It seems like Game of Thrones will be more off the books in the following season than it has been in the past 5 combined. Not that anybody clearly knows about facts, but the actress who plays Yara Greyjoy did give some insight about whether season 6 is going to be “book accurate” or not. And it looks like we can expect twists and turns from this one, perhaps in order to keep the show entertaining and the books a good read when they come out.
Gemma Whelan, who portrays Yara Greyjoy, was asked if season 6 will stay true to the books, giving even the readers major spoilers, or if David and Dan have their own way of pushing things forward. The core seems to have remained the same, perhaps with major characters still moving towards their destiny, but the rest of the storyline is more or less altered. George R.R. Martin seems to have given permission for these changes.
Whelan was very specific about the matter and said that “they’re not run out of the books, really, but they’ve liaised with George who writes the books and gone off on their tangent, with his approval”. But Martin’s approval is a two-way end situation: he is either powerless when it comes to making the decisions for the show, or he is quite content because the story moves on as he planned it.
The reason why Ms. Whelan has declared these so freely was because, as she did mention, there are many people who are literally spying on the show and who want to know everything that is going on. The leaks are everywhere, the fans are just dying to see what’s next and every little detail is looked after so that people get the spotlight and talk about what they saw on the Game of Thrones sets.
Another major concern for Whelan, for example, was stating that she would be going to Northern Ireland. When an actor drops new like this, people automatically know and start talking all over the internet about how Yara Greyjoy is officially going to be in season 6. Her only relief, if we can call it like that, was that it had already been leaked that she would be present in the following season, so there was nothing much to hide anyway.
So now that we know that Game of Thrones will be more off the books than before, there is plenty of room for double speculation.
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