The men in charge of translating George RR Martin's fantasy world into bite-sized bits of television have confirmed it'll give away the secrets of the series before the last book arrives. With no release date on the cards for Book 6, AKA The Winds of Winter, it'll all come to an end of TV first.
Vanity Fair transcribed the important bit of the address that showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff gave to the Oxford Union, in which they tackled the issue of how the TV series is ripping through the source material quicker than poor Mr Martin can churn them out. They explained:
Luckily, we've been talking about this with George for a long time, ever since we saw this could happen, and we know where things are heading. And so we'll eventually, basically, meet up at pretty much the same place where George is going; there might be a few deviations along the route, but we’re heading towards the same destination. I kind of wish that there were some things we didn't have to spoil, but we're kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place. The show must go on... and that’s what we're going to do.
So if you're still lying to yourself that one day you're going to read all of the Game of Thrones novels while sitting in a coffee shop and looking all highbrow, this might be a good escape route. The story will end first on the telly, plus there's tits. Win-win. [Geek]