Are we really that surprised? Game of Thrones co-creator David Benioff told Vanity Fair that yes. Yes, they do have the ending figured out possibly before the book series wraps up.
No, we really aren’t that shocked to hear this. We basically heard straight from the horse’s mouth that this might happen. George R.R. Martin certainly doesn’t want the show to catch up with him, but he might just have to smile and wave as it passes him by.
In the upcoming April issue of Vanity Fair Benioff tells contributing editor Jim Windolf that he and other Game of Thrones show creators flew out to talk to the ASOIAF creator about the characters and what would happen to them. The show creators at least have some broad ideas of where the series is going as a whole, so they know how to direct the final pieces on the board in the war for the iron throne. And, you know, have an idea of how to fight the White Walkers and hopefully win.
(Was anyone else bothered by the fact that the Northerns could climb The Wall so relatively easily? Yeah, that thing isn’t going to keep the White Walkers out. It’s definitely not tall enough, to Sam’s dismay.)
Not only is the Game of Thrones show creeping up in Martin’s rear-view mirror, but the actors are also aging out.
Windolf reports that the presence of so many child actors in the cast, including the terrific Maisie Williams as Arya Stark, increases the time pressure. “This is a serious concern,” Martin tells Windolf. “Maisie was the same age as Arya when it started, but now Maisie is a young woman and Arya is still 11. Time is passing very slowly in the books and very fast in real life.”
Legitimate concerns, to be certain. There is also the fact that we’re coming up on the fourth season of the show. With the show catching up with Martin faster than he can write and the fact that the actors can’t seem to combat this “chronic illness known as aging“, fans have to face the (painful) reality that the series will, in fact, have to end. After this season, we may already be halfway through the series:
Benioff and co-creator D. B. Weiss tell Windolf that the show has a lifespan, and they would like to wrap it up after seven or eight seasons. “It doesn’t just keep on going because it can,” Weiss says. “I think the desire to milk more out of it is what would eventually kill it, if we gave in to that.”
Well, that’s the truth. We knew it would have to come sooner or later anyways.
At least they gave us warning, unlike SOME networks.
*I hope they’re plotting revenge*
Perhaps it was obvious from the start this would happen. Martin has revealed (in the “horse’s mouth” link at the top you can find the video interview) that the Game of Thrones show has altered the lives of some of the characters already. It’s quite possible they’ve been doing this to tie some loose ends ahead of the game. But what would this mean? Has a TV series ever before surpassed it’s literary inspiration to the finish line? Could it be possible that the Game of Thrones show and A Song of Ice and Fire series could have alternate endings because the show ended first?
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