Are you really that surprised?
It’s a day we all knew was coming, but had hoped to avoid. D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, Game of Thrones showrunners, finally admitted to the fact that the upcoming seasons of the HBO television series will be spoiling aspects of the upcoming George R.R. Martin books.
At the Oxford Union this past weekend, Benioff stated that the television series would
“Eventually, basically, meet up at pretty much the same place where George is going. There might be a few deviations along the route, but we’re heading towards the same destination. I kind of wish there were some things we didn’t have to spoil (for the books), but we’re kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place. The show must go on…and that’s what we’re going to do.”
The TV adaption is slated to end several years before G.R.R.M’s final volume is released, so it’s not surprising that spoilers are incoming, but I believe a lot of us were hoping that this wasn’t an inevitable truth. But, it turns out that all hope might not be lost after all. According to Benioff, there is a positive side to all this.
“I think the the thing that’s kind of fun for George is the idea that he can still have surprises for people. Even once they’ve watched the show through to the conclusion, there are certain things that will happen in the books that are different from the show. I think people who love the show and want to know more about…the different characters who might not have made the cut for the show will be able to turn to the books.”
Watch the full interview here (quotes come in around the 34:00 marker).
What are your thoughts? Is it all darkness or could there be some light at the end of this tunnel?