Game of Thrones on TV Will Finish Before the Books are Written

Wait, what?

I’ve never watched the series on TV or read any of the books, though I do have the first four now. I couldn’t tell you anything about it. Except that George R. R. Martin is the author and that he kills off characters all the time. I think?

Again, I can’t even talk about the differences between the TV show and the books, but this still seems a bit odd to me. Adaptations are not always loyal to the original work, but how can a TV series finish when there’s still more the author wants to tell in the story?

I think Martin has been between books for awhile now, right? So perhaps at this point he just doesn’t care anymore. Or maybe the show has contractual obligations to finish up at a particular point in time. I don’t know. And maybe the fans of the show don’t care how or when the show ends as long as it does.

To me, a series based on books should try to be as loyal to the original as possible. Otherwise, it could have been adapted into a movie. What do you think about all this?

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28 thoughts on “Game of Thrones on TV Will Finish Before the Books are Written

  1. That’s the one with Katniss, right?
    Either way I haven’t read or watched either.
    IMNSHO a television show or movie should remain loyal to the books that spawned them.
    I will use Southern Vampire Mysteries and True Blood as my example since I am familiar with them
    TB stayed true to what was written in the first season, after that it was all garbage as far as I’m concerned.
    I can understand [bold]some[/bold] variation since there are some things which can’t be done in visual media that can in the written media but they went into far left field and never came even close to the original after that.

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  2. I have friends that badger me to watch that show…hehe. On another note, I’ve nominated you for a Blogger Recognition Award. You can check out the details on my blog: http://wwcassjrblog.wordpress.com. 🙂

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  3. I haven’t read or seen it, I suppose it depends on how closely the series has stuck to the book so far.
    Maybe the people making the series can’t afford to hang on until the other books have come out and have had to find their own ending.

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  4. As with any creative process, no one can resist the urge to ‘tweak’ an idea … even when adapting a book to another media.

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  5. While I agree adaptations should try to be as loyal as possible, the TV ending might be the only ending fans will get given how long it takes for each book to come out.

    I mean really, the first novel came out in 1996.

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    • Are you suggesting that everyone become James Patterson? I don’t think that he should have to alter his writing process for the show. It’s not like it was some secret beforehand.

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      • No. Just pointing out you kind of need an ending for these things. You can’t really leave your TV show ending in a cliffhanger because the books haven’t finished yet.

        It’d be great if they could both finish at the same time, but the show can’t really stall or continue indefinitely to give the author enough time. Making a TV show is far from cheap and actors age.

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  6. Game of Thrones’ seasons are only ten episodes long, so there are still a lot of things they have to cut. Often I think that’s for the better, because introducing ten new characters every episode and then spending an entire season with all new characters instead of focusing on the regulars absolutely does not translate well to screen.

    As far as concerns about the show being done before the book series, GRRM is very involved in the production of the TV show, so he’s guiding the writers to the ending that he wants. The books and the show will just take different routes to get there.

    If nothing else, this is a very amusing social/artistic experiment to see what happens to an author when a visual medium eclipses his source material. I wonder what JKR would have done with Harry Potter if the movies came out faster than she could write books 6 and 7. Would it have been the same story, essentially, or would she have totally changed it in order to surprise people? At least in the case of GOT, the books and the show have drifted so far apart that the book will take a MUCH different route to the endgame, which will keep the book fans interested.

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  7. Interesting. I’m wondering if Martin told the producers ahead of time how the books will end? Maybe it was written into his contract since he’s a notorious slow writer? Even if he did, I still think a lot of people would buy the last book(s) just to see how faithful the final season was to the book. And he has a fairly loyal following.

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