A Song of Ice and Fire fans face a tough decision: to watch Game of Thrones Season 6, which premieres April 24, 2016, or wait for The Winds of Winter, the next book in the George R. R. Martin series. Now, the series' showrunners have made their decision a bit easier. Game of Thrones won't spoil The Winds of Winter, according to David Benioff and Dan Weiss.
To some readers, this might sound like old news. Back in January, George R.R. Martin himself told us that Game of Thrones won't spoil The Winds of Winter, because it couldn't. The HBO series had diverged so far from the books that true spoilers weren't possible. Perhaps fans were too harried by the news that Martin would not make his April 24 deadline for The Winds of Winter to pay attention.
Whatever the case, Benioff and Weiss feel the need to say it one more time: Game of Thrones won't spoil The Winds of Winter in Season 6. Benioff tells Entertainment Weekly:
So much of what we’re doing diverges from the books at this point. And while there are certain key elements that will be the same, we’re not going to talk so much about that – and I don’t think George is either. People are going to be very surprised when they read the books after the show. They’re quite divergent in so many respects for the remainder of the show.
So chill out, A Song of Ice and Fire readers. You're safe from spoilers this time around.