'Game of Thrones' Season 5 Won't Spoil the Books Just Yet

Though showrunner David Benioff recently said the TV series would spoil the books, he clarifies that the upcoming fifth season is within the novels published so far.

AceShowbiz - "Game of Thrones" will not spoil the books in this forthcoming season 5. After saying that the TV series would outpace the books, showrunner David Benioff now makes it clear that it won't happen in the fifth season just yet.

"We're not really beyond the books yet," Benioff tells Mashable. "Thinking about the first scene of the season and the last scene of the season, it's all still within the novels [published so far], so you're still mostly safe."

Previously, Benioff said, "We've been talking about this with George [R.R. Martin] 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," he added, "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."

Following his statement, some fans speculated that Tyrion Lannistes would meet Daenerys Targaryen in season 5, since a poster for the next season features Tyrion seeing one of Dany's dragons. Tyrion and Dany's encounter has not happened in the books.

Meanwhile, George R.R. Martin has been working on the sixth book "The Winds of Winter" of the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series, and has completed "hundreds of pages." Talking about the show outpacing the books, the author said, "I reached a point where I try not to worry about issues like that. I just get up every day and write the scene that's in front of me, and go from one chapter to the next chapter, and eventually it'll be done."

"Game of Thrones" season 5 kicks off Sunday, April 12 at 9 P.M. ET on HBO.

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