whose work has been adapted into the biggest show on TV, made the relatable confession during a recent chat with Metro.

According to Martin, the tasks of touring and writing simply get in the way of him setting aside Game of Thrones viewing time. Martin is currently working on the long-awaited Winds of Winter. The book, the sixth entry in the Song of Ice and Fire series, hasn't been given a release date.

Martin, who likens his writing style to the life of a gardener, is in no rush to satisfy something as futile as a pesky deadline. "I did not start to write slower over the years," he told Metro Monday. "I was working on the first book for six years and four years on the second one. Fantasists who release their novels every year, do not offer books of large volume. These are not 1.5k pages like mine, but, for example, 500. In addition, I have not become younger. Age does not add enthusiasm."

Martin also talked a bit about killing off characters, noting that "about 20" have died on screen already "which are quite alive to me and will appear in a new book."

Though absolutely none of this constitutes as evidence of what I'm about to say, I'm just going to assume this means that Martin is simply being careful with his time in anticipation of the return of HBO's other juggernaut. Curb Your Enthusiasm, my personal bible, premieres its long overdue (six fucking years!) ninth season Oct. 1. Check Curb's new Batman-themed trailer below: