Ever wondered what happens when Game of Thrones, the TV Show, catches up with A Song of Ice and Fire, the books?
It’s cool. George R.R. has it covered. He tells us it’s all going to be okay in this Variety magazine interview.
The season that’s about to debut covers the second half of the third book. The third book [A Storm of Swords] was so long that it had to be split into two. But there are two more books beyond that, A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons.
A Dance with Dragons is itself a book that’s as big as A Storm of Swords. So there’s potentially three more seasons there, between Feast and Dance, if they split into two the way they did [with Storms]. Now, Feast and Dance take place simultaneously. So you can’t do Feast and then Dance the way I did. You can combine them and do it chronologically. And it’s my hope that they’ll do it that way and then, long before they catch up with me, I’ll have published The Winds of Winter, which’ll give me another couple years.
It might be tight on the last book, A Dream of Spring, as they juggernaut forward.
He’s a smart cookie, Georgie. Clever boy.
Now listen, gather round.
The show is good. Very good. But the books are extraordinary.
I turned my nose up at them for years thinking, because I wasn’t a fantasy reader, that they weren’t for me. But I was wrong. They’re brilliant. Hard to believe, but better than the show, much better.
So don’t wait for 5 years to see what happens next. Get reading, you’ve still got time, and take pleasure in spilling spoilers to all your friends!