While we’re all sitting around waiting for George R. R. Martin to finish writing his final Song of Ice and Fire volumes, the author is rather busy…with other things. I don’t intend this to be yet another round of pleas or complaints about that, but one can’t help wondering what exactly his plan could be. Martin’s been giving interviews and sound bites aplenty; is it possible he’s realized the enormity of what’s ahead, and maybe even thought about passing the torch? I might be reaching, but I’ve been trying to put the pieces together in my head, and what if he’s thinking of having David Benioff finish the series in more ways than one? Benioff is a gifted writer (do yourself a favor and read—or check out the Ron Perlman voiced audiobook—City of Thieves) who Martin clearly trusts. G.R.R.M. already passed on key information on how things go for the main characters… Am I crazy, or am I crazy?
In his latest statements, Martin (somewhat contradicting Benioff and D. B. Weiss’ statements to Vanity Fair) mentions the possibility of the HBO series running up to ten seasons, and following them with a feature film. “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 discusses making a feature film of his prequel series, Tales of Dunk and Egg: “I have written these three stories, and I have about a dozen more.” Hmm…methinks someone needs to spend the next couple of years doing nothing but writing and ordering in pizza, unless maybe he has a ghost writer standing by. At least Benioff and Weiss are enthusiastic about the information they got from Martin; when asked by EW if the Ice and Fire conclusion was creatively satisfying, the showrunners replied thusly: Benioff: “Absolutely yes.” Weiss: “100 percent.”
Is your head ready to explode with the possibilities? There, there friends; I’ve got something to cool down our brains. Pictures…lots of lovely pictures.
Um, but first this Entertainment Weekly cover—which isn’t exactly soothing. Let’s get it out of the way.
I prefer this jovial photo from the NYC premiere.
And the rest of the lovelies…
Aaaand, snap back to reality!
Never mind. Here’s Peter and the dragon.