On Sunday, April 6, “Game of Thrones” is going to return with new episodes, and with every one that passes, we get closer and closer to a very real issue: The show finally starting to catch up with the George R. R. Martin books. There are five books released as of now, soon, the show will start production potentially on their fifth season.
So what happens if the two parties eventually cross paths? To date, almost everyone involved has been very cagey on what could happen. Martin has never given a timetable or a release date for his next novel The Winds of Winter, other than saying that the book will be released when it is done.
However, show co-creator David Benioff did tell Vanity Fair in an extensive new interview about the show that he and Dan Weiss recently sat down with the author, and at least have more details about the future of the book series that they can use. While that is not necessarily the same exact thing by any means, it’s at least something that they can go on:
“Last year we went out to Santa Fe for a week to sit down with him [Martin] and just talk through where things are going, because we don’t know if we are going to catch up and where exactly that would be … If you know the ending, then you can lay the groundwork for it. And so we want to know how everything ends. We want to be able to set things up. So we just sat down with him and literally went through every character.”
Martin added that he is “hopeful” that the show will not catch up with him, which to us seemingly means that he has a pretty significant chunk of the next book done. There are some other possibilities that could be explored for the show’s future, and they include everything from having a longer hiatus for the show to splitting up another book into two separate seasons.
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