|Robb Stark was trying to figure out how to win a war; |
I'm trying to figure out what's coming next on HBO. Same stakes, I'd say.
But of course, I'm not the only person who is thinking about where Game of Thrones will go from here; Entertainment Weekly recently published a story in which they talked to George R. R. Martin and showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss. What's the scoop? That Martin is still working on the series' sixth book, The Winds of Winter; that there is some concern from HBO about how obviously the show's younger actors, like Maisie Williams (Arya) and Isaac Hempsted Wright (Bran) are growing up; and that allowing Martin to finish the books before the show catches up with the storyline might mean the show going into hiatus.
I mean, I gasped at that last part. HBO would never let that happen; Game of Thrones is a cash cow right now, a cultural zeitgeist. But I wonder how faithful Benioff and Weiss can really be to the series' fourth book, A Feast for Crows - which introduces many new elements and storylines into this already-sprawling world - and how willing to deviate from Martin's version they are. This can't be a True Blood situation, can it? That show deviated so far from Charlaine Harris's original Southern Vampire Mysteries novels as to be virtually unrecognizable. I appreciate all the male nudity on that show, but please. Game of Thrones can't go down that way.
So what could, or should, be compressed for seasons four and five of Game of Thrones? I do, of course, have a few suggestions. Click through to read them and share what you think! (Of, and of course, SPOILERS AHEAD, somewhat.)
"Second Sons," which dealt mainly on three storylines. Because so much of this season will be tracking preparation for Joffrey's wedding and preparation for the Wall's showdown against Rayder's army, it just makes sense to keep episodes tighter. Of course, this will frustrate some people who are wondering what's going on with Dany, what's going on with Yara, what's going on with Arya, but if the showunners start drawing material from future books to fill out these earlier scenes, they're going to run through material at a pretty fast rate. Which wouldn't be a good thing.