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'Game of Thrones' is catching up to books at 'alarming' rate, says series author

If you're like most Game of Thrones fans, you've been salivating over the last few days with Vanity Fair's photos of the pretty, pretty cast for the April 2014 issue, courtesy of Annie Liebovitz, and some delightful videos of the actors out of character. There was also some interesting news mixed in, as book series author George R.R. Martin admitted that the show is not terribly far off from catching up to the end of his published material.

According to Winter is Coming on Tuesday, when asked about whether the show is starting to catch up with his books, the Song of Ice and Fire series author told the magazine “They are. Yes. It’s alarming.” Five books of a planned seven have been published so far, the most recent coming out in 2011. The first book, A Game of Thrones, was first published way back in 1996.

To that end, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss must be burdened with some incredible secrets, as Martin filled them in last year on what happens next and how it all ends up. This knowledge will allow them to set the groundwork for storylines that are currently unpublished, should the show make it past everything covered in A Dance with Dragons.

That would certainly make things interesting for book readers, who would end up having events from the next book spoiled by the TV show. Weiss also says producers would like to shoot for seven or eight seasons total, adding that the show "doesn’t just keep on going because it can."

"I think the desire to milk more out of it is what would eventually kill it, if we gave in to that,” he said.

The April 2014 issue of Vanity Fair is now on newsstands and available for digital download. Game of Thrones premieres Sunday, April 6 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

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