While showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss say “Game of Thrones” has a set end date of seven or eight seasons, author George R.R. Martin is telling a different story. According to him, the end of the series might be too big for TV, and might warrant one or more films.
“It all depends on how long the main series runs,” Martin tells The Hollywood Reporter. “Do we run for seven years? Do we run for eight? Do we run for 10? The books get bigger and bigger [in scope]. It might need a feature to tie things up, something with a feature budget, like $100 million for two hours. Those dragons get real big, you know.”
He also claims that films based on his Dunk and Egg novellas are a possibility. “They could be the basis for [a film],” he says. “I have written these three stories, and I have about a dozen more.”
When Zap2it spoke with Martin on the “Game of Thrones” Season 4 premiere red carpet, he said he might not have a choice about whether or not the TV series ends before he finishes writing the books.
“It may not matter whether I’m OK with it or not. It may happen,” he admits. “They’re writing and I’m writing, so we shall see. They know where I’m going.”
He continues, “I have advantages they don’t, though. I have an unlimited budget, and I have an unlimited number of pages and number of characters. Every time I introduce 12 new characters, they’re sort of looking at their budget and saying, ‘Twelve new actors. Who’s going to pay for these 12 new actors? What 12 old characters can we kill to make room for the 12 new characters?’ I don’t have to worry about that.”
Martin has kept mum on the status of his new book “The Winds of Winter,” but Zap2it did ask if he’s run into a “Meereenese Knot” — the plot tangle that gave him such trouble in writing his last book, “A Dance With Dragons” — while writing this new one.
“No, not so far,” he says with a laugh.
“Game of Thrones” Season 4 premieres April 6 on HBO.