An Important Discussion About ‘Game Of Thrones’ And George R.R. Martin’s Books

01.04.16 10 months ago • 14 Comments
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George R.R. Martin recently made official what many fans had feared for months: The next book in the series that inspired HBO’s Game of Thrones, The Winds of Winter, won’t be released before the next season of the show. Martin wrote a lengthy blog post just after the new year explaining the delay and his struggle with deadlines, in general, but the upshot of it all is that we’re about to enter a bizarro reality where — after five seasons of the opposite being true — the show will be ahead of the books in some ways . He elaborated:

I never thought the series could possibly catch up with the books, but it has. The show moved faster than I anticipated and I moved more slowly. There were other factors too, but that was the main one. Given where we are, inevitably, there will be certain plot twists and reveals in season six of GAME OF THRONES that have not yet happened in the books. For years my readers have been ahead of the viewers. This year, for some things, the reverse will be true. How you want to handle that… hey, that’s up to you. Look, I read Andy Weir’s novel THE MARTIAN before I saw the movie. But I saw the BBC production of JONATHAN STRANGE AND MR NORRELL before I finally got around to reading Susanna Clarke’s novel. In both cases, I loved the book and I loved the adaptation. It does not need to be one or the other. You might prefer one over the other, but you can still enjoy the hell out of both.

This will, understandably, make things a bit weird going forward, for just about everyone, but especially for the people whose attachment to the series began with Martin’s writing. So what we’re going to do here is talk through it, you and I. I think that might help. Please, if there’s anything you want to say, don’t hesita-…

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