You don't need to be the three-eyed raven to see that HBO's "Game of Thrones" is basically racing toward the end of George R.R. Martin's story. Now, the Song of Ice and Fire author has finally accepted the inevitable.
"Anything is possible,” said the author when GeekWire asked what he thought about the show possibly finishing before the books in a recent Q&A at the Sasquan science fiction convention in Spokane, Washington. Martin acknowledged the show seems to be speeding through the story like "a jet locomotive," and though he used to worry about it getting to the end before him, he's not even about that life anymore.
I said, to hell with that. Worrying about it isn’t going to change it one way or another. I still sit down at the typewriter, and I have to write the next scene and the next sentence … I’m just going to tell my story, and they’re telling their story and adapting my books, and we shall see.
Unless Martin is planning some kind of upcoming secret dual release for the next two books in the series, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring (wow, please let that happen), there's pretty much no way the show won't surpass the author. Season 5 of "GoT" basically caught up to the point where Martin is at in his novels, and it has already been about four years since Martin released his last book in the series. Unless the show takes some sort of crazy hiatus, the end is coming.
Fans should look on the bright side, though. (The Lord of Light will never steer you wrong.) Due to changes in the HBO adaptation, showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff have already admitted the ending might not match up exactly with Martin's.
Try to take that as meaning "more surprises are on the way" in the novels. And don't worry. HBO will definitely treat Martin's books right. You know--hopefully.
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