When season five of HBO’s Game of Thrones ended, fans who had read the books by George R.R. Martin experienced as much of a cliffhanger as the non-readers did because the HBO version of the story had caught up with the books. Season six of the TV show is currently being filmed while George R.R. Martin plugs away writing the sixth book in the series, The Winds of Winter. Fans have long speculated about which will end first — the show or the books. Geekwire asked Martin during a recent Q&A at 2015 World Science Fiction Convention if the TV series may end before he finishes writing the story in the books. “Anything’s possible,” he answered.
“The show is moving forward like a locomotive, or sometimes a jet locomotive. They’re writing 60-page scripts, I’m writing 1,500-page novels. So who the hell knows?”
Martin admits having had concern about HBO’s Game of Thrones ending before his books at one point in time, but isn’t as much worried about it now.
“There was a period where I was worried about that. Then I said, to hell with that. Worrying about it isn’t going to change it one way or another. I still sit down at the typewriter, and I have to write the next scene and the next sentence. I’m just going to tell my story, and they’re telling their story and adapting my books, and we shall see.”
Game of Thrones TV producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss know how Martin plans to end the storylines despite not having written them yet. Martin is an executive producer on Game of Thrones, so he has input and control over how his story — even the bits that have yet been written — is portrayed on screen. Combine that fact with his assurance that it matters little to him which ends first, it would appear that the race to the end really isn’t a race at all, but rather a carefully plotted and executed story work that will steer the TV-only plot lines toward the culmination that is appropriate for the show and the book lines completed where they need to be. Game of Thrones book fans, TV series fans, and those who love both seem to be in for a treat when it comes to their beloved story since Martin isn’t in a hurry to finish it until he’s ready.
When asked about if the sixth Game of Thrones book, The Winds of Winter, will be published before the sixth season of Game of Thrones the HBO TV series, Martin answered, “Don’t ask me when the book is going to be done — I’ll ask my minions to lop your head off.”
Followers of Game of Thrones will note that Martin’s promise isn’t likely empty.
Business Insider reports that the sixth season of Game of Thrones will air in April, 2016.
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