It Seems Game Of Thrones Could Surpass The Books
We’re just a few weeks away from the fourth season of Game of Thrones now, which if you’ve read the books means we’re about to continue from halfway through A Storm of Swords. (The third one.)
Of course, if you’ve read the books then you’re no doubt waiting with bated breath for the eagerly anticipated sixth book entitled The Winds of Winter which should have been releasing later this year but now it seems is not due out for at least another year. It’s painful really.
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Still, at least we have the Game of Thrones HBO series to keep us going while we wait, right?
Now it turns out, after a recent interview with the show’s creators David Benioff and David Weiss, Game of Thrones is pretty much a done deal with up to eight seasons planned at which point the series will conclude its story entirely; entirely opening up the possibility that the TV series might end before the books get a chance to do so, even though the books were around first and will likely follow the same story when they get around to concluding.
Strange, isn’t it?
“Last year we went out to Santa Fe for a weekend to sit down with [George R. R. Martin] and just talk through where things are going,” explains Benioff. “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.”
A key factor for the creators is not milking the show any further than they have to, keeping it alive for just long enough to maintain a certain level of interest.
“It doesn’t just keep on going because it can,” adds Weiss. “I think the desire to milk more out of it is what would eventually kill it, if we gave in to that.”
Also, I mean, you guys are basically ripping GRRM’s story anyway so there’s no real milking where this self-contained story is involved. This ain’t no Middle Earth, although it could be…
Question is, are you okay with this? I know I’d really like to read those last two books before I — or more likely, George R. R. Martin — end up dead from old age. But if Game of Thrones overtakes the books and ends on its own, will I really care that much? Will you?