While we all wish George R.R. Martin was ensconced in a cabin somewhere away from any distractions so all he could do was write, he made an appearance at the Writers Guild West Awards and ended up saying some very interesting things.
For one thing, Martin says that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are planning to kill off characters who don’t die in the books. Speaking with ShowBizz411 he notes:
“People are going to die who don’t die in the books, so even the book readers will be unhappy. So everybody better be on their toes. David and D.B. are even bloodier than I am.”
I’ll admit, I sort of hope Littlefinger either takes a trip through the Moon Door or dies slowly of blood loss when Varys castrates him. I know, I’m a terrible person.
GRRM also addressed the possibility of how many additional seasons the show might have:
“Yeah, it’s the hottest show on TV now, but will it be the hottest show on TV two years from now? Hot shows come and go and television changes, and I’ve lived through that before. I certainly hope that we get to tell the entire story. Because whatever happens with the show I’m going to finish the books, it will be seven books. But each of these books are 1500 pages long and they each have enough material in them for several seasons. I have two more books, the one I’m writing right now, ‘The Winds Of Winter,’ and after that the last book, ‘The Dream of Spring,’ so those will be the two final books. But we’re talking 3000 pages of material. How many seasons that translates too? That’s up to D.B. And David.”
Weiss and Beninoff have both said in the past that they only see seven or eight seasons for Game Of Thrones and we’re going into season five now. So I’m curious as to why GRRM is saying things like this. Maybe he’s hoping they’ll extend out the seasons so he’ll have more time to finish his books?
Either way, this seems like a pretty good indicator that the show will forge it’s own path. Perhaps even coming to a conclusion before the books do.
(via Winter Is Coming)