We all know that ‘Game of Thrones’ is based on the ‘Song of Ice and Fire’ books by George R. R. Martin — and that the show is rapidly catching up to its source material. However, the show’s creators reveal in the April 2014 issue of Vanity Fair that there’s nothing to worry about — because George already told them the ending!
No fair. Vanity Fair released their gorgeous Game of Thrones cover on March 11, but the gorgeous photo of Dany (Emilia Clarke), Cersei (Lena Headey), Jon (Kit Harington), Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), and of course, Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) was eclipsed by a shocking spoiler — the show’s producers know how the books are going to end!
‘Game Of Thrones’ Vanity Fair: Benioff & Weiss Reveal Shocking Spoiler
Some people — like Game of Thrones executive producers David Benioff and D. B. Weiss — get to have all the fun.
In a very enlightening interview with Vanity Fair, the creators answer the troubling question that’s been on every GoT/ASOIAF fan’s mind ever since we realized that The Winds of Winter was a myth created by our parents so we can sleep at night — what happens when the show catches up to the books?
“Last year we went out to Santa Fe for a week to sit down with him [George R. R. Martin] and just talk through where things are going, because we don’t know if we are going to catch up and where exactly that would be,” Benioff says. “If you know the ending, then you can lay the groundwork for it. And so we want to know how everything ends. We want to be able to set things up. So we just sat down with him and literally went through every character.”
Phew. So there IS a solution. But don’t get too excited, Muggles (kidding, kidding). There’s some bad news, too, and it concerns the fact that all of the show’s child stars — like the excellent Maisie Williams as Arya Stark — are rapidly growing, while their characters are supposed to be staying exactly the same.
“This is a serious concern,” Martin says. “Maisie was the same age as Arya when it started, but now Maisie is a young woman and Arya is still 11. Time is passing very slowly in the books and very fast in real life.”
If you recast Arya Stark, we riot!
Obama Gets To Watch ‘Game Of Thrones’ Before You
The Vanity Fair April 2014 cover — which, of course, also features interviews with the cast — will hit newsstands on March 12. In the meantime, you can bemoan the fact that President Obama gets to watch the show before you do.
“One perk of being the most powerful man in the world: yes, you get to see episodes early,” Benioff and Weiss tell VF in an email. Not cool, man.
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Are you relieved that Benioff and Weiss have an ending mapped out, or just furious at George for being the slowest writer in the universe? And would you watch a show with recast child actors? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
— Shaunna Murphy