George R.R. Martin Says Game Of Thrones Could Run '5 More Seasons' If Show Was Faithful To ASOIAF

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The final season is almost upon us but George R.R. Martin says that Game of Thrones could have lasted much longer. The author of A Song of Ice and Fire has just admitted that Game of Thrones Season 8 could be far from the last season if the show was more faithful to the books.

Martin recently spoke to Anderson Cooper on 60 Minutes where he admitted he was hoping to finish the book series before the HBO show catches up with him. Interestingly, the ASOIAF writer somehow revealed that Game of Thrones couldn't possibly include all of the characters involved in his novels since it would make the show go on forever.

"There's no way to get in all the detail, all the minor characters, all the secondary characters. The series has been extremely faithful, compared to 97 percent of all television and movie adaptations of literary properties. But it's not completely faithful. And it can't be. Otherwise, it would have to run another five seasons," Martin said.


Book readers will be quick to point out that the HBO show is missing some key characters from the novels. For instance, Martin himself has previously admitted that he is unhappy that Lady Stoneheart does not appear in the series although she plays a major role in the books.

Perhaps it was a good move for Game of Thrones producers David Benioff and DB Weiss to decide to focus on the main characters. It certainly ensured that the main storyline is tackled instead of being sidetracked by the story arcs of minor characters.

Game of Thrones Season 8 will air on HBO on April 14.

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