This was becoming increasingly obvious, but Game of Thrones showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff have finally confessed out loud the TV show adaptation, which looks to end several years before George R.R. Martin releases the series' final volume, will be spoiling several aspects of the books.

Here's David Benioff speaking to the Oxford Union over the weekend (courtesy of Vanity Fair):

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. 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.

While there was always the possibility that the show would zig instead of zag on certain storylines, sticking to GRRM's main plan is almost certainly for the best. Some can be changed and some dropped, but overall, the main narrative has been constructed to lead to certain outcomes, and it would be to the show's detriment to ignore the best conclusion just to be different from the original A Song of Ice and Fire novels ( I have this terrible vision of the show revealing that Tyrion is Jon Snow's dad).

If I had to choose, I'd rather have the show done right than different. Happily, Weiss, Benioff, and even GRRM agree. Here's Benioff again:

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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.

Works for me.


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