George R.R. Martin Says Finishing Game of Thrones In Seven Seasons is Unlikely
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 06.04.2014
He'd be down with films though...
As previously reported, Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are hoping to finish off Game of Thrones within seven or eight seasons. However, George R.R. Martin doesn't know if that's particularly likely. The A Song of Ice and Fire series author, on whose books the show is based, told EW that he believes seven seasons is a difficult goal in which to complete the show.
Martin said, "I don't think it will be enough to tell the story we're telling in the books." He added that he has heard a pitch to make films to follow the series, noting, "Ever since I heard that idea I've been both excited by it -- I think it would be great -- and I've been skeptical about it because I've heard of a number of other shows that were [supposedly going to have movies] like Deadwood, Rome and even The Sopranos, and the only one I've actually seen is Sex and the City."
Martin gave praise to the current series, praising Pedro Pascal's work as Oberyn and saying, "It's been a great season. Though by and large we are seeing more differences from the books and I've been predicting that from the beginning. There's a certain snowball effect of making changes and I think that will continue."
When asked the always-asked question of when the books will be out and whether he will finish it in seven as he's said, Martin said, "My plan is to finish in seven. But my original plan was to finish in three. I write the stories and they grow. I deal with certain things and sometimes I find myself not at the end of a story. My plan right now is still seven. But first I have to finish Book Six. Get back to me when I'm half-way through Book Seven and then maybe I'll tell you something more meaningful."