Game Of Thrones is one of the most hyped, most pirated, and most loved TV shows in the world, but fans are noticing that the TV show is not going exactly along the lines of the original books penned by fantasy author George R.R. Martin. The latest installments have showed that the books won’t necessarily be an indicator of what will be going on this season.
Of course, it’s not the first time the show has diverged from the books, there will always be changes in transition from one media to another, but reportedly the big plot differences are part of something much more large and permanent which will see fans of the TV series and the books getting two distinct stories from now on, although main plot points will be the same.
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The producers have made it quite clear they intend to end the show with Season 7, so we already have a clear road map to the series finale. Season 6 arrives in 2016, and the HBO show will grace our screens for the last time in 2017. Martin’s road map, meanwhile, involves two more novels: The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring – titles announced a decade ago.
So let’s be generous to Martin, and imagine that The Winds of Winter is coming in early 2016 (it won’t, for the record), just ahead of the TV season that will likely be based on it. That schedule is not entirely beyond the bounds of reason, given that he has already offered two sample chapters of the new book online.
What is beyond the bounds of reason, however, is that A Dream of Spring could be completed just one year later, in time for Season 7 in 2017. Martin’s books are behemoths lasting between 800 and 1,100 pages each, and even the early books — when he was actually writing fast — had two-year gaps between them.
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Show producers David Benioff and D.B Weiss have told that both their and Martin’s endings will be the same, although they will take different routes to get there. Martin’s in a win/win situation. Even if Benioff and Weiss foul up onscreen Westeros, no problem, because George will be right there behind them, perfecting their mistakes, and the last laugh, will indeed be his.
In summary, fans of the show can expect two more seasons leading up to the end of the story, without having to wait any longer for Martin to finish the books, whilst readers will undoubtedly have to wait a while before the printed version arrives, although it might contain a few more surprises and details than the TV series when all’s said and done.
Via: The Telegraph