The issue of the TV show coming to an end before Martin publishes the final novel, A Dream of Spring, is not new, but now that Benioff and Weiss are seriously thinking about the endgame, it’s becoming a genuine threat. Martin is all too aware of the problem, but in an extensive and fascinating interview with Vanity Fair, he explained his hope that the book series will finish first:
“I’m hopeful that I cannot let them catch up with me. The season that’s about to debut covers the second half of the third book. The third book [A Storm of Swords] was so long that it had to be split into two. But there are two more books beyond that, A Feast for Crows and A Dance With Dragons. A Dance With Dragons is itself a book that’s as big as A Storm of Swords. So there’s potentially three more seasons there, between Feast and Dance, if they split into two the way they did [with Storms].
Now, Feast and Dance take place simultaneously. So you can’t do Feast and then Dance the way I did. You can combine them and do it chronologically. And it’s my hope that they’ll do it that way and then, long before they catch up with me, I’ll have published The Winds of Winter, which’ll give me another couple years. It might be tight on the last book, A Dream of Spring, as they juggernaut forward.”
Though that sounds like a nice plan, it doesn’t seem to jibe with Benioff and Weiss’ seven or eight-season cap. Regardless, in the near future we have season four to look forward to, which premieres on HBO Sunday, April 6th.
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