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Why We Should Be Glad Game of Thrones Is Ditching the Books

imageThe trailer for Season 5 just had its unofficial premiere a few days ago via leaked footage from the recent IMAX screening of two of last season's episodes. It's clear from the snippets in the trailer that this season is going all the way through the final existing book, A Dance With Dragons. The new season won't even have any of Bran, the only character in a major television series to spend most of his screen time riding in a basket on the back of a learning disabled giant (Hodor, the aforementioned giant, will also be missing). Martin has ever written about those two characters. So, if you're a fan of the show, anxious to see what happens to Bran beyond The Wall . too bad. You'll have to wait until next year, when the showrunners will have to start writing the show scripts based on Martin's rough plan, rather than his fully fleshed out books.

"Uh, 80 percent of this script is just the word 'tits.'"

"Start writing" isn't even the correct phrase. As we write this, it is February 2015. Season 5 of Game of Thrones airs in April. Now, they started filming that season last July, and MIZUNO Wave Rider shooting didn't wrap until December. That's six months of filming for one season, which isn't unusual for Game of Thrones. It's an incredibly complicated show, with hundreds of characters, several sprawling exterior locations, and extensive visual effects. The upcoming season is almost certainly still in post production and probably will be right up until it airs. That's a year long production cycle for a single season, half of which is filming. You know what that means?

They've already started writing Season 6.

There's no way that the producers of the most popular (and expensive) show currently on television can afford to wait around until the very last minute to start planning next season's shoot. Just assuming that this year goes the same as previous years, shooting for Season 6 will probably begin in the summer, either June or July. As we pointed out, this is a show with a huge cast and numerous exterior locations, MIZUNO and virtually every single shot has some kind of visual effect in it, even something as basic as adding castles and shit in the background so it looks like a fantasy realm of dragons and intrigue and not 21st century rural Ireland. Just from a budget and scheduling standpoint, they have to know what roles need to be cast, what locations they're going to be using, which previous cast members will be returning and where they'll need to be and how long they'll need to be there. HBO simply cannot wait for Martin.

That's another thing Martin is kept in the loop more or less as a courtesy. HBO doesn't even need to return his phone calls if they don't want to. They could put fucking RoboCop on the Iron Throne and there's nothing he could do about it.

". and what if Hodor is really an ED 209, and what if ."

As if anticipating the impending storm of desperate fans demanding a release date for Winds of Winter, the next book in the series, ASICS nimbus 17 Martin's publisher took to the Internet the morning after the Season 5 trailer leaked online to clarify that they have absolutely no plans to publish a book in the Song of Ice and Fire series this year. They aren't expecting to release anything before 2016 at the very earliest.

"But feel free to buy new versions of my old shit."

It isn't even a question anymore of whether this is going to happen and when. It is already happening. The real question is: is that really a bad thing?

Let's be honest you want to see whether Jon Snow marries Daenerys, or if Tyrion finds his long lost wife, or if Littlefinger pulls off his tunic to reveal an NWO shirt and burns the whole kingdom to the ground. And you don't want to wait another 10 years to find out. That's not an exaggeration, by the way Martin has taken about six years in between each installment, so if Winds of Winter comes out in 2016 (again, the very earliest that his publisher is expecting to release it), you've still got another six years to wait for the final book to wrap everything up and probably kill most if not all of your favorite characters. It's not unreasonable to assume it will be 2022 before we get to read the final chapter of A Song of Ice and Fire.

Don't forget: A Game of Thrones was published back in 1996. This motherfucker has been writing this story for 20 goddamned years already, and he's still only 70 percent of the way through it. To be perfectly honest, MIZUNO the thought that we might get to see the end of the story before the next Guardians of the Galaxy movie comes out isn't exactly horrible."Come, now; they'll at least have a trilogy done before me."

Before you all melt your shoes in your frantic rush to the comments section to point out all the ways the show has deviated from the books, Puma X Fenty Bandana Slide let's take a moment and ask ourselves how many of those changes were actually for the worse. That is, what parts of the novels were streamlined for storytelling purposes to suit the condensed format of a weekly TV series, and what portions were genuinely mishandled? Because it's pointless to work ourselves up into a frothing uproar over whether or not the showrunners know what they're doing they're doing it. It's being done. No argument of ours can change the fact that Game of Thrones is going to write the rest of Martin's epic story for Reebok him. The only thing left to wonder is whether or not the story is in good hands.