Author George RR Martin will soon be overtaken by his TV adaptation.
The creators of Game of Thrones have confirmed that the TV show will move faster than the novel it's based on - so the show will contain spoilers for future books.
Everyone loves Game of Thrones, but some of us have been reading George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire for decades. The first book was released in 1996, and we waited six years for the most recent one.
Which might explain why the TV show's writers have decided to jump ahead.
The segment on spoiling the books is at about 34 minutes.
The revelation was made at an event with show creator David Benioff and Brett Weiss at Oxford Union - with actors Kitt Harrington (Jon Snow) and John Bradley (Samwell Tarly).
"We’ve been talking about this with George for a long time, ever since we saw this could happen, and we know where things are heading," Benioff told the students.
"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."
And, knowing how much the response was likely to annoy long-time readers:
"I kind of wish that there were some things we didn’t have to spoil, 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."
He said Martin was writing the "great epic of our time" and he'll take however long he needs, but the show couldn't take a hiatus because they'd lose their in-demand actors.
John Bradley hits the nail on the head (7:30) when he says the books are both a blessing and a curse - that with the ready-made audience, there are a great many people to "piss off".
Author George RR Martin has taken a notoriously long time to finish recent books in the series, with the approach of taking as much time as he feels each needs – nicknaming the last instalment, Dance with Dragons, as King Kong.
Show writers are now likely to take Martin's notes on the story's direction as they plot out future seasons.
As one commenter on the Song of Ice and Fire subreddit said, discussing the problem: the night is dark and full of spoilers.