HBO's Game of Thrones has been a joy to watch, and the fact that it's based on the unfinished A Song of Ice and Fire book series by George R.R. Martin, seems to have caused an interesting dilemma for fans of both mediums.
The next novel in the series isn’t scheduled to hit store until at least 2016. With that in mind, Game of Thrones is speedily catching up to the books that it was born from, and series executive producer David Benioff recently admitted that the show will eventually spoil the ending of the books.
While talking to the Oxford Union, Benioff admitted that his team was stuck “between a rock and a hard place.” No one wants to spoil the A Song of Ice and Fire ending for readers, but the show has to keep going.
"Luckily, we’ve been talking about this with George [R.R. Martin] for a long time... and we know where things are heading. So, we’ll eventually 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."
The series has taken a few different directions from the books, and that will continue to happen. But what this news tells us is that they will both end in the same way. When HBO started the series, the creators hoped that the books would be published before the series ended, but that's not how it turned out. Benioff explains why they can't wait for the series to end:
"We can’t put the show on hiatus… We can’t take a two-year break 'cause you know these guys are in demand and they are going to go off and do other stuff. So, we kind of have to keep pushing forward."
I think we all had an idea that this was going to happen, but now it's been confirmed. It's a pretty big deal because I can understand why this would piss off fans of the book. I guess if the hardcore book fans really wanted to, they could just put off watching Game of Thrones until after Martin finishes the story and they've read it. But the temptation is there.
As for me, I don't mind. I'll watch the series, and then read the books after they're published. Martin’s next novel isn’t coming anytime soon, so if Game of Thrones catches up, that's just how it has to be. The plan for the showrunners was to end Game of Thrones with Season 7 or 8, even though HBO is hoping for more.
What do you think about Game of Thrones spoiling the ending of the books?