It is official. Game of Thrones will end before the books do, making many wonder the approach that HBO will take. George R.R. Martin shared the news that he would not release a new novel this year.
The writer has been working on the sixth instalment of A Song of Ice and Fire for a number of years now. Fans of the novels had hoped that HBO turning his books into a TV show would push him to writing his novels faster. The last thing they want is for Game of Thrones to spoil the ending for them. However, Martin has said that his writing is taking time.
HarperCollins, the publisher for the book series, said that the book will not be published in 2015. The publisher did not share whether it would be published next year or the year after. Jane Johnson did acknowledge that fans have been waiting since 2011, but that there will be prequel novellas being released to entertain fans. They will be published this year.
The problem is that the books are complex and take time to write. Fans want the storytelling to be perfect, and that requires time. Johnson also shared that the sixth book Winds of Winter is much longer than novels by many other writers.
Despite not saying anything about it, it does mean that Game of Thrones will end before the books. Now the question is whether it will spoil the ending for readers. Martin had hoped that it would not come to this, and may create a plan of attack with the show writers to create something different.
Game of Thrones season five is coming out in April. While it is predominantly based on A Feast of Crows, the fourth book, there are elements of A Dance With Dragons, the fifth instalment. It is disappointing for some fans, considering book three was split into two seasons. However, the plots intertwine in books four and five, meaning that they need to turn into a single season.
It is unlikely that HBO will delay Game of Thrones. It is one of the most popular TV shows around the world, and has stuck with a good schedule for the last four seasons, and going into the fifth. There is also the issue of actors growing up quickly than their characters. This is one of the biggest issues with having children as main casts in TV shows. Isaac Hempstead-Wright and Maisie Williams are already much older than their characters Bran and Arya Stark, and it will cause problems for the writers if the show is delayed any longer.
Even if Winds of Winter comes out just before April 2016, there is no way that the seventh book can be completed before April 2017. Martin has already proven that it takes at least two years to write an instalment. The producers of Game of Thrones have already said that the show will end with season seven, so there is little chance of getting two seasons out of book six to hope that Martin will write book seven in enough time.
It is disappointing for many, and is leading to many questions. However, it has been confirmed just with the release date of book six being set for after 2015. Game of Thrones will end before the books do.
By Alexandria Ingham
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