Keeping the Game of Thrones TV Show from Catching up to the Books

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

George R.R. Martin has a plan for keeping the Game of Thrones TV show from catching up to the books:

They know certain things. I’ve told them certain things. So they have some knowledge, but the devil is in the details. I can give them the broad strokes of what I intend to write, but the details aren’t there yet. I’m hopeful that I can not let them catch up with me. The season that’s about to debut covers the second half of the third book. The third book [A Storm of Swords] was so long that it had to be split into two. But there are two more books beyond that, A Feast for Crowsand A Dance With Dragons. A Dance With Dragons is itself a book that’s as big as A Storm of Swords. So there’s potentially three more seasons there, between Feast and Dance, if they split into two the way they did [with Storms]. Now, Feast and Dance take place simultaneously. So you can’t do Feast and then Dance the way I did. You can combine them and do it chronologically. And it’s my hope that they’ll do it that way and then, long before they catch up with me, I’ll have published The Winds of Winter, which’ll give me another couple years. It might be tight on the last book, A Dream of Spring, as they juggernaut forward.


  1. Bob Sykes says:

    The real problem is that Martin has lost control of the plot line and narrative and seemingly has lost interest in the series. The five volumes of the series leave all the characters stranded in mid-story, and Martin himself is too old to finish the series, which would require another five volumes.

  2. Al Fin says:

    He needs a strong collaborator. Someone who can step back some of the several disasters in the plot and make the alterations convincing.

    It is all a matter of perspective, and a strong author can work wonders in re-framing perspective in the middle of a story.

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