It began on HBO’s “Game of Thrones” last season with a couple of minor scenes, and now it’s expected that with each upcoming season there will be more and more departures from the George R.R. Martin-penned “A Song of Ice and Fire” novel series.
In a new interview with Showbiz 411, Martin reveals that said changes include killing off characters who remain alive in the books, something that has already happened but has been restricted to only very minor names so far:
“People are going to die who don’t die in the books, so even the book readers will be unhappy. So everybody better be on their toes. [Showrunners] David [Benioff] and D.B. [Weiss] are even bloodier than I am.”
It’s well known that producers Benioff and Weiss are amongst the very few who know Martin’s plans for his final two novels in the series, and that HBO isn’t planning to continue the series forever despite the all the ratings and critical love it gets. So the groundwork for the endgame is being laid, albeit only to a small extent this season.
Martin was also asked how many more seasons he thinks the show has left:
“Not really certain yet. This is the fifth season, the sixth season HBO picked up last year. We will have a 7th, 8th or 9th, no one knows. They only renew one or two seasons at a time. After we do season 6, maybe we’ll get a renewal for 7th and 8th. That all depends, Television is a very changeable medium.
I certainly hope that we get to tell the entire story. Because whatever happens with the show I’m going to finish the books, it will be seven books. But each of these books are 1500 pages long and they each have enough material in them for several seasons. I have two more books, the one I’m writing right now, ‘The Winds Of Winter,’ and after that the last book, ‘The Dream of Spring,’ so those will be the two final books. But we’re talking 3000 pages of material. How many seasons that translates too? That’s up to D.B. And David.”
It has already been revealed that “The Winds of Winter” will not be published until 2016 at the earliest.