Will Game of Thrones Catch Up With the Books? HBO Execs “Not Concerned”
For its first four seasons, Game of Thrones was based roughly on the first three books in George R. R. Martin’s novel series, A Song of Ice and Fire. Season 5 is expected to be based largely upon the concurrently occurring fourth and fifth books of the series, which are also the last to be published. With two more massive, time-consuming books in the works and GoT planning on wrapping up the story in just seven seasons, it seems almost guaranteed that the show will surpass the books in the story. Is HBO worried about that?
“Obviously George [R. R. Martin] is an integral part of the creative team,” HBO president Michael Lombardo says. “So next season every move is being choreographed very closely with him. Certainly after next year we’ll have to figure it out with George, but we’re not concerned about it.” The line “certainly after next year” alludes to the fact that, unless the next book in the series is on shelves by then, the show will have passed the books.
HBO basically has no reason to be worried about this, Game of Thrones might just be the most popular show on television right now and it seems likely that the show has made more fans of the books than vice versa. But we’re guessing that George R. R. Martin is pretty worried about it, so unless he wants someone else to tell his story, he’d better start cranking out some books! (Relevantbooks).