The other day, we reported on George R.R. Martin making what has now become famous as his “middle finger to fans”. The issue in question was that people are afraid the A Song of Fire and Ice author might kick the bucket before he provides us with an ending to the series. Apparently, the folks at HBO are just as unconcerned as Martin himself, because their plans are focused on how to deal with the time when the Game of Thrones television series catches up to the books. And, of course, whether or not they’ll be including a movie in the overall scheme of things. Read on to hear what they have to say about it.
According to the President of Programming at HBO, Michael Lombardo:
“We’re not off on our own in respect to at least next season. Obviously George is an integral part of the creative team, so next season every move is being choreographed very closely with him. Certainly after next year we’ll have to figure it out with George. The book’s not finished at this point, but we’re in conversations with him. We’re not concerned about it.”
And CEO Richard Plepler is preaching much the same thing, saying:
“Our line to George has always been, ‘You keep writing and we’ll keep making the show’.”
So it looks like the series is moving onward, even if George R.R. Martin is randomly hit by a meteorite from the skies and the folks at HBO have to do it themselves. Let’s just hope that he’s told them enough about where the series is supposed to go so that they get the final stages of the story right.
As for the series catching up with the books, they may not have to worry about that one, even if Martin continues his infamously slow writing schedule. Season 4 wound up Book 3 and Book 4 and 5 combined are likely to result in 3 more seasons unless HBO puts the crunch on and starts trimming them down. Which is, of course, unlikely considering the amount of money they’re making from each and every season of the show. By then we’ll have Book 6 and HBO will have bought itself another year (at least). So as long as Martin can finish the 7th book sometime in the next 5 years, everything should work out fine.
So what about the possibility of a movie? The rumormill has been claiming that the HBO talking heads have mentioned that they might think about wrapping up the series with a grand, epic (and likely massively budgeted) big screen film. Or have they?
According to the two above talking heads:
“[Martin] is 100 percent focused on his books and his series, and has only held out the movie concept as something way down the road.”
“There’s no conversations going on about a movie,”
I guess we won’t be getting that movie after all. Personally, I’ll do just fine without it. And the television series is the biggest thing since sliced bread, so there’s no need for the HBO guys to get creative with the way they present it. They have all the liberty they want to just sit back and let the series unfold at its own pace, knowing full-well that we’ll be there watching, even if it takes another 10 years to complete.