HBO's Game of Thrones Season 6 is set to debut in April, but the follow up to A Song of Ice and Fire - Winds of Winter - is still a long, undetermined ways away. And now, for the first time, the series could catch up with the original source material, confirms George R. R. Martin
So Game of Thrones Season 6 is a wrap, HBO is ready launch, careers and livelihoods depend on the show and George R. R. Martin couldn't get the book it's taken him five years to write to print in time? For five straight seasons both George Martin's fantasy anthology The Song of Ice and Fire and its companion TV series Game of Thrones have lived distinct yet interdependent lives. Plotlines diverge, intertwine, reference or completely ignore each other, so while many fans of the HBO series may be indifferent to the novels' progression, the original books that launched Game of Thrones have a core and expanding audience who regard anything that drips out of George Martin's pen as canon and what shows up on screen as supplementary, superficial and something of a side dish to the banquet George Martin's genius. And yes, there are people who think this way.
So it was with a mix of dismay and subdued rebellion that the Sante Fe author penned an unusually revealing post on his writer's blog confirming that the sixth volume of his planned seven-novel series would be delayed yet again, threatening for the first time in the history of the Seven Kingdoms that the HBO series would catch up to and surpass the novels. "I never thought the series could possibly catch up with the books," Martin revealed, "but it has. The show moved faster than I anticipated and I moved more slowly... Given where we are, inevitably, there will be certain plot twists and reveals in season six of Game of Thrones that have not yet happened in the books. For years my readers have been ahead of the viewers. This year, for some things, the reverse will be true." On the question of whether readers of Song can expect to have the book spoiled for them by occurences in Game of Thrones Season 6, such as Snow's return as Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, Martin is frank. "All I can do is say, 'yes and no,' and mumble once again about the butterfly effect. Those pretty little butterflies have grown into mighty dragons. Some of the 'spoilers' you may encounter in season six may not be spoilers at all... because the show and the books have diverged, and will continue to do so." Would you avoid watching the series in favour of the book?