Two years ago in Santa Fe, author George R. R. Martin sat down with David Benioff and Dan Weiss, the show runners on HBO’s big-budget fantasy series “Game of Thrones” which is based on Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels. Though the trio had been working together for years, there was something different about this meeting – it’s one in which Martin roughly sketched out a raw plan on how he intends to end his book saga.
Speaking with EW, the showrunners said the meeting revealed “three holy sh- moments” that would serve as both major twists and punches to the gut of audience members. The first ended up in the latter part of the fifth season with a young girl being burned alive. The second happened this past weekend. The third shock though won’t come until the very end of the show.
The producers have long claimed that the show won’t spoil the books, despite last week’s reveal effectively doing just that, though there will be some points of similarity between the two as they head to their conclusion. Benioff addressed concerns:
“People are talking about whether the books are going to be spoiled – and it’s really not true. So much of what we’re doing diverges from the books at this point. And while there are certain key elements that will be the same, we’re not going to talk so much about that – and I don’t think George is either. People are going to be very surprised when they read the books after the show. They’re quite divergent in so many respects for the remainder of the show.”
Martin has also already promised a fourth big twist that is exclusive to the novel series because the TV series has already killed off the character this twist revolves around.