It’s sad that it will come to this, but with George R.R. Martin’s slow writing pace, HBO’s Game of Thrones will most likely over take the book series! The Winds of Winter, the sixth book in the long running series A Song of Ice and Fire, is predicted to be in the book stores in 2015, with book seven to be seen who knows when. Even Martin has agreed that this is a problem, saying that “it’s alarming”.
Since the second season, they have started moving plot points either forward or backwards. Take for example Jamie Lannister’s plot from A Storm of Swords being moved into the second season, or Bran’s plot from the latter part of A Clash of Kings, being pushed to season three. So the show has never planned on every season to equal one book. But things are soon going to get complicated soon. With co-creators, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, announcing this week that they see the show finishing after season seven or eight, the show has a whole lot of content to fit into forty more hours of footage.
It’s good new for us that Benioff and Weiss have been thinking ahead and took a trip down to Santa Fe to map out the end of the series. “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,” said Benioff. “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.”
So it looks as though Benioff and Weiss have their work cut out for them, but as they guys at have been at the helm of the popular fantasy drama for three years, I think the show, and in a way, the whole franchise, are safe in their hands.