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Does anyone know how many seasons the Game of Thrones TV series will run for before it is concluded, and will this match up with the number of A Song of Ice and Fire books?

If so, is each book roughly equivalent to a series, or are they adapted differently?

  • Each published, physical book has roughly mapped to a season so far, with seasons 3 and 4 mostly following the events of "A Storm of Swords Part 1" and "A Storm of Swords Part 2" respectively. – Dr R Dizzle Feb 3 '15 at 15:36
  • Some extra info on each season roughly equalling a book. – Möoz Feb 3 '15 at 21:26
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Season 5 starts April 12, 2015, and Season 6 has already been ordered, but no details have really come out about when it will start airing. There is no telling at this time how many seasons there will be in total, but as of now there are 4 seasons that have been aired, a 5th season will start airing this year, and a 6th season will likely start airing in April of 2016.

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According to this article David Benioff and D.B. Weiss(the showrunners) want the series to last a total of 8 seasons. That is assuming HBO will keep it for that long, but that is the plan as of now.

MJ: I gather that Game of Thrones could last eight or nine seasons. Does that mean putting novel writing on hold for a decade?

B&W: Yes, if we live that long and HBO keeps wanting to make the show. We have the opportunity here to tell a coherent story that lasts for 80 hours. And while a canvas of that size presents all sorts of storytelling problems, it also allows us to spend more time with these characters we love than we’ll ever get again. Every once in a while we get five minutes to think about thinking about novels. But mostly we’re just happy when we get to read one now and again.

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    After that they might plan for prequel spinoff etc too. – Ankit Sharma Feb 3 '15 at 15:50
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    @AnkitSharma If then a prequel. Sequels are hard if all the original characters are dead. ;-) – Napoleon Wilson Feb 3 '15 at 16:38
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    @NapoleonWilson On the other hand, how do you make prequels without killing any of them? ;-) I wage that both approaches would need a clean set of characters with very little overlap: a few survivors from a prequel could be some that we know now, or a few survivors (or just the survivor, judging by the way things are going) from the current show could go to a sequel (and likely get killed off right at the start of it). – Vedran Šego Jun 24 '15 at 22:48
  • Season six might not arrive until May 2016: watchersonthewall.com/… – BCdotWEB Oct 29 '15 at 18:31
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As to Wikipedia, it is planned to last about 8 seasons and it's unlikely that it will stretch to much more than that.

Showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss [...] envision the series to have a scope of some 80 hours, about eight seasons' worth of material.

As to the particular adaptation schedule, the previous seasons pretty much aligned with the books, with the 1st season featuring A Game of Thrones, the 2nd A Clash of Kings and the 3rd and 4th the 1st and 2nd parts of A Storm of Swords each (with some parts of the later books). The next seasons will likely feature a more mixed adaptation, interspersing parts from A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons to equal degrees.

Seasons 1 and 2 each adapted one novel. For the later seasons, the creators conceive of Game of Thrones as an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire as a whole, rather than of individual novels. This gives them the liberty to move events back and forth across books according to the requirements of the screen adaptation.

There is also this interesting table which gives a very detailed adaptation schedule, comparing episodes (left) to book chapters (top), for the first 4 seasons (and also shows the gradually less linear adaptation towards later seasons):

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This is largely due to the fact, that as much as I know (though, I admittedly haven't read any of the books), A Feast for Crows shows the events in Westeros and A Dance with Dragons the events in Essos at the same time, while for the TV show it is more entertaining, established and contributory to the attention of the audience to intersperse those storylines with each other. Add to this, that the next books aren't published yet and the TV series might very well end before the book series has been finished, which will likely lead to a "rougher" adaptation than having a prewritten book series, even though George R. R. Martin has large story-wise input to the TV-show.

...Benioff and Weiss said they do not want to pad Game of Thrones out so as to wait for George R. R. Martin [...] to finish writing the last two novels. Knowing the broad outlines of Martin's intended ending for A Song of Ice and Fire, and concerned that extending Game of Thrones to ten seasons would kill its sense of momentum, they consider it possible (but not preferable) that the TV series ends before the last novel is published.

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    "..they consider it possible (but not preferable) that the TV series ends before the last novel is published." Its possible that the universe will end before the last novel is published – Cearon O'Flynn Jun 24 '15 at 14:24
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    @CearonO'Flynn Even if it would be slightly faster: I can't imagine a 40 year old Maisie Williams playing an eleven year old Arya. – his Jun 24 '15 at 14:32

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