“Game of Thrones” showrunners re-emphasized that the upcoming sixth season of the hit HBO series, while telling a story that is beyond the original novels, would be offering an entirely original story. Also, fans need not worry of being spoiled of the events that will take place in the upcoming books in the series.
Series showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss recently revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that the people behind the show met with “A Song of Ice and Fire” author George R.R. Martin to discuss what he has in mind for the final parts of the storyline.
While there may be similar points somewhere in the stories, the showrunners promised that a “large degree” of what will unfold in the TV series will be different from how the books will go.
“People are talking about whether the books are going to be spoiled and it’s really not true,” Benioff said. “So much of what we’re doing diverges from the books at this point. And while there are certain key elements that will be the same, we’re not going to talk so much about thatand I don’t think George is either. People are going to be very surprised when they read the books after the show. They’re quite divergent in so many respects for the remainder of the show.”
Weiss added that one of the good things that this situation would do for the showand for the fans, especiallyis that there would now be two different versions of the world of “A Song of Ice and Fire” for fans to witness: one from the books and the other from the TV series.
“What makes the books so great is that George doesn’t make meticulous blueprints for every beat of this story and then fill in the blanks dutifully going from A to B to C, fleshing out an outline,” Weiss added. “At a certain point, we realized we were going to outpace the books and we kind of chose to see it as a great thing on both sides there’s this amazing world George has created and now there are two different versions, and there’s no reason we can see why you can’t be thrilled and surprised and dismayed by both of these different versions of this world.”
“Game of Thrones” season six premieres on April 24. “The Winds of Winter,” the upcoming book in the series, has yet to have a release date.