With the sixth season of “Game of Thrones” going beyond George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” novel series, there’s obvious concerns and indecisiveness from fans regarding whether they should continue on with the series. If they do they might be exposed to potential spoilers for the sixth book “The Winds of Winter,” or they could just wait until Martin publishes his book – a title with no release date in sight as yet.
The show’s producer David Benioff tells EW that season six and those beyond will be significantly different from Martin’s plans for his books. The show has been gradually drifting away from the books over the past few seasons anyway, and it seems the new episodes will only increase that divergence:
“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.”
Benioff’s fellow co-showrunner D.B. Weiss adds that:
“At a certain point, we realized we were going to outpace the books, and we kind of chose to see it as a great thing on both sides – there’s this amazing world George has created and now there are two different versions, and there’s no reason we can see why you can’t be thrilled and surprised and dismayed by both of these different versions of this world.”
We’ll see for ourselves what the result is when the sixth season premieres on the network from April 24th.