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'Game Of Thrones' writer David Benioff on series future: 'There is a ticking clock'

HBO show risks catching up with author George RR Martin's source material

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Game Of Thrones executive writer and producer, David Benioff, has rejected claims that the HBO show will need to be stretched out to 10 series to prevent the risk of catching up with author George RR Martin's currently unfinished books.

Martin is currently working on his sixth book (The Winds Of Winter) and his seventh, and possibly final novel, A Dream Of Spring will follow. Tonight's series finale cuts the action two-thirds of the way through Martin's third book (Ice And Fire), with two unexplored books (A Feast for Crows, A Dance With Dragons) still to be adapted.

However, there is a worry that he won't have finished writing the sixth and seventh by the time the TV series catches up, with some suggesting that the show runners will have to stretch out books four and five over several seasons to give Martin more time to finish.

Benioff told Entertainment Weekly that stretching out the show would be catastrophic. He said: "There is a ticking clock here. We can't wait too long because of the kids. We have this wonderful cast, but we don’t have an infinite amount of time…We don’t want to become a show that outstays its welcome and tries to turn each book into three seasons."

He added: "Part of what we love about these books and the show is this sense of momentum and building toward something. If we tried to turn this into a 10-season show we'd strangle the golden goose."

Author Martin also insisted that he doesn't think there will be a problem with the show and his books overlapping. "I think the odds against that happening are very long. I still have a lead of several gigantic books. If they include everything in the books, I don't think they're going to catch up with me. If they do, we'll have some interesting discussions."

Game Of Thrones Season Three concludes tonight (June 10) on Sky Atlantic at 9pm.

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