Game of Thrones: It’s the Name That Lives OnMay 15, 2015
For the past nineteen years, adults and teens alike have been regaled with the stories of winter lords, summer ladies, the downfall of kings, and the hatching of dragons. We’ve climbed the Wall, faced the White Walkers, watched a deposed princess turn into a Khaleesi, and glared at those that deserve our ire, and through it all we’ve been on the edge of our seats, waiting for the next death to come flying out of the blinding snow. Four years ago, HBO put faces to these tumultuous nobles, from the regal Daenerys Targaryen to the honorable Eddard Stark to the downright dorky John Snow, who knows nothing. These have been the tales of Game of Thrones, both in book and now on television.
Now, though, we’ve come to a turning point.
The HBO production has almost caught up to the published books, and said network now has a choice to make. Either they’re going to have to focus on something other than the main storyline for a while, stop production of what is likely their most profitable series, or simply begin making things up.
Not entirely, of course, for George R.R Martin has explained to the writers exactly where he envisions the series going, but there’s no doubt that when all is said and done, there are going to be some glaring differences between what we’ll watch and what we’ll read. The books might not have anything even close to the truth about Jon’s parents, for example, but the series may have the three of them meeting up at King’s Landing with Daenerys to overthrow a newly-resurrected Aerys Targaryen alongside Danny’s army of dragons and a contingent of White Walkers bound by a life-debt to Arya Stark. The Storm Troopers will make an appearance to announce the new crossover, and great bloodshed will occur.
Jean Valjean was there. He was quite confused.
Not to say that the series has been totally faithful, mind you. They’ve ignored Sansa Stark’s character development arc in favor of making her a complacent, obedient teenager who can’t get past her complete jerk of a crush, and the sexism in the series was extremely exaggerated. For example, the series has Daenerys and Drogo’s son be the result of the Khal raping her, instead of the completely consensual sex that’s in the books. In fact, rape is used as a plot device far more often than it is in the books.
But we’re getting off track here.
Though the television series has thus far been renewed for a sixth season, one wonders with a childlike curiosity exactly what they’re going to put in it once the already-written portion runs out. The series is already taking material from the middle the latest book released, A Dance with Dragons, and even if George R.R. Martin releases The Winds of Winter before it runs out, his recent history of taking five-year-gaps between books makes it mathematically unlikely that season seven will be similarly fortuitous.
Five years more? He barely has one day more.