Will HBO’s Game Of Thrones Overtake ‘A Song Of Ice And Fire’?

By Toby Howell on Jun 28, 2014 to Game of Thrones

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With the incredible conclusion of Season 4, Game of Thrones is still looming in the minds of its viewers. With several character’s fates in question, one question still remains: will the show overtake the books?

This comes after book readers revealed that Season 4 contained events that occur in George R.R Martin’s fifth book in the bestselling ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ book series, meaning that a few of its character arcs have already reached what is known so far from the books. This leaves a few options for the showrunners, David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, which consist of either overtaking the books, slowing down some the character’s arcs, or even delaying Season 5. Now, don’t panic, the likelihood of this actually happening is very low. Even though there is no real sign of the sixth book, this is shown through HBO’s vast preparations for Season 5. George R.R. Martin has a very good working relationship with Benioff and Weiss, with Martin holding a “executive producer” role. Martin has also written several episodes including the infamous second episode of Season 4 (ohh that pigeon pie!) meaning he has a strong influence over what is shown, and when.

The rather large gaps between the books could be put down to the fact that, as revealed earlier in the year on HBO Watch, George R.R Martin types with one finger, along with his duties as “executive producer” and occasional writer on the HBO show. The gaps have been so large and frustrating to the readers that they in fact created this hilarious meme about the unfortunate Starks.

Martin, in acknowledgment of his writing speed, informed Benioff and Weiss of his divine ending of the show, just in case (God forbid), he was to die before he definitively writes the conclusion to the most “engrossing show of all-time”. From this we can take that he KNOWS who wins the Game of Thrones, and that it may take sometime before its put on paper. But, fear not! Sometime next year will hold the day when Season 4 is finally released on DVD and Blu-Ray. Until then, maybe it’s time for a Season 1-3 marathon? 

In an online Q&A on May 29, 2014 Martin’s editor Anne Groell responded to the anticipated release date of the sixth book, ‘The Winds of Winter’, with “All I can say is that George is hard at work, and we hope to have it reasonably soon”. This leaves the release date to still be in question, leaving the fans still guessing as to whether the show will eventually be forced to slow its paces, delay its showing or, to overtake the books. Some reports are suggesting that ‘Winds of Winter’ is to be released as late as 2017, the truth however, is yet to be known. Either way it seems the best is still to come from the TV phenomenon that is Game of Thrones

Gilly: I’ll grow greys before we find out what happens in the end!

Sam: Ohh shut up! You’re a recurring character, I’m bloody Samwell “The Slayer” Tarly! Everyone knows I’ll be on the throne by the end…

What should happen next? Should George R.R. Martin hurry up? Or should HBO let the master write the concluding books in peace and harmony? Your thoughts please, but remember; Winter will come, eventually…

  • Simple answer: Yes it will.

    What will be more interesting is the inevitably different directions they will take with character arcs, trimming the fat etc.

    Also, I do think you’re overstating George’s role in the production a bit. Yes, he writes one episode a year, but that’s largely it. The “executive producer” thing is more of a respectful formality than anything else. He definitely doesn’t have a “strong influence over what is shown, and when”. Every year, D&D give him a general outline of what they want his episode to be about, and he writes the script. That’s it really, that’s Geoge’s show-duty, apart from the media appearances and occasional world-building consultancy, perhaps.

  • Peter

    he was TO die
    and
    slow ITS paces,










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