While not everyone talks about it all the time, there is clearly a massive elephant in the room when it comes to “Game of Thrones” at this point in the series’ run: Whether or not the show is going to eventually run into a problem as it gets closer and closer to catching up to the same point in the story as George R.R. Martin is in his book series. As a matter of fact, they are really almost there.
We feel personally like unless there is another Martin book that comes out within the next year or so, it is going to be rather hard for the show to make a season 6 without clashing and producing material that has not been written yet. Next year is probably the only one left where they can get on equal footing.
So is this something that the actors think about a little bit? It seems so, at least based on the comments that Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran) gives to GQ in a new interview:
“… In season four actually, a lot of the storylines are starting to be either sped up or slowed down and some people are nearly at the end of their storyline and others are way before. I guess it’s George’s biggest fear, when the show catches up to him, which it inevitably will unless he gets the next book out. But I don’t think we’re particularly worried about it because David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] know the ending. In a sense, we follow David and Dan rather than the books. It’s inevitable that things are going to get left out. In condensing the books, different storylines are made differently. Rather than the books, it’s definitely the scripts and the producers for us.”
As for when Martin’s book will come out … the answer is “when it’s done.” We fear for any interviewer who tries to even ask him this question in a new interview at this point.
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