We are smack dab in the middle of the third season of HBO’s amazing series Game of Thrones but producers are already planning the series’s end. Author George RR Martin has always planned that the Game of Thrones saga would be wrapped up in 7 books (5 of which have already been published, with 2 more yet to be written) and now we are hearing from GoT series producer Frank Doelger that the TV series will also be wrapped up in 7 seasons. BUT, each season will not be devoted to one book and that screws up the timeline a bit. Click below to read what Doelger says about the eventual end of Game of Thrones on TV.
Seven books, seven seasons – that’s the hope for Game of Thrones producer Frank Doelger. The HBO series based on George R.R. Martin’s fantasy novel series A Song of Ice and Fire has its sights set on seven seasons, which would match the number of planned entries in the book series. “[The number of series] is being discussed as we speak. The third season was the first half of book three, season four will be the second part of book three. . . George R.R. Martin has written books four and five; six and seven are pending,” Doelger told Radio Times at the BAFTA Awards last weekend. “I would hope that, if we all survive and if the audience stays with us, we’ll probably get through to seven seasons.” Seven seasons would create a potentially awkward timeline for Game of Thrones: Season Three and Season Four split the series’ third novel, A Storm of Swords, into two parts, meaning one future season might have to pack in two books’ worth of material to make the fit.
I have not yet finished reading the entire book series (I am currently reading book 4, A Feast for Crows, and loving it) but I understand that books 4 and 5 (A Dance with Dragons) could be the 2 books compressed into one season. As I understand it, books 4 and 5 are kinda like one long book so with the right editing, I believe that their stories could be told in one season (season 5) … which would allow seasons 6 and 7 to cover the action that will take place in books 6 and 7 (yet to be written). I’ve heard that Martin has outlined his plans for books 6 and 7 to GoT producers so they can tell the story on TV if his books are delayed (or, sadly, if he passes away before he is able to write them). I guess the take away here is that we have 4 seasons of Game of Thrones to look forward to in the coming years … and that is great news. GoT is prolly my favorite show on TV right now. I’m comforted by the promise that we still have many years of the show to look forward to.