At the rate things are going, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’s “Game of Thrones” HBO show is on track to outpace George R.R. Martin’s books, with the creators acknowledging that the show will probably end before the books do (for what it's worth, Martin has pledged to have the next installment, "The Winds of Winter," out before the season six premiere in spring 2016).
In an interview with Variety yesterday, Benioff and Weiss revealed that they do indeed know how the saga will end. "We know what the end is, and we’re barreling toward it,” said Benioff, who explains they have "a very definitive idea of how much longer it is, and we’re getting there... I think we’re heading into the home stretch."
In terms of the gap between in the books and the show, Benioff and Weiss say they don't expect to run into major issues until next season. Said Benioff:
"Season five is still very much within the books for the most part. The very first scene of the season and the very last scene of the season are book scenes. It’s more season six that’s going to be diverging a bit. We’ve had a lot of conversations with George, and he makes a lot of stuff up as he’s writing it. Even while we talk to him about the ending, it doesn’t mean that that ending that he has currently conceived is going to be the ending when he eventually writes it.”
"It’s like looking at a landscape and saying, “OK, there’s a mountain over there, and I know that I’m getting to that mountain.” There’s an event that’s going to happen, and I know that I’m moving in the general direction of that event, but what’s between where I’m standing now and that thing off on the horizon, I’m not totally sure. I’ll know when I get there, and then I’ll see what the terrain looks like around me and I’ll choose my path once I get closer to it. He figures a lot of this stuff as he goes. He always says he’s a gardener, not an architect."
While the pair didn't reveal any big spoilers for the upcoming season, a discussion of the shocking death of Ned Stark back in season one -- where they stunned viewers by killing off the "the guy who was on the poster" -- yielded a disturbing remark from Benioff, who teased that this was a "bad sign for Tyrion this season."
Yikes. Stay vigilant, Tyrion!