Game Of Thrones showrunners, David Benioff and Dan Weiss, have been chatting about the tricky nature of overtaking George R.R. Martin’s books. Despite the fact that they have spoilt elements of the books, these chaps are still confident there are surprises in store…
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Benioff said this: “[The concern] used to be that the books would spoil the show for people — and luckily it did not, for the most part. Now that the show is ahead of the books, it seems the show could ruin the books for people. So one thing we’ve talked to George about is that we’re not going to tell people what the differences are, so when those books come out people can experience them fresh.”
Weiss chimed in with this: “It’s kind of nice for [Martin] because — obviously through necessity we’ve pulled out ahead — the show has become so different [in recent seasons] that people will have no way knowing from watching what will or won’t appear in the books. And honestly, neither do we.”
“We don’t”, agreed Benioff. “And George discovers a lot of stuff while he’s writing. I don’t think that final book is written in stone yet — it’s not written on paper yet. As George says, he’s a gardener and he’s waiting to see how those seeds blossom.”
Game Of Thrones season 8 will premiere on 14 April, kicking off the last six-episode run of the show. Martin, meanwhile, still has two books to go in his A Song Of Ice And Fire series.