Progress on the Game of Thrones books is not moving at the same pace as progress on the Game of Thrones TV series. The show is being rushed along by a number of factors, I’d suppose, from the maturation of the cast to the need to feed HBO with regular content. Meanwhile, George RR Martin will be held back by the sheer volume of his volumes.
In order to make sure that they’re not getting too far out of sync, the showrunners paid a visit to Martin last year and got him to chart out the characters’ arcs to the very end of the story.
David Benioff told Vanity Fair:
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. 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.
Just one more reason Benioff shouldn’t accept already-poured drinks from strangers.
This year’s run of Thrones, which kicks off at the start of April, will see us through to the end of the 3rd book. I daren’t project what sort of pace the rest will be adapted and screened, but I can’t imagine HBO would like to think they’ll need to sustain moment for more than another five years or so. Will Martin have sorted out the details by then?
My hunch is that they’ll either find an earlier natural end point or diverge the two storylines, and I think it’s far more likely to be the former. I don’t envy whoever it is that has to make these calls, however.
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