HBO really needs George R. R. Martin to finish his A Song of Ice and Fire series. The future of the TV adaptation Game of Thrones might be in jeopardy simply because they’re running out of story to adapt.
Martin still has two books left in his epic seven novel series, with a possible eighth just in case he doesn’t manage to wrap things up. He said that the series creators know the end of the story in broad strokes just in case he dies before he finishes his series, but the HBO team obviously wants to follow Martin’s vision as much as they can.
Since it took six years to complete A Dance with Dragons, the most recent of the series published in 2011, HBO is worried that they’ll overtake Martin’s epic. Martin previously vowed not to let the series pass him by, but expressed his own worries that they’ll inevitably catch up to him in more recent interviews.
Millions of fans have long been pressuring Martin to pick up the pace, and HBO has joined in with executives telling TV critics that the author should “get busy writing.”
“As far as I’m concerned, they can go on as long as there are stories to tell,” said HBO programming president Michael Lombardo. “We certainly haven’t gotten anywhere near that conversation with [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss].”
Still, he admitted he knows that “there are issues with the books and catching up.”
“Our line to George was ‘keep writing,’” chimed in HBO chief executive Richard Plepler.
“Yes. Get busy writing,” Lombardo agreed.
Do you think that HBO’s Game of Thrones will overtake George R. R. Martin’s book series?