|Source: The Guardian|
Home Box Office (HBO)'s Chief Executive Officer Richard Plepler has this week confirmed details on how the production team of the studio's hit fantasy drama Game of Thrones will continue to adapt George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels, including those which have yet to be completed (or written, in one case). Starring Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey and Kit Harrington, the series is loosely based on Martin's critically acclaimed series of texts, yet it's safe to say that a fair few liberties have been taken with regards to the former's narrative over the course of its first four seasons.
With Season Five, however, we're beginning to move into largely uncharted territory, since several characters' arcs have already reached the same point as where Martin left them in his most recently published Ice and Fire instalment, A Dance with Dragons. Although there's no concrete info on how head writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss plan to deal with this 'issue' in Plepler's comments, we can at least glean from them that there are some strategies in place to counteract any residual fears amongst fans regarding the series' potentially wayward future trajectory. As usual, we've rounded up all of the key sections of the CEO's responses in a comprehensive bullet-point list below, so read on to learn more on the situation:
- ON THE LIKELIHOOD OF GAME OF THRONES' PREMATURE CANCELLATION BY HBO AHEAD OF ITS SEVENTH SEASON - "No...we're committed to it and [the show's execs] are committed to it."
- ON FEARS OF OVERTAKING MARTIN'S NOVELISED STORYLINE - "Obviously George is an integral part of the creative team, so next season every move is being choreographed very closely with him. Certainly after next year we'll have to figure it out with George, but we're not concerned about it."
- PROGRAMMING PRESIDENT MICHAEL LOMBARDO ON THE MUCH-RUMOURED TWO-PART CINEMATIC FINALE - "There's no conversations going on about a movie."
Game of Thrones will return with its high-octane fourth season on HBO and Sky Atlantic in Spring 2015.