HBO's 'Game of Thrones' Will Spoil the Novels' Ending, Showrunners Admit

It's been clear for some time now that HBO's "Game of Thrones" would soon outpace George R.R. Martin's novels, but over the weekend showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff admitted they're destined to spoil elements of "A Song of Ice and Fire" along the way.

"Luckily, we’ve been talking about this with George for a long time, ever since we saw this could happen, and we know where things are heading," Benioff said at the Oxford Union. "And so we’ll eventually, basically, meet up at pretty much the same place where George is going; there might be a few deviations along the route, but we’re heading towards the same destination. I kind of wish that there were some things we didn’t have to spoil, but we’re kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place. The show must go on ... and that’s what we’re going to do."

Asked whether that sales of Martin's books might be harmed by the spoilers, Benioff replied, "I think the thing that’s kind of fun for George is the idea that he can still have surprises for people even once they’ve watched the show through to the conclusion. There are certain things that are going to happen in the books that are different in the show, and I think people who love the show and want more — want to know more about the characters, want to know more about the different characters who might not have made the cut for the show — will be able to turn to the books."

Watch the discussion, which included "Game of Thrones" actors Kit Harington and John Bradley, in the video below. "Game of Thrones" returns April 12 on HBO.

(via Vanity Fair)

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