In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, author George R.R. Martin addressed the elephant in the room that readers of the books which the HBO show Game of Thrones is based on have noticed for a while now. For those who are wondering, yes, he is fully aware the show is rapidly catching up with the pace of his books, which he has yet to complete. For Martin and the show producers this is becoming quite a problem as Martin has an idea of how he wants to end the series, but nothing concrete.
I can give them the broad strokes of what I intend to write, but the details aren’t there yet. I’m hopeful that I can not let them catch up with me.
Last year Martin sat down with show creators (David Benioff and D. B. Weiss) to discuss every character so they could begin laying the ground work for the ending. Right now Martin has around two seasons of breathing room before he either must finish the final half of his series of books or allow the television show to pass up his progress. It sounds like a lot of time, but if you've ever read A Song of Ice and Fire you'd understand why it took Martin 6 years to write the equivalent of the first season, and another 5 to complete the second. The books are highly in depth, and in my opinion why the series is so successful. Everything from set descriptions to characters' feelings are all in the book, and while Martin does like to take his time, he knows the show can't wait forever.
Maisie was the same age as Arya when it started, but now Maisie is a young woman and Arya is still 11. Time is passing very slowly in the books and very fast in real life.
Hopefully one product doesn't rush the other or cause the other to falter. This is a great series, and I would hate time to be the factor that kills the show!