'Game of Thrones' may turn to prequels: George R.R. Martin

George R.R. Martin.

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George R.R. Martin. (WENN)

Julia Alexander, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:52 PM ET

George R.R. Martin is a little concerned that Game of Thrones may be catching up too quickly to his novels.

In an exclusive interview with Vanity Fair, Martin discusses his concern over the rapid speed the show is progressing at. Although fans, Martin assures, shouldn’t worry about any kind of crossover happening between the two mediums because of one word: prequels.

“We have a prequel. We have the ‘Dunk and Egg’ novellas, which take place a hundred years before. And I’ve just published ‘The Princess and the Queen’, which takes two hundred years before,” Martin said.

The author did admit to the Vanity Fair interviewer that he’d like the prequels to be a last resort.

He’s even concocted a bit of a sly plan to ensure that the television show is always one step behind his written work.

“The season that’s about to debut covers the second half of the third book. The third book [A Storm of Swords] was so long that it had to be split into two. But there are more books beyond that, and ‘A Dance With Dragons’,” Martin said.

Martin further explained that ‘A Dance With Dragons’, the fifth and most recent book in the franchise, was just as large as ‘A Storm of Swords’, and the intricate plot could easily span three or four seasons.

While Martin has plans to stagnant the production of the televised series, show runners David Beinoff and David Weiss have recently said they were planning to end the show after its seventh season, effectively slicing the author’s plans in half.

“To start a show and say your goal is seven seasons is the height of lunacy. Once we got to the point where we felt like we’re going to be able to tell this tale to its conclusion. That became [the accepted] goal. Seven gods, seven kingdoms, seven seasons,” Beinoff told Entertainment Weekly.

Martin hasn’t acknowledged the recent revelation about the show, but he’s hoping they can hold off a couple more years until he’s written the conclusion to his epic.

“…’Feast and Dance’ take place simultaneously. So you can’t do ‘Feast and Dance’ the way I did. You can combine them and do it chronologically. And it’s my hope that they’ll do it that way and then, long before they catch up with me, I’ll have published ‘The Winds of Winter’, which’ll give me another couple of years.”

Regardless of the mixed time restraints, Martin confessed to Vanity Fair he is very aware of the creeping closeness the show is making toward his literary series, and acknowledges that it’ll all come down to the wire, when he’s in the midst of writing and publishing his final novel.

“It might be tight on the last book, ‘A Dream of Spring’, as they juggernaut forward,” he said.

The fourth season of Game of Thrones premieres on HBO Sunday April 6.


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