Originally Posted by bhaarat316
HAha, Brody such an asss...or is it heel?
but a bit of both. Season 1 was all book 1, season 2 was a mix of books 2 and 3. Have to wonder if they start making a few things up. Books 2 and 3 have so much detail and action each can make their own season.
I'm sure this season still has some of 3 in it.
Also they say he Martin will die before he finishes the books. The first few that come out in the 90s were instant. Books 5 and 6 took fooooreeevver.
This post is almost entirely wrong so I figured I'd sort this out in case people get confused. Season 2 of Game of Thrones wasn't a mix of books 2 and 3, its pretty much exclusively the second book (I only say pretty much because there might be a couple of minutes out of the 10 hours of season 2 that might have been taken from the third book that I'm not remembering off the top of my head). This season will be based on the third book, which is also the longest of the series (the 5th might be longer I don't know because I have a hard-cover version and the rest of them are all soft-cover).
The reason people might get confused about this is because two years ago the creators said they would consider making the third book into two seasons or bring chunks of it into the second season to make the sheer size of the third book more manageable in 10 episodes. That never really happened though.
Another reason why this has caused some confusion is because the fourth and fifth books for the most part take place at the same time. In case you are unaware, the way that GRRM writes the series, the chapters are all POVs, so the fourth book contains the POVs of a handful of characters and the fifth book contains the POVs of a handful of different characters, all of which take place at roughly the same time in the ASOIAF world. I guess technically speaking, the fifth book eventually starts to take place "after" the fourth book about half way through.
With that in mind, the fourth/fifth season of Game of Thrones will all but certainly be a blend of the fourth and fifth books. Also, there have only been 5 books released so far, the sixth book is being written right now. If book-readers are interested there are two full chapters from the sixth book, The Winds of Winter, that GRRM has released already. I'm sure you can find them if you want to.
The reason people say that the show will out-pace the books is because the show is working at a rate of 1 book per year, so the sixth season would start in 2016, 5 years after the release of the fifth book. There were respectively 5 and 6 years between the releases of the fourth and fifth books so that is why people are concerned. The sixth book might not be an issue to churn out before the HBO series catches up, but the seventh (and supposedly final one) could be a problem. GRRM is also 64 years old and looks like Santa Claus, so he isn't in great shape health-wise and that is why people are worried that he'll die before he finishes the series.
That was longer than I wanted it to be.
Season 1 (2011)= A Game of Thrones (1996)
Season 2 (2012)= A Clash of Kings (1998)
Season 3 (2013)= A Storm of Swords (2000)
----------Hypothetical going forward----------
Season 4 (2014)= A Feast for Crows (2005)/A Dance With Dragons (2011)
Season 5 (2015)= A Feast for Crows (2005)/A Dance With Dragons (2011)
Season 6 (2016)= The Winds of Winter (not yet completed)
The author is fat and old and writes slowly.