Where Will Game of Thrones Go From Here?

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Sofia Ruiz, Staff Writer

Game of Thrones season five comes out this Sunday. I have never been so prepared for anything in my life. I plan to have all my homework done (or I will put it off until after the episode premieres). I am going to bake myself sugar cookies, buy salsa from Trader Joes, and hug the bag of tortilla chips in excitement during the opening credits. I am too close to making t-shirts for myself and my whole family.

So I’m looking forward to this, but there is one troubling question that has probably been on everyone’s mind: What happens when the show passes the books? We could ignore it back when we were young and naive during seasons one through four, but as reports come out that season five begins to stray more from the text and that season six will come out before George R.R. Martin even finishes Winds of Winter (the book corresponding to season six), some of us are beginning to sweat.

Martin does work closely with HBO in directing the tv series on the correct course, but how much would he allow to be changed? Obviously the show would never kill off a major character (someone with their own chapters) without Martin killing him/her off, too. But small changes can snowball into being just as big of a deal as huge plot twists. Unfortunately, a minute detail that is switched in this season may continue to diverge and affect how closely the show will be able to follow the sixth book.

Because Winds of Winter isn’t even out yet, HBO will not have as clear of a picture yet of what the season will look like or how many of our beloved characters will be slaughtered. We can hope that Martin will (probably) not let any drastic changes in the series occur, and that he has a pretty good idea of what Winds of Winter will look like. Also, as long as the changes in season five are relatively small, if Martin feels season six needs to come back to the original text to set up a big event (like a massacre that will inevitably end of killing off your favorite character), it can be done with good writers and some creativity.

Additionally, straying may not be a bad thing for some viewers. For anyone who has not read the books, the changes are not detected. For those who have, a different route may be welcomed-it can be a chance for a character to flourish (or be murdered) in a different setting or way than in the book. Of course there will be those who oppose any changes, but chances are unlikely something will be radically different from the text, and even if something diverges, it can probably be fixed later if necessary.

So, no matter what happens this season on Games of Thrones, or even what happens in season six, I know I will be watching it to the bitter, bitter end.