George R. R Martin did a wonderful job constructing this world and these characters, but let’s face facts: He is not an efficient writer. Being an “artist” can only take you so far. At this point in his procrastination, it’s not cute and it’s not creative. He very clearly has written himself into a corner — or several. He discusses it himself with the term Meereenese Knot. “Meereenese Knot” is a clever way of saying “writer’s block.” He’s grown tired of his own story and can no longer walk the walk.
And there’s nothing wrong with that; he’s lived with these characters for over twenty years now. Of course he’s grown sick of them. But the show must go on, and he’s not willing to push them into place.
At the end of the day, if you’re a teacher, do you want to reward the slacker students, or the motivated ones who have their shit together? The Game of Thrones showrunners are getting this narrative in gear with a concrete plan and timeline. There’s something to be said for that.
Shows exceeding their books are all the rage these days
While in most cases, the source material is better than its adaptation, in the Golden Age of TV, there are more examples than ever of television blowing the book out of the water. The Leftovers delivered one of the most beautiful seasonsof recent television when it moved beyond its own book, and Outlander is doing a considerable job trimming the fat off its novels.
[“BLA and GB Gabbler” (really just a pen name – singular) are the Editor and Narrator behind THE AUTOMATION, vol. 1 of the Circo del Herrero series. They are on facebook, twitter, tumblr, goodreads, and Vulcan’s shit list.]