Game of Thrones is the wildly popular television adaptation of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series. The television series is moving into its sixth season, which in and of itself isn't all that alarming – except that the series has caught up to where the book series left off. The problem is the book series isn't complete, and if the television series relies on the books, then how can it go on?
Time reports that Martin is well aware that the show has closed in on the books. He is moving ahead with the books, and he has decided not to let the status of the show affect his writing.
"I've been hearing them come up behind me for years, and the question is, How can I make myself write faster? I think, by now, the answer is, I can't. I write at the pace I write, and what the show is doing is not going to change what the books are."
Martin recently held a discussion session with students at the Northwestern Medill School of Journalism, which is his alma mater, graduating in 1971 with a Master's degree in journalism. According to Time, Martin would not divulge how he plans to end Game of Thrones, except to say it will be bittersweet.
"I think you need to have some hope... we all yearn for happy endings in a sense. Myself, I'm attracted to the bittersweet ending. People ask me how Game of Thrones is gonna end, and I'm not gonna tell them... but I always say to expect something bittersweet in the end. You can't just fulfill a quest and then pretend life is perfect."
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Aside from talking about Game of Thrones with the students at the discussion, Martin spoke with them about the career of writing. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Martin said being a writer is not for the faint of heart.
"It is a profession for people who can live with violent reversals of fortune and ups and downs, who can live with being hot and lauded and very successful and then having it all crumble beneath you because your latest project failed. It's hard to get used to."
It seems that Martin has done pretty well for himself, but he went through a lot of rejection to get there, having written pilots for "half-a-dozen shows" that were never picked up.
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As for Game of Thrones Season 6, filming started in July, and it is slotted to premiere on April 24, 2016. According to the Week, ever since the filming began, there has been a steady leak of photos and rumors. Here's what we know so far. There will be a mystery royal role, in which Bollywood actor Neil Nitin Mukesh has been cast. Mukesh says his role will be very similar to the one he played in the family drama Prem Ratan Dhan Payo.
"I play a royal in both and also feature in combat scenes."
Potential spoiler alert: There has also been a photo leaked that shows the characters Margaery Tyrell, Daenerys Targaryen, and Cersei Lannister together.
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Other than this, rumors abound that the beloved character Jon Snow will be back and Yara Greyjoy will return. And was that Sean Bean spotted on the set? There is only one way to find out for sure, though. That is to make it to April 24 (if you can bear it) and get set to watch Season 6. It is sure to pack a bittersweet punch!
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