As Season 4 of HBO's "Game of Thrones" rolls toward its finale, fans are becoming increasingly interested in what the endgame will look like. HBO has already renewed the series for two more seasons, but no one seems to be in agreement about how many seasons it will take to bring writer George R.R. Martin's epic to the screen. And now it appears Martin himself isn't so sure how many books it will take him to tell the story, either.
The original plan, at least as it currently stands, is to publish seven books in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" sequence that is the basis for HBO's TV series. But recently, Martin's editor Anne Groell hinted to fans in a Q&A that there might be eight books in the series.
Originally, the loose idea in Groell's mind was they would publish seven novels for the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.
But then, as reported by the Guardian newspaper, she said, "As I recently learned while editing 'The World of Ice and Fire' ... there are really technically eight kingdoms, all having to do with who has annexed what when Aegon the Conqueror landed in Westeros. So, maybe eight books for Seven Kingdoms would be OK."
Martin is currently writing the sixth book in the series, with one more on the way. But the TV show has nearly caught up to him with the current season expected to finish up events from the third novel. And while he told Entertainment Weekly this week that he currently expects to finish the story in seven books, he left himself some wiggle room, saying, "Get back to me when I'm halfway through Book Seven and then maybe I’ll tell you something more meaningful."