For many fans there has been a fear that author George R.R. Martin won't finish his "A Song of Ice and Fire" novels before the series adaptation, HBO's "Game of Thrones," catches up.
Two books remain in the seven-book series with Martin likely to have the sixth one done in time for the series. But can the famously slow writer do a seventh in time?
There's also the issue of HBO being able to afford the series and the increasingly elaborate battles and scale of the events in the final two books. Talking with Heat Vision, Martin has suggested a solution - movies:
"It all depends on how long the main series runs. Do we run for seven years? Do we run for eight? Do we run for ten? The books get bigger and bigger (in scope). It might need a feature to tie things up, something with a feature budget, like $100 million for two hours. Those dragons get real big, you know."
Martin also says another possibility is a film based on his three prequel novellas "Tales of Dunk and Egg" which revolve around a group of characters in Westeros ninety years before the events depicted in the main novels.
Were a film to go ahead, Warner Bros. Pictures would be the natural home for the project. For now, there's no word on when HBO will end "Game of Thrones" with the fourth season about to go to air and a fifth season a lock at this point.