HBO Exec Talks “Thrones” Overtaking Books

Appearing at the Television Critics Association this week, HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler has spoken about how the network’s big-budget fantasy series “Game of Thrones” has caught up to and is now going beyond the source material upon which it’s based – George R. R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” books.

This moment was always a possibility, and Plepler tells spoke with Slashfilm that they’ve planned ahead enough it shouldn’t be an issue:

“You know, I was never sure but I always knew that given the relationship that David and Dan had with George and the closeness and respect that they have for each other that if they overtook the books or not, there would be a synchronic and organic conversation going on between them. That they would never do anything that would violate George’s sense of the integrity of the story and I think that’s absolutely true. Their relationship is such a wonderful thing to observe, the mutual respect that they have for each other that I know George would say, ‘I trust these guys moving this arc forward.’

I would only say that that’s going to be up to David and Dan to determine where they take the story in concert with George, but everyone is very excited about the continuum. I think when you see even the first episodes of the new season, you’ll see how much life and dynamism there is in this story.”

Plepler has also spoken about the marketing campaign for the sixth season and its use of images of Jon Snow to tease audiences:

“I give all the credit to our marketing team. Basically of course is always looking to remind the audience of how exciting and dynamic the programming is and I think that they felt correctly that this was a great titillation for the new season and it certainly is proven so as you see by the social traffic by the social traffic on that. I think it was just titillation in the purest sense and I wouldn’t confirm or deny anything, but it worked very well.”

“Game of Thrones” returns for its sixth season on April 24th.