Hey, Game of Thrones fans, try this bit of information on for hyperbolic, over-reactionary size: the executives and other powers-that-be over at HBO aren’t really all that concerned about outpacing George R.R. Martin in what is becoming a race to finish the Song of Ice and Fire story that’s at the heart of the television series (and based on GRRM’s novelized source material). In fact “next season every move is being choreographed very closely with him.”
This week, for those of you not in the entertainment writer know, is what is known around town as the TCAs or television critic association press tour. It’s when a bunch of TV writers get together and listen to a bunch of TV executives talk about their plans for the coming season. Lots of news breaks there and many questions are asked.
At the event, HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo was asked point-blank if Martin’s unfinished sixth book, The Winds of Winter, was cramping their style on the TV front as the series hovers ever-closer to outpacing the wordy author. “His book’s not finished at this point, but we’re not concerned about it,” he said. “We’re not losing sleep,” added HBO’s CEO Richard Plepler.
As for those pesky rumors that GRRM wants the series to go out with a cinematic bang? Plepler insisted that the author is “100% focused on the books and series,” with Lombardo adding that “there’s no conversations going on about a movie.”
Another good bit of news is that, essentially, for as many seasons as the story needs telling, HBO is committed to producing it. After all, the series got a 2-season renewal just a few months ago, with D.B. Weiss and David Benioff (our intrepid showrunners) planning to finish the whole affair in seven seasons. “What we know is this is a great series of books in the hands of two superior showrunners,” explained Plepler. “That it would turn into the biggest show in the history of our network was completely unpredictable.”
So there you have it, folks? Satisfied with their answers? Is your mind at ease regarding the future of the books and television series? Let us hear your thoughts in the comments.