HBO’s Game of Thrones has always run at a much faster pace than George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels can keep up with, so it was really only a matter of time before the show lapped the book series and started dishing out some storylines fans hadn’t read yet. It turns out it’s not just pieces of the story the show will spoil, but all the gory details of the series’ ending.
This year it was announced that characters that haven’t died in the books (yet) would be dying in season 5, and it’s common knowledge that showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff have been given all the details of how the series ends, but there’s always been uncertainty as to whether or not they’ll stick to GRRM’s plans. At the Oxford Union, Benioff addressed the series outpacing the books, and confirmed what we’ve all expected – that if you’re a fan of the book series over the show, you may want to tune out:
Luckily, we’ve been talking about this with George for a long time, ever since we saw this could happen, and we know where things are heading … And so we’ll 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 that there were some things we didn’t have to spoil, 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
Even if you do decide to watch the show’s finale rather than wait for the books, Benioff insists that you’ll still have plenty of surprises waiting for you that the show just doesn’t have the time to cover. When asked about whether he thinks the series spoiling the ending will affect Martin’s book sales, Benioff had this to say:
I think 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 are going to happen in the books that are different in the show, and I think people who love the show and want more — want to know more about the characters, 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.
So that just leaves one thing for all of us to decide – do we want to continue watching the show alongside the rest of the world or do we want to hold out for the ending the way GRRM wants to tell it (no matter how many
years decades it might take to get there)? Let us know what you think in the comments! Game of Thrones season 5 premieres on HBO on April 12.