On the one hand, the news can be perceived as somewhat disappointing considering this is the man who penned the novels over a decade before "Game of Thrones" ever saw the light of day on television (and who better to write an episode than the creative behind the series himself?) but when George R.R. Martin revealed to Entertainment Weekly that he would not be writing any episodes in the fifth season of the HBO series, "Game of Thrones" fans also seemed to be releasing a collective sigh of relief since the San Diego Comic-Con interview.
It's been three years now since the release of "A Dance with Dragons," the fifth book in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series, and fans have been eagerly anticipating GRRM's next installment, "The Winds of Winter." With the television series quickly closing in on where the most recent book has left off, things are going to start getting trickier and more complicated when it comes to plotting out and producing more episodes with so little released content left to go on. There was actually quite a bit of discussion on Twitter at the end of the most recent season when it came to Daenerys Targaryen and what would be left to tell from her perspective in the television series. One of her biggest and most recent story arcs (kicking Ser Jorah Mormont to the curb for his betrayal) has already ended and Dany hasn't had too much more going on for her since then in the books. Emilia Clarke's character is still alive and well in the books (for now) and with Daenerys being such a popular character in the television series, it's going to be interesting to see how the "Game of Thrones" writers plot out her future storyline.
The situation with "Game of Thrones" actually calls back a memory from high school and early college, back when devouring season after season of anime was the norm. Typically, most anime series originate from their graphic novel counterparts (otherwise known as manga) and not every anime goes into production after a manga has completed its serial run. The unfortunate part about this is that when an anime inevitably catches up to the manga, as they almost always do, there's really only two options with which to proceed from there: 1) go on a lengthy hiatus in order for the manga to produce more content that can be used in the anime, or 2) start churning out the dreaded filler arcs.
The last thing we want for "Game of Thrones" is to suffer through seasons of filler arcs. Yes, we know that the producers have all been told secrets about future plot points by Martin in the instance of his death, but that information will only go so far before the book and the television series completely deviate from each other and cause fans to lose interest.
So, for the sake of keeping fans of both the novels and the television series happy, let's all rejoice that George R.R. Martin is back on his DOS word processor and pouring all his focus into writing those remaining books. It'll do us all a world of good in the long run.