Game Of Thrones Characters Alive In The Books Will Die On The Show. At last weekend’s Writers Guild West Awards, Game of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin dropped some big news regarding how certain characters that remain alive in the books will die on the HBO series as well as the potential longevity of the show.
HBO’s Game of Thrones is adapted from Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels, which made their debut in 1996 and is currently up to book number 5. Game of Thrones is notorious for the series willingness to kill off popular characters and fans familiar with the books have so far watched each season feeling secure in knowing which characters are not at risk of being gruesomely murdered. Up until now the television series has remained fairly faithful to the source material but according to Martin that may all be about to change.
Martin discussing deaths on the show,
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 (Benioff) and D.B. (Weiss) are even bloodier than I am.
As the HBO series heads into season 5 it is just catching up to book 4. The Song of Ice and Fire series is set to end after the seventh book and it’s anyone’s guess as to how many seasons it will take the HBO series to tell their version of the story.
Martin on how many more seasons of Game of Thrones there may be,
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.
Martin on the future of both the television and book series,
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.
Martin made some interesting points regarding the show’s longevity being tied to maintaining its current success. With a budget hovering around $6 million an episode, Game of Thrones remains one of television’s most expensive shows to produce. Should fan interest in the series wane considerably it would become very difficult for HBO to justify pouring so much money into the show. Considering the scale of Game of Thrones, it seems likely that producers would wrap the story up rather than follow it through to the end on a significantly lower budget. Aside from budget concerns, contractually locking in the central cast past 7 seasons will prove to be an additional hurdle. Few series as successful as Game of Thrones have run seven plus seasons without losing cast members over contract disputes, scheduling conflicts and role fatigue.
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