Many fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones who aren’t familiar with author George R.R. Martin‘s “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series go into each new episode terrified at the thought that one of their favorite characters could be dead without warning before the credits roll. This is something fans of the books obviously do not have to worry about…not until now anyway.
Martin made a surprise appearance at the Writers Guild West Awards recently, where he revealed a shocking bit of information: characters are going to die in Game of Thrones Season 5 who do not die in his books.
Continue reading to see what the author had to say about this and the future of the show.
Here’s what Martin had to say about the new season:
“People are going to die who don’t die in the books, so even the book readers will be unhappy. So everybody better be on their toes. David and D.B. (David Benioff and D.B. Weiss co-creators of ‘Game Of Thrones) are even bloodier than I am.”
While shocking on the surface, this could mean many things. Surely he’s not just making it up, but it’s also very unlikely that Benioff and Weiss are going to kill off a character that’s crucial to Martin’s book storylines. More than likely it means that they figured out some of the known but not-so-crucial characters who are alive in the books but could be expendable. That said, would any of us really be surprised if they did something like this?
Also worth noting is that he says “people,” implying that it could be more than one character. And does “don’t die in the books” mean they haven’t died in the existing books, or that they aren’t going to die in any of the books, including the two that haven’t yet been released? Interesting stuff to ponder!
Martin was also asked about the future of the show, including how many seasons there might be and the uncertainty of TV even when a show’s as popular as Game of Thrones is:
“Not really certain yet. This is the fifth season, the sixth season HBO picked up last year. We will have a 7th, 8th or 9th, no one knows. They only renew one or two seasons at a time. After we do season 6, maybe we’ll get a renewal for 7th and 8th. That all depends, Television is a very changeable medium.
Yeah, it’s the hottest show on TV now, but will it be the hottest show on TV two years from now? Hot shows come and go and television changes, and I’ve lived through that before. I certainly hope that we get to tell the entire story. Because whatever happens with the show I’m going to finish the books, it will be seven books. But each of these books are 1500 pages long and they each have enough material in them for several seasons. I have two more books, the one I’m writing right now, ‘The Winds Of Winter,’ and after that the last book, ‘The Dream of Spring,’ so those will be the two final books. But we’re talking 3000 pages of material. How many seasons that translates too? That’s up to D.B. And David.”
If you were a fan of the “Song of Ice and Fire” books long before the show arrived, is this something that worries you or would you welcome the surprise?
Personally, as a fan of the show who, like many others, has been gut punched a few times, I can only hope this means YouTube videos of fans of the books reacting to a shocking death they had no idea was coming is in our future.