Though they have been diverging from the books more and more with each season, “Game of Thrones” show runners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff have finally confirmed something we’ve all suspected – with the show overtaking the book’s narrative, the series will soon spoil several aspects of the upcoming two books remaining in George R.R. Martin’s saga. Speaking to the Oxford Union over the weekend (via Vanity Fair), Benioff says:
“Luckily, we’ve been talking about this with George for a long time, ever since we saw this could happen, and we know where things are heading. And so we’ll eventually, basically, meet up at pretty much the same place where George is going; there might be a few deviations along the route, but we’re heading towards the same destination. I kind of wish that there were some things we didn’t have to spoil, but we’re kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place. The show must go on… and that’s what we’re going to do.”
Despite this, Weiss, Benioff, and Martin agree that there’ll still be plenty of surprises for the fans even if they watch the show first:
“I think the thing that’s kind of fun for George is the idea that he can still have surprises for people even once they’ve watched the show through to the conclusion. There are certain things that are going to happen in the books that are different in the show, and I think people who love the show and want more- want to know more about the characters, want to know more about the different characters who might not have made the cut for the show – will be able to turn to the books.”
The upcoming fifth season of “Game of Thrones” is slated to premiere on April 12th.