With the news that Martin hopes to have A Dance with Dragons published by Sept. or Oct., whether you believe him or not, what does this mean for the HBO series?
The timing of that potential release seems to match up pretty well with when HBO may be making a decision on Thrones. Seeing Dance rocket to the top of the best seller list could help them make that decision. It could certainly help their potential bottom line if they can build off the buzz and visibility of having a best seller by announcing that the full series will be going into production.
Or if they decide to make the decision sooner they may be able to build visibility for the project by slapping a “Soon to be an HBO series!” sticker on the cover. While I would expect many of Martin’s fans already know about the possibility of the HBO adaptation, I’m sure there are many more that don’t frequent Martin’s site or the other fan sites and have no idea. Using the much anticipated 5th book to advertise their upcoming series will help guarantee HBO most of the ASOIAF fan base will be tuning in once it gets to air.
Whatever HBO decides to do, I just really, really hope to be reading Dance sometime this fall.