Following up on the previous thread (based on the comments by Frank Doelger where he thinks they'll get to 7 seasons), David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have said in a new interview they want to get to 80 episodes (8 seasons).
Intriguingly, they also say that they've been having a lot of discussions with GRRM and they seem to have different ideas on how the show will proceed after Season 4 (basically, after the show completes the ASoS material). We know from prior interviews that GRRM would prefer them to adapt AFFC/ADWD fairly closely and get several seasons out of them (amongst other things, this will give him more time to finish the books). D&D clearly disagree, having previously ruled out a 10-season show which is what stripping AFFC and ADWD across 2 or 3 seasons would likely entail. This feeds into the discussion from the previous thread about the structure of the show going forwards. It certainly sounds like those who use who suggested AFFC/ADWD being done and dusted by the end of Season 5 might be closer to the mark than not.
D&D might disagree, but deep down inside they should realize that they are ruining a good book series with b-quality television. I hope these two guys are proud of themselves for ruining the show by each episode (saracasme).
I realize that books are different from the tv series, but why would they make a promise to GRRM that they would follow the storyline as closely as possible when in the end they don't really do it at all? Only the first book came as close IMHO.
There are many instances in which major parts of the books have been left out. I'm sure that the tv crowd would have appreciated them either way.
Then again, I think it's plausible to say that the books are simply too awesome for tv producers/writers to produce/write for television.
I mean, I watched SE03E01. So basically we have Joffrey in KL with a few guards to protect him? Right, the King among thousands of civilians with just a few men protecting him. Good job D&D, excellent tv. NOT.
I can only pray that they don't make their own storylines for the tv series when GRRM isn't ready to publish his last books.