The source material and the TV adaptation continue to go their separate ways
Back in 1996, author George R. R. Martin kicked off his A Song Of Fire And Ice series with A Game Of Thrones.
In the 20 years since, Martin has written and published four more books, most recently A Dance With Dragons in 2011.
Moving at a much faster pace, the TV adaptation series Game Of Thrones kicked off on HBO in 2011, has already had five seasons, and is now proceeding with events despite not knowing where Martin has planned on taking the characters to next.
Not that it necessarily needed to - as an adaptation it has always been loyal but liberal with incidents and character's fates - but now things are continuing to separate even more that usual.
In an interview with IGN, the author said “I have decided to do that, yes. Will you know it? I don’t know. It’s fairly obvious, because it’s something that involves a couple of characters, one of whom is dead on the show, but not dead in the books. So, the show can’t do this, unfortunately, because they’ve killed a character that I have not killed. But that doesn’t narrow it down much, because at this point, there are like, fifteen characters who are dead in the show who are still alive in the books.”
Martin's next book The Winds Of Winter had been intended to be released in late 2015, but in January 2016 Martin commented that "months away still...if the writing goes well." Watch this space...