David Benioff and Dan Weiss Talk about "The End"

David Benioff and Dan Weiss, the show-runners of HBO's hit series Game of Thrones, sat down with Variety and talked about their journey from getting the OK from George R.R. Martin to adapt the books series to a show; The struggle they've had with making Game of Thrones a success. And much more. 

What this article will be focusing on is a single part from this interview.  That being David and Dan's decisions on how they'll handle passing the books, and their vision of the end of the series.  Don't worry this entire post is spoiler free (it's not like David and Dan would give away the ending of the series).

For a while now, most book readers have been worried that season 5 might be the point where we start getting spoiled for whats to come in the books.  But it doesn't look like that's the case.  When asked about where the show is compared to the books, this is what Benioff said:

Season five is still very much within the books for the most part.  The very first scene of the season and the very last scene of the season are book scenes.  It's more season six that's going to be diverging a bit.

As book readers have noticed the show has made many changes to the story. Now some of these may seem small at first, but they all start to add up.  And now we can see all of these minor changes starting to change the show as a whole. And as book reader purists go, this might be a scary thing.  But I personally feel there's no reason to fear the changes, the books and the show are both their own thing.  Yes, they'll both have the same ending, but their paths are starting to diverge more and more (and let's be honest with ourselves book readers, this just gives George more time to get Winds of Winter out before season 6).  I think Dan's response to the previous question sums this up perfectly:

It's like looking at a landscape and saying, "OK, there's a mountain over there, and I know that I'm getting to that mountain."  There's an event that's going to happen, and I know that I'm moving in the general direction of that event, but what's between where I'm standing now and that thing off on the horizon,  I'm not totally sure.

Recently there has been talk about how long the show will run.  In an EW interview, HBO programming president, Michael Lombardo said he would love to see the show run for 10 seasons.  However, when Benioff was asked the question of how long the show would run for he had quite a different answer than Lombardo.

We've got a very definitive idea of how much longer it is, and we're getting there.  We've just started writing episodes for season six.  I think we're heading into the home stretch.  Hopefully we'll have a clear answer soon.
We could got another four years - and we could come up with good stories - but the one thing that really got us excited when we pitched this to HBO was that this isn't just a regular series.  It's a real story with a beginning, a middle and an end.
We know what the end is, and we're barreling toward it.  So the idea that we're going to try and stretch it out by an extra couple years just because we're all having a good time doing it and people are making money off it just feels like it would be a betrayal.

Lots of things we're covered in this interview with Variety, but these two pieces were the ones I felt worthy of talking about (and the only things I haven't heard them say 50 times before).  So what do you think of what they had to say?  Whatever it is leave your thoughts and questions in the comments below!