Winter is coming… but apparently George R. R. Martin’s final two books never will.
Okay, so our generation’s greatest high fantasy author is still plowing along – even skipping fan conventions – in order to finish The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring within his (and our) lifetime, but Game of Thrones, HBO’s adaptation of his hit series A Song of Ice and Fire, can’t wait that long.
That’s right, the show must go on, with or without the original material.
Since the smash show’s inception in 2011, author George R. R. Martin has only published one book in the series (A Dance with Dragons), there has naturally been more than a little speculation that this day would come. And yet it wasn’t until the Oxford Union this past weekend that the show’s creators, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, admitted the truth that we all knew would come to be.
“We’ll eventually, basically, meet up at pretty much the same place where George is going. I kind of wish there were some things we didn’t have to spoil, in terms of the books,” Benioff said, “but we’re kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place.”
But is there any chance that the books and television series may balance each other out?
HBO has stated that if need be, it can extend the show beyond seven seasons. This would make plenty of sense, since Game of Thrones has already proven to be fairly different (sequentially) from the books. Still, George R. R. Martin has no set publishing date for either of the remaining to novels in sight. And as Benioff said, “We can’t put the show on hiatus […] so we have to kind of keep pushing forward.”
Yes, Daenerys, we’re disappointed, too. Find out when the show will start passing the events of the books! Will it be this season?