‘Game Of Thrones’ Showrunners Claim People Will Be ‘Surprised’ To Read ‘Winds Of Winter’ After Watching The Show

Game of Thrones Season 6 is the show’s first time to go on its own and not base its narrative on George R.R. Martin’s books since the novelist wasn’t able to meet his Winds of Winter deadline. While some fear that the new series might spoil the highly-anticipated novel, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss told Entertainment Weekly that readers would be taken aback once they get hold of Winds of Winter.

“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 Game of Thrones showrunners met with GRRM several years ago to know about the ending that he was planning. The author’s vision for the story’s final arc is enough for Benioff and Weiss to continue. The two eventually realized that they’d outpace the novels, and while it was initially daunting, they saw it as a positive thing because they could finally forge the show devoid of others’ astronomic expectations.

“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.”

The showrunners also teased fans saying that Game of Thrones Season 6 would be the most exciting. They admitted that in every season, there’s usually an episode or two that didn’t meet their expectations. However, Game of Thrones Season 6 didn’t have those kinds of episodes.

“Then the episodes came in better than we hoped. We’re always reluctant to say it’s ‘the best season yet’ because so much of that is in the eyes of the beholder. And Dan and I are so close to it that it’s impossible to be unbiased. But that’s my sense – watching them all together now, this is the best one we’ve done. It’s also the one I’m proudest of, because it was the hardest.”

Game of Thrones Season 6 premieres on April 24 and since the season will start where it ended last year, fans cannot wait to find out if Jon Snow is alive.

Several conspiracy theories have already emerged about his fate with some relying on Melisandre’s necromantic powers to bring him back. However, Carice van Houten previously debunked rumors that her character could indeed resurrect Jon.

“I’m afraid I’m gonna disappoint a lot of people. Why so much pressure on my character? I mean, I understand that he’s the good we want in this crazy world. And me and my mother and my sister want him to come back very desperately. But Melisandre has never brought anyone back to life. Why does it have to be me?”

Even Kit Harington doesn’t want fans to have high expectations. After being seen on the set of Game of Thrones Season 6, the actor said that he was there to film scenes as a “corpse” and not as the living Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch.

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