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Season four of Game of Thrones has come to an end and once again has left us wanting more. With season five less than a year away; many fans are concerned that the series will end before the novels will especially since it is well known amongst the fans of George R.R. Martin’s fantasy novels that he can take years to finish a book.
There may be some hope though. Martin’s latest novel, The Winds of Winter, is currently going through the editing process, but there is still no definitive release date (here).
This could prove an issue for showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weis as they plan to adapt books four and five together, so that the storylines run concurrently on screen. Currently, Benioff and Weis know the fate of the characters, but Martin hopes that the show does not surpass the books.
“I can give them the broad strokes of what I intend to write, but the details aren’t there yet. I’m hopeful that I cannot let them catch up with me” says Martin to Vanity Fair.
If The Winds of Winter is released in late 2014 or early 2015, this could buy some time for Benioff and Weiss. They could add/adapt more from the books into the TV series which will please fans of the novels. Yet, even if does occur there is still a possibility that there could be an eighth book. According to Martin’s editor, Anne Lesley Groell, there is one more kingdom that needs to be addressed: “There are really technically eight kingdoms, all having to do with who has annexed what when Aegon the Conqueror landed in Westeros. So, maybe eight books for Seven Kingdoms would be okay,” he tells Digital Times.
If an eighth book is written it’s more than likely that the show will finish before the books do, considering Martin has taken as long as seven years between books. Even though Martin can take up to seven years to finish a novel, it’s hard to argue with the results, unless he kills off one of your favorite characters.