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Will HBO’s Game of Thrones Catch Up to the Novels?

Winter is coming, but is it arriving fast enough?

A Song of Ice and Fire novelist George R.R. Martin spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the very real possibility of HBO’s Game of Thrones catching up with the fan-favorite fantasy books the show is based on. Martin has penned and published five novels in the series thus far; the sixth book, The Winds of Winter, is in progress, with no release date set.

“I think the odds against that happening are very long,” the author said when asked if he fears the show, now approaching its fourth season, might pass the novels’ release schedule. “I still have a lead of several gigantic books. If they include everything in the books, I don’t think they’re going to catch up with me. If they do, we’ll have some interesting discussions.”

For their part, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are both on the record with their hope that Martin releases the Ice and Fire novels before the Thrones TV series catches up with him.

“We still have our fingers crossed that George will get there,” said Weiss. “That’s what’s best for us, it’s what’s best for the fans. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.”

“Ideally the books come out first,” added Benioff.

“Ideally” being the operative word. There’s much more over at the article. It’s a fascinating must-read for fans of the novels harboring the very real fear that the show could outpace the source material.


  • antonio dueñas

    They could put everything that it’s in the books and make sesons longer.

  • mel

    How many books are there supposed to be in the series?
    How long is it?

  • Daniel Sadler

    7 in all, #6 has been in the works for 6 years though…

  • rey

    Before anyone complains about how long it’s taking George RR Martin to finish his book, let’s all remember the words of Neil Gaiman on this subject…

  • BeastieRunner

    I don’t think the show will last long enough.

  • Russell

    That’s not the case. #5 was in the works for six years but was released following the first season of GOT. #6 has therefore been in the works for two years.

  • Daniel Sadler

    word, must have been thinking of #5.

  • Tim Whitt

    If it does happen I will not watch the show until after the books have come out.

  • jay Razanov

    Just remember every time someone asks when the next book is out. Another Stark dies

  • matt

    I won’t be surprised if Martin dies before the last book is finished and released.

  • Frank

    Didn’t Martin tell Benioff and Weiss on what he was envisioning for the end just in case something happens to him?