Anyone else wondering about how this will play out in terms of the events in the book and the actors' age and availability on the show?
If the production of each season continues as is we can assume the following order:
2012 - A Clash of Kings
2013 - A Storm of Swords
2014 - A Feast of Crows
2015 - A Dance with Dragons
2016 - The Winds of Winter (?)
2017 - A Dream of Spring (?)
The last two are just guesses because GRRM has not finished writing those, and is probably far from it. Even if this plays out perfectly, by the time ADWD goes to production all actors will be 5-6 years older than when the series started. This is especially relevant for child actors, who will grow and mature, but in the series they will need to look almost identical in age and appearance, as only a year or so has passed between the events of all these novels.
I guess they will need to employ really good makeup and take well placed shots so as to make it realistic that the character still looks relatively unchanged between each season/novel.
Second question is with the novels themselves. It took GRRM 6 years from the release of A Feast of Crows to finish ADWD. And lets remember, he already had the ideas for both books as his original intention was for them to be one novel. At this rate, by the time HBO finishes ADWD, The Winds of Winter novel won't be released and thus no show can be filmed. Lets not even mention the 7th book which wouldn't even have been started on, delaying production even further.
I guess the simple solution to this would be that GRRM really speeds up his writing somehow and releases both of the next two books in a 6 year time period.
Anyone else wondering on how all this will play out?