The fourth season of HBO’s smash hit fantasy series Game of Thrones may have just concluded, but that doesn’t mean that fans aren’t already looking ahead for what’s in store. And as the series reaches its halfway point, breaking all sorts of records along the way, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss sat down with Entertainment Weekly to discuss some important questions about where the series goes from here.
“For season 5, again, the fear started to dissipate when we outlined it and realized how much story we had to tell,” Benioff and Weiss explained. “Now that we’re nearly finished with the first drafts of each episode, we see no reason why the coming season shouldn’t be the strongest yet.”
Entertainment Weekly also brought up the recent topic of concern about how quickly Game of Thrones is catching up to Martin’s books. The interviewer speculated that the fifth season would likely conclude the major storylines of Martin’s fifth book, A Dance with Dragons, and asked what that means when it comes to setting up the sixth season when The Winds of Winter still remains without a release date.
“We have talked to George extensively about where he’s going with the books, and will continue to do so. His books are the blueprint for the world we’re building,” they explained. “Ultimately the show needs to work on its own terms, and keep on moving. Our job is to square that necessity with George’s work to the best of our ability.”