Weiss & Benioff admitting that the show will pass the books, or at least some elements of the books certainly was not a surprise .. HBO is going to stick to that original 7 season plan, and at 60 million cost per season and the 15 million they pay GRRM, I can't say I blame them .. maybe HBO will move onto some Bernard Cornwell, who is a much superior writer than GRRM anyway ..
I finished my 3rd read a couple months back, and I have to say, it was a struggle to read 4 and 5 again .. they are just downright boring in many places .. the books could easily have been edited down to one volume ..
I don't think GRRM much cares one way or the other .. he's made a ton of money, he's the Lord of the Nerds, his convention appearances will always have him in demand, where he is worshipped .. in fact, George would rather just stay out on the road, live on set at GOT, make TV appearances, blog about the New York Jets .. etc .. that's exactly why the book series is in the shambles that it's in .. he refuses to write anywhere but at his desk in Santa Fe ..
When I met him many years ago, the man I thought he was seems to be no longer .. After so many years of reading and studying everything he has written, following his blog .. I am pretty much convinced GRRM has changed greatly .. I suppose most would, given the circumstances ..
At this point, I simply don't care if HBO wraps up the show before even Volume 6 comes out .. or, as some have speculated, goes beyond 7 seasons .. which I am sure GRRM would be happy with ..