I don’t want to alarm anyone, but we’re about to be in a pretty critical situation with the Game Of Thrones television show, which I’m told at least a dozen people watch worldwide. If the books’ author doesn’t get his ass in gear, the TV shows are gonna run out of plot and have to pass the books.
You already knew that the show is based on books, right? (That shouldn’t be a spoiler.) And that they’re written by a very stubborn man named George R. R. Martin who refuses to write at the rapid pace that his audience demands. The first book in the A Song Of Ice And Fire series was released in 1996, the second two years later in 1998, the third two years after that, in 2000, the fourth five years after that, in 2005, the fifth came six years later, in 2011, and the sixth and seventh are hovering somewhere in the ether of the distant future. Whether we ever see them is anyone’s guess, but if he keeps up at this rate, we’ll see the sixth in 2018 and the seventh in 2026 at the earliest, when George is seventy-eight.
But see, the problem with that is that the writers of the show are moving at a decidedly faster clip — banging out a season a year starting in 2011 and keeping it up straight through into 2014 and presumably beyond. They have to, because there are children on the show, and children age REAL FAST. I mean…the same age as everybody else, but it’s super obvious. For example, Maisie Williams was eleven years old when she was cast as Arya Stark, the same age as the character. But now she’s sixteen while Arya’s still supposed to be eleven, which is a super noticeable difference. And if we have to wait until 2028 to see what everybody gets up to, it’s only gonna be more obvious when a girl who’s supposed to be eleven is actually…thirty-one.
So what’s the answer? Well, in this case it looks like the TV show might have to move forward in time past the books, at least if they want to continue using the same actors. So with that in mind, the show’s co-creator David Benioff sat down with George R. R. Martin and got secret plot information that approximately zero other people on earth are privy to. Except maybe President Obama, who apparently gets full episodes in advance of their release. Harrumph.
“If you know the ending, then you can lay the groundwork for it. And so we want to know how everything ends. We want to be able to set things up. So we just sat down with him and literally went through every character.”
Well at least SOMEONE cares that we get some resolution for these characters. But they still don’t have an answer for what to do about the child actors, as Martin said:
“This is a serious concern. Maisie was the same age as Arya when it started, but now Maisie is a young woman, and Arya is still 11. Time is passing very slowly in the books and very fast in real life.”
Yeah so get a move on! Cripes.