Game of Thrones debuted back in 2011, the same year that the fifth book in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, A Dance With Dragons, was published. Indeed, the first season ended less than a month before the novel was released.
Since then Game of Thrones has become the biggest TV show in the world over the course of six epic, shocking, emotional, and bloody seasons. For ASOIAF, however, A Dance With Dragons remains the latest instalment, with Martin infamously taking his sweet time in finishing the next book in the saga, The Winds of Winter.
However, this shouldn't really be a big deal: the show has diverged away from the books more and more every year, and there are innumerable differences in plots, characters dead, characters alive, and so on that mean that while the overall end may be the same, the journey will be quite different. Season 6, the first to go almost fully 'off-book', was supposed to highlight this more than any other.
In some storylines, this was very much the case. And yet, there were huge moments here that are more than likely going to happen in Martin's novels. There might be changes in the specifics, but these are plot developments so big they almost have to happen in the books.
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