A Dance with Dragons, the next installment in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, concludes with Jon Snow being stabbed (“for the Watch”), Daenerys facing a Dothraki horde, and Cersei strolling about King’s Landing nude in an attempt to “shame” her. All of these things happen in Season 5 of Game of Thrones, and later, showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss and D. B. Weiss and D. B. Weiss and D. B. Weiss and D. B. They were on their own with B. Weiss. We all know what occurred next, so it’s no surprise Martin was worried.
“George loves Dan and Dave, but after season five, he did start to worry about the route they were [going down] because George knows where the tale leads,” Martin’s manager Paul Haas stated in his new book Tinderbox: HBO’s Ruthless Pursuit of New Frontiers. ‘You’re not following my blueprint,’ he began. The first five seasons followed George’s plan. Then they deviated from George’s plan.” They deviated from the map and burned it on fire.
Martin (who reportedly begged for ten seasons of Game of Thrones) has stated that the novels’ “finish” will differ from the shows. “My main difficulty was that when they started that series, I already had four volumes in print, and the fifth came out right when the series started in 2011,” he told WTTW Chicago. “I had a five-book head start, and as you know, these are massive novels. I didn’t think they’d catch up to me, but they did. They were able to catch up to me and pass me.”