Now that Season 4 of Game of Throneshas concluded, it’s time to look ahead to Season 5. Based on A Song of Ice and Fire, the material for next season could be the most difficult to adapt of all of the seasons so far, and no one is more aware of this than the show’s creators, David Benioff and Dan Weiss.
“We try not to talk about what's coming in future seasons,” Weiss tells The Hollywood Reporter. “The books are the reason we're doing this; they're our road map, and they provide many or most of our destinations. But there are many ways to get to each destination, and some are more appropriate for our show than others.”
That quote makes it sound like the show will veer even further from its source material in Season 5 in an attempt to do what’s best for the show. Benioff seems to back up that sentiment.
“We have to make a show that succeeds on its own terms, and sometimes that means veering away from the books,” Benioff reveals. “Some people will be upset by that. Some people will like it. Obviously we hope for more of the latter, but if we ever write a scene (or avoid writing a scene) because we're afraid of pissing someone off, we're sunk. As for season five, we're still figuring out how we can afford everything we want to do. There are a few sequences that are absolutely terrifying from a production standpoint.”
While the showrunners sound nervous about what’s to come in Season 5, which they are still writing, we’re sure they’ll pull off something grand.