Fans of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series were crestfallen when they learned that the author would not be able to finish his sixth book, The Winds of Winter, before the sixth season of the television adaptation Game of Thrones begins airing in April. Fortunately, Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer is confident that everything will work out alright for both parties.
Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live this week, Dormer admitted that while the new season will cover major events from Martin’s unfinished novel, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are not only more than up to the task of handling this tricky situation, but will also deviate from Martin’s source material enough that bookreaders will still find surprises when they finally get their hands on The Winds of Winter:
“They [Benioff and Weiss] sat down and had a big powwow with George a couple of years ago in case of this eventuality,” Dormer told Kimmel. “Maybe A to B they go off on slightly different tangents, but B is still B.”
Martin himself has commented on the “butterfly effect” and how each small change the TV show makes to his original story will lead to bigger deviations down the road, so while it’s true that the books will be spoiled in many ways by the show from here on out, there will still be more than enough differences between the two.
Dormer went on to mention that both the showrunners and Martin are both clear with how each party will handle new developments and also admitted that season six will be “fresh snow” for not only viewers but those involved with the show as well. Either way, it’s going to be very interesting to see where season six takes Martin’s story and how people react to Martin’s book when it’s finally released, already knowing (for the most part) where the story’s headed.