The HBO series Game of Thrones is pulling in massive ratings. The fantasy/adventure soap opera the right mix of characters and action capable of drawing new fans to the “sword and sorcery” world. The series is based on five published books. The sixth book in the series, Winds of Winter, is slated to come out right before the sixth season of the show starts.
What can fans do? Other than avoid reading any news about the upcoming season or novel and making a choice to either read the book first and ignore the series until later (or vice versa), there is not much else that can be done. This is the crossroads the series has reached. Not to be trite about things, but fans should look on the proverbial bright side. A lot of great television programs do end up being canceled prematurely.
Game of Thrones is successful enough we know it is going to run the full seven promised season. Maybe a spinoff will follow. At one time, any and all sci-fi/fantasy programming was unavoidably short-lived. Regardless of what direction the television show takes, just be thrilled it is still there.