George R.R. Martin was recent speaker at the Writers Guild West Awards and dropped a bombshell on Game of Thrones fans while talking with the press afterwards. Was it about the release of The Winds of Winter? No, it wasn’t that, but Martin does have a prediction to make about fan reaction to Game of Thrones Season Five.
Here’s the GOT Season Five Teaser Trailer that hit the Internet a couple of weeks ago:
While talking with Showbiz411.com after the awards event Martin had this to say about GOT Season Five:
People are going to die who don’t die in the books, so even the book readers will be unhappy. So everybody better be on their toes. David and D.B. (David Benioff and D.B. Weiss co-creators of ‘Game Of Thrones) are even bloodier than I am.
Holy crap, this comment coming from the man who wrote both the Red and Purple Wedding scenes is chilling to GOT fans. We’ve often joked that Martin is no stranger to killing off everyone’s favorite characters in the worst ways possible and then teasing us about those deaths.
That’s Martin with the FUNKO head of Eddard Stark (Sean Bean) the first of many characters to meet their untimely death in the GOT series.
When asked how many seasons the show might run Martin said:
Not really certain yet. This is the fifth season, the sixth season HBO picked up last year. We will have a 7th, 8th or 9th, no one knows. They only renew one or two seasons at a time. After we do season 6, maybe we’ll get a renewal for 7th and 8th. That all depends, Television is a very changeable medium.
… whatever happens with the show I’m going to finish the books, it will be seven books. But each of these books are 1500 pages long and they each have enough material in them for several seasons. I have two more books, the one I’m writing right now, ‘The Winds Of Winter,’ and after that the last book, ‘The Dream of Spring,’ so those will be the two final books. But we’re talking 3000 pages of material. How many seasons that translates too? That’s up to D.B. And David.
Now I’m gonna be wondering which character might get the axe and which characters are safe. You’d think certain characters are safe, in the “Kill _________ and we riot!” type way, but who knows, if the show-runners are willing to kill off characters that are still alive in the books, then who knows which way they might take it.
How cool was that teaser? When David Bowie‘s Heroes started playing I got pretty pumped up about the new season.
Who do you think will end up on the Iron Throne?