Game of Thrones Season 6 will not be based on George R.R. Martin’s books, as the showrunners, David Benioff and Dan Weiss, confirmed that the series will take a different path from here onwards. Ideally, this means those who end up reading George R.R. Martin’s next books in the series will experience two versions of the story if they watch the HBO show.
The showrunners told Entertainment Weekly that Game of Thrones Season 6 won’t spoil the books, as it will focus on a different path from George R.R. Martin’s story.
“People are talking about whether the books are going to be spoiled – and it’s really not true,” Benioff told EW. “So much of what we’re doing diverges from the books at this point. And while there are certain key elements that will be the same, we’re not going to talk so much about that – and I don’t think George is either. People are going to be very surprised when they read the books after the show. They’re quite divergent in so many respects for the remainder of the show.”
The new twist in the show has not come at a surprise, because in January, Martin revealed that his next book in the series won’t be ready by April 24 when Game of Thrones Season 6 kicks off. The last five seasons of Game of Thrones relied a lot on George Martin’s books.
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Now that showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have promised fans of the Game of Thrones books that they can expect a different story from the one they watch on HBO, this means that the show will provide no spoilers for GRRM’s books. Therefore, there will be no harm done to Martin’s upcoming book in the series, The Winds of Winter. In fact, the showrunners encourage Game of Thrones fans to try to experience the two narratives of the story.
“What makes the books so great is that George doesn’t make meticulous blueprints for every beat of this story and then fill in the blanks dutifully going from A to B to C, fleshing out an outline,” Weiss added. “At a certain point, we realized we were going to outpace the books and we kind of chose to see it as a great thing on both sides – there’s this amazing world George has created and now there are two different versions, and there’s no reason we can see why you can’t be thrilled and surprised and dismayed by both of these different versions of this world.”
Game of Thrones Season 6 has been tipped by many fans to become the series’ best season yet, and the showrunners have pretty much the same feeling. On Monday, the Inquisitr reported that the showrunners were optimistic that Game of Thrones Season 6 will be the show’s best season yet before adding on Tuesday a few pointers on what would be the greatest battle since the series began back in 2010.
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Game of Thrones fans have been trying to come up with their own theories and fake spoilers in readiness for Season 6. Some of the most common theories revolve around the return of one of the show’s leading characters since it started. Jon Snow, who purportedly died at the end of Game of Thrones Season 5, is expected to return, but there is no clarity as to whether he will return as a White Walker or in flesh and blood.
A couple fo days ago, the Inquisitr ran a story citing a number of fake spoilers for Game of Thrones that fans have been floating via the internet. There is also a lot of talk about the show’s hardcore status with cast member, Stephen Dillane, saying that the show is “too brutal and hardcore to watch.” I doubt whether there will be any changes to this in Game of Thrones Season 6, given the high number of deaths expected and, of course, the biggest battle yet.
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