Hitfix – Recently, “Game of Thrones” creators David Benioff and Daniel Brett Weiss sat down at the Oxford Union with actors Kit Harrington and John Bradley to talk about the upcoming season. During the Q&A portion of the event, David Benioff confirmed that “Game of Thrones” will eventually spoil the ending for “A Dream of Spring,” George R.R. Martin’s final novel in the “Song of Ice and Fire” series. The question about the show overtaking the novels came around 34 minutes into the interview. A participant asked how the show planned to handle the fact they are quickly running out of known source material for several prominent characters. Benioff explained:
We’ve been talking to [George R.R. Martin] for a while about this because we didn’t want to catch up. But at the same time, George has his process. And if takes him 20 years to finish the series, that’s what it should take. To my mind, he’s writing the great fantasy epic of our time. So we can’t rush him and I wouldn’t want to rush him.But we can’t put the show on hiatus. […] So we have to keep pushing forward. Luckily, we’ve been talking with George about this for a long time, ever since we saw this could happen. We know where things are heading. We’ll eventually meet up pretty much the same place where George is going [in “A Dream of Spring”]. There might be a few deviations along the route but we’re headed to the same destination.
I kind of wish there were some things we didn’t have to spoil in terms of the books, but we’re stuck between a rock and a hard place. The show must go on.
So there you have it. “Game of Thrones” is going to head towards the same conclusion as Martin’s “A Dream of Spring” with spoilers for “The Winds of Winter” along the way. Fans of HitFix Harpy already suspected as much, but now we have Word of God. So should book readers keep watching the HBO show?
It was inevitable. Everyone knew it would eventually happen. But hearing the creators confirm it and knowing that a lot of it will start to unfold this season is joyous mews ::Tobias Funke voice:: I dont necessarily even think its a good thing for the TV show. The dude who came up with all this stuff is probably the best person to see it all through. The GoT TV creators are no doubt tapped into the fictional world of the 7 Kingdoms but if you’re asking me whos the best option to write the end of this saga, its obviously George RR Martin.
But I am just loving the fact that the book snobs are now so fucked. My how the tables have turned on you losers. After like 4+ years of intentionally spoiling shit or being that annoying guy saying “Just wait until you get to…” every time anybody talked about the show, its finally coming back to bite you in the ass. Now all the pea brains like me who would never read 2 billion page books are gonna know everything. Me and all my dumb TV friends are gonna know everything! And we’re gonna spoil it! We’re going to spoil everything!
You and your book club and even George RR Martin wont know what happens next! Sucks for all the normal people who can read a book and watch a TV show at the same time without being an insufferable douche but for all the Book Is Better Than The Movie guys out there, sucks for you! Nice guys and book readers finish last. Guys who cut corners like me and get about 500 pages of reading condensed into 50 minutes win.
And honestly theres nobody to blame but George RR Martin. I get that you’re an artist bro. I get that plenty of TV shows and movies are just adaptations or change the novels. But cmon. Lets go. You’re now getting like a bazillion dollars for this series. Lock yourself in the room and get this shit done. Nobody will be mad if the last book is only 500 pages instead of 1,000. Just cut out a couple hundred dickless dudes and you could probably cut your writing workload in half.
PS – Truth be told I probably wouldnt even be able to spoil this series if I tried because I can never remember who anybody is and what the fuck is really going on. So I’d be like “Hey book nerd! The dude on the ship from the kingdom with the snow killed that bad guy who tortures people!”