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In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Game of Thrones producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss talk about the process of adapting the George R. R. Martin novels (the Song of Ice and Fire series) to television screenplays.

In the interview, the producers say that they would very much like to adapt the entire series of books “in a perfect world,” and that while wanting to stay true to the books, they are inspired by the liberties that True Blood takes, and plan to have “more surprises for the readers” in the second season. Benioff says:

You don’t want people to go in smugly thinking they know every single thing that’s going to happen.

They also talk a lot about how they approached having to make changes from the book to screen, and if they worried about appeasing or angering the fan base. Benioff says:

The choices we made were always about what’s going to be best for the show and because of that we ended up being quite faithful to the book because it’s a fantastic book and we loved the characters and we loved the plot lines and we didn’t feel any reason to deviate just the sake of deviation. Obviously there are certain changes that are made because you have to make certain changes in an adaptation, but never because “Uh-oh the fans or the messageboards might scream bloody murder if we do this or that.”

Eagerly waiting for the second season, we are also interested in what the producers have to say about that. On whether they’ll do things differently this time around, Benioff says:

I think a lot of things. [...] In terms of doing things differently, usually you have a little bit less work going into the second season, because you’ve got your cast set and you’ve got your sets set. But with this there are so many new characters that come into the second book and even though not all of them will make it into the series, a bunch will, so we’ve got a lot of casting to do. There are a lot of new worlds our existing characters visit so there are lots of sets to be built and new locations, so with any luck we’re going to be shooting in three different countries in this coming season. So there is quite a lot of work ahead of us.

Would you like the show to carry on for the entire book series, or do you think its popularity will fall over the years? Maybe they could come back whenever book 7 is released and do a wrap-up movie?

You are able to read the full interview, in which the producers talk about the sex scenes the Dothraki language, character deaths and the reactions they’ve had from viewers here at The Sydney Morning Herald.

  • Aughmenique

    I would love the show to carry on the way it is as i think it could keep it’s popularity because it is just so vast in size, and if they cast the right people for the part it would work. Having said that a song of fire and ice is so so big in scale and the fact that he has not finished writing and so they will not know what to keep in and what to cut. I find this is also the problem with the hp movies but i won’t get into my theories on that lol. I have read the books and after that find that i would like to be surprised as long as it would not change the story too much. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/mariaines89 Maria Ines Del Castillo

    That show is amazing!! It’d be great being able to see all the books on tv.

  • Ann

    I would really like the show to carry on through all the books, but I’m not thrilled about them changing things. The books are not finnished, so they can’t be sure that some little thing they want to change, isn’t in fact really important for the upcoming plot. I loved the first season and I’m looking forward to the second. I don’t think that a movie would be a good idea, because the books are just too big and can’t be adapted for a movie.

  • dD

    There will inevitably end up being a gap.  The TV series will get caught up and be nipping at the heels of Martin as (if) he finishes.  If you plan on HBO doing one of the books per year–it’s very well possible that they could have the TV version of Dance finished and on DVD/Blueray before Martin has Winds of Winter finished.

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