Ah it’s that time of year again. Spring is in the air, taxes are almost due and yes: Game of Thrones is nearly back on the air. And with that build up and excitement comes the inevitable appearances and interviews with our favorite cast of characters. One character in particular, George R.R Martin himself, First of His Name (I’m guessing), has been making the rounds of late.
Responding to a question about the possible overall length of the series posed by The Hollywood Reporter on the red carpet premiere for season four Martin spaketh thusly:
“It all depends on how long the main series runs. Do we run for seven years? Do we run for eight? Do we run for 10? The books get bigger and bigger (in scope). It might need a feature to tie things up, something with a feature budget, like $100 million for two hours. Those dragons get real big, you know.”
To put this into context there has been some speculation as of late that the HBO show would, as long feared, catch up with Mr. Martin’s writing of the novels of which Game of Thrones is based. With no firm release date on book six, The Winds of Winter, everyone is beginning to wonder how the series will handle “spoiling” the ending of A Song of Ice and Fire on screen as opposed to on page. Let’s break it down:
FOUR: 2014, Filmed 2013: Season four is set to cover events in Book Three, some of book four and even pulling a few elements from book five.
FIVE: 2015, Filming 2014: Season five will be a combination of book four and book five.
SIX: 2016, Filming 2015: Season six will conclude book five and require additional details from book six (most likely)
Keep in mind that the show-runners actually know more than anyone else on the planet as to how the series will conclude. They were given each of the characters main story arcs to guard against something untimely and terrible happening to George. But if that sixth novel is delayed beyond 2014 they’ll surely be hard-pressed to create season six next year. And beyond that (season 7 or 8) there’s just no way (with his track record of taking 3-5 years per novel) that Martin will get that seventh novel out in time. Do you see now why the fans are nervous?
Another point of contention is just how many seasons the show will run. The producers are shooting for seven while George is pulling for 8-10, allowing him more time to finish the final two books. It’s unclear whether the gigantic cast and crew can commit to summers all over the world for 10 full years so we’ll most likely see 7 or 8 seasons of Game of Thrones but that is total speculation by this author at this point.
George also poked at the idea of creating a prequel movie based on the Dunk and Egg tales. We explored this idea in an earlier piece but here’s what he had to say on that:
“They could be the basis for [a film],” Martin added at the post-premiere bash held at the Museum of Natural History, where a suspended giant whale cast a shadow over the crowd not unlike one of Martin’s dragons. “I have written these three stories, and I have about a dozen more.”
Warner Brothers Studios would be the obvious choice for a possible movie deal of any kind involving Game of Thrones. They are of the same parent company as HBO and also have experience filming the world’s greatest fantasy epics (The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings).
This is all a LONG ways down the road but, of course the show carries on! They’ll need to decide how to pace the last few seasons now to get it right. We hope the show runs for at least 8 seasons and returns with some sort of feature film, of course! Maybe we’re having a lemon-cake induced dream though…