Who knew it would take a pandemic-induced quarantine to get George R.R. Martin to finally finish his long-awaited sixth novel in his ongoing A Song of Ice and Fire series? Honestly, we wouldn’t expect anything less from the notorious procrastinator.
Martin, whose A Song of Ice and Fire novels served as the inspiration for HBO’s flagship fantasy series Game of Thrones, has long been dithering on his sixth novel in the seven-part series, The Winds of Winter. First it was supposed to be done in 2014. Then 2015. Then 2017. The book, which Martin has predicted could total 1,500 pages at least, has seen so many delays that fans had long given up ever seeing the series finished. But now Martin is holed up in his home with his many side projects put on hold, and the author says that he is returning to Westeros.
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HBO’s Game of Thrones universe is expanding exponentially, with the new spin-off House of the Dragon announced and plenty more reportedly to come. But the world of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin‘s saga of novels upon which HBO’s mega-hit fantasy series was based, has not moved forward in years. And honestly, many of us have given up on seeing the publication of the sixth novel in the seven-book series, The Winds of Winter, in our lifetimes. Martin is a notorious procrastinator — when he’s not writing in his Not a Blog website, he’s developing new Game of Thrones spin-offs, or writing companion books, or penning whole episodes for TV. But this time it’s different, Martin promises.
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Unless you spent this past spring trapped in the burned-out ruins of Harrenhal, you probably know that HBO’s Game of Thrones came to an end a couple of months ago. That shortened final season drew some loud, negative responses from many viewers – but fear not, for author George R.R. Martin is not the reactionary type. If you think he saw the divisive reaction to the show’s ending and is currently scrambling to make changes to his A Song of Ice and Fire ending, rest easy knowing that he’s not going to change a damn thing. (Whether he’ll ever finish writing, of course, still remains to be seen.) Read More »
Information about HBO’s still-untitled Game of Thrones prequel series has been slowly emerging over the past several months, and we’ve been poring over casting announcements and picking through statements from A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin like a maester at the Citadel. But thankfully, Martin has just revealed some concrete details about the upcoming show that give us a better idea of what to expect when the premium channel returns to Westeros. Read More »
When HBO’s Game of Thrones came to an end, author George R.R. Martin shared a message on his personal blog about the show’s finale…but it contained a fascinating tease about something else he was working on (aside from The Winds of Winter, that is). Martin teased that he “consulted on a video game out of Japan” – and now the trailer for that game has arrived.
It’s called Elden Ring, and Martin’s influence on this high-fantasy game is extremely apparent. Check out the trailer below, which debuted yesterday during Microsoft’s E3 presentation. Read More »
While the actions of Daenerys Targaryen in the final season of Game of Thrones divided the fandom over whether or not enough story track was laid in the show to justify her decisions, there was a much greater sense of unity over the seemingly-out-of-nowhere conclusion for Bran Stark in the series finale.
In a new interview, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who played Bran on the HBO show, explained that his character’s surprising ending was part of A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin‘s original plan all along. Read More »
Our watch may be over when it comes to HBO’s Game of Thrones, but I have a feeling it’ll be a long time before we’re done talking about this show. In today’s quick round-up: a new poll might reframe the conversation around last Sunday’s series finale, actress Gwendoline Christie is “pathetically thrilled” that she correctly predicted the ending of the show two years ago, and author George R.R. Martin has set a deadline for himself to finish the next book in his A Song of Ice and Fire saga, The Winds of Winter. Read More »
The fires are out and the ashes have fallen, and Game of Thrones is over. But the story continues, in the form of HBO prequels, and of course, the book series that started it all: George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. The author of the novels upon which Game of Thrones is based offered his emotional reaction to the ending of the show in a new blog post, which closed out an important chapter in Martin’s life — but may be teasing a new chapter from the books. And of course, Martin answers that big question: is his ending for A Song of Ice and Fire going to be different from the divisive Game of Thrones ending?
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Last night in Los Angeles, A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin moderated a Q&A after a special screening of Tolkien, the biopic about the author behind The Lord of the Rings. You can watch that entire Q&A here if you’re interested, but before the film began, I had the opportunity to speak with Martin about reading Tolkien’s work, how Tolkien impacted his own writing, and one of Martin’s big regrets. Read More »
You knew it would come to this, George. You, a typewriter, and a blank page. For the past eight years, you’ve had the excuse that Game of Thrones was dominating your time and energy, and then you decided to step away from executive producer duties during season 4 to focus on finally finishing The Winds of Winter, the next book in your A Song of Ice and Fire series. But you still haven’t, George. And with Game of Thrones ending with its ongoing eighth season, you have no excuses. But that won’t stop Martin from wistfully longing that this wasn’t the final season of Game of Thrones.
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