Yesterday, the Game of Thrones showrunners, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, announced that they want to finish the show after seven or eight seasons. This news is coming less than a month before the premiere of season four or what appears now to be the show’s halfway. The problem with this philosophy is that the show might surpass the books: the sixth and seventh novel has yet to be released. David Benioff has commented on this inevitable problem:
“Last year we went out to Santa Fe for a week to sit down with him [Martin] and just talk through where things are going, because we don’t know if we are going to catch up and where exactly that would be. If you know the ending, then you can lay the groundwork for it. And so we want to know how everything ends. We want to be able to set things up. So we just sat down with him and literally went through every character.” Martin tells Windolf, “I can give them the broad strokes of what I intend to write, but the details aren’t there yet. I’m hopeful that I can not let them catch up with me.”
On top of this, the showrunners do have to worry about the child actors aging during the production. For instance, Martin stated “Maisie [Williams] was the same age as Arya when it started, but now Maisie is a young woman and Arya is still 11.” This is a problem that the Harry Potter producers faced and it is understandable why Weiss and Benioff want to finish the show in a timely fashion. Furthermore, Weiss has been wondering how much longer can the show stay relevant; he does not want to milk the show dry. So finishing with a seventh or eighth season makes sense: even if, Martin has not been able to finish ‘The Songs of Fire and Ice’ series.
As a huge fan of Game of Thrones, I hope I get the chance to read the last two books before the show ends. However, with the fourth season using elements of the third, fourth and fifth book, the likelihood that the show will surpass the books is eminent. For now the fans will wait for the next book in the series, “The Winds of Winter,” which does not have a release date. But they can look forward to the new season, which premieres on April 6th. Until then, here is the newly released trailer that premiered before the finale of True Detective. It will certainly keep you fanboys satisfied.