As you've undoubtedly noticed by now, HBO series Game of Thrones is fast approaching its fifth season, which, worryingly, is also the number where the books it was based on have temporarily halted. With this knowledge in mind, a troubling issue has begun dancing in the faces of all Thrones-fans.
With the series having been renewed for the next two seasons and the next installment of A Song Of Ice And Fire due to possibly release in 2016, fans were worrying that the series may end up becoming the Mother of Spoilers for the parallel tales occurring in Martin's epic lore, and conclude on TV before the final novel releases.
While talking with the Oxford Union, showrunner David Benioff confirmed our fears, but made made some inroad into dissolving them:
Luckily, we’ve been talking about this with George [R.R. Martin] for a long time... and we know where things are heading. So, we’ll eventually meet up at pretty much the same place where George is going. There might be a few deviations along the route, but we’re heading towards the same destination."
We will see deviations from the books as we have been seeing since Season 3 and the conclusion of a certain wedding, but is that, all in all, a bad thing?
With Weiss and Benioff holding firm to their seven season plan, despite HBO's understandable desire for more, the fact that the sure-to-be-ground-shakingly-epic conclusion to Martin's vision will appear on televisions before the book in your hands is something not to be feared for a couple of reasons:
1. The books are terrific, yet weighty. So the show allows you to get into the action and the plot quicker and in a... slightly lighter fashion, while leaving you open to delve deeper and ascertain more of the lofty lore from the novels.
2. Lest a huge cataclysm befall the series, a new GoT will release every year. Martin's novels take... significantly longer than that. So if you're not blessed with an abundance of patience, your luck is in!
I love the show, I love the books. Martin can take as long as he wants crafting the perfect novel, because it's his baby. As long as Daenerys, Tyrion and the Stark/Snow children survive the blood hungry lands of Westeros and Essos, then I'm a happy man. If not, I guess I'll survive.
(Source: Geek Tyrant)