As the show loves to tease, the night is dark and full of…..terrible rumors. In a recent interview with Variety, showrunner and co-creater David Benioff stated “I think we’re down to our final 13 episodes after this season. We’re heading into the final lap”. This really shouldn’t be a huge shocker for most fans considering that the upcoming season 6 is already ahead of the books and is dealing in areas of plot that are side to be the final stages of the story.
Author George R.R. Martin recently stated that the most recent installment in the A Song of Ice and Fire series would not be finished in time for the start of the new season. That means for the first time in the shows history, previously unread story plots will be aired ahead of the books, which leaves the advantage that book fans had in the wind, leaving them on level playing field with those who have not read the books.
Martin also stated that the series has been moving away from its source material in several areas for some time now, so while the new season will delve into areas that are otherwise uncharted, its a mixed bag as to whether it will actually spoil the upcoming book. His response to the question was “yes and no”.
HBO commented via a press release that any talk of future seasons and episode counts is nothing more the speculation at this point. This isn’t a shocking statement considering how much money Game Of Thrones makes for HBO. Although the show is always #1 as the most pirated TV show around the world, it is shows like Game Of Thrones which helped launch HBO Go’s standalone service for those looking to ditch cable but still watch their favorite HBO series. The folks at HBO are still clinging on to hope that there is still many years of life in Game Of Thrones.
Considering the number of story lines they are already dealing with, it is not impossible to fathom the show being able to last 2 more full seasons. In fact HBO was so concerned with this years plot and leaking of episodes that no screeners were sent out to press this year. So it appears that not only press but book readers will all be in the dark when April 24th rolls around for the new season of our favorite show.