For those who came aboard the franchise with the HBO series that premiered way back in 2011, the epic story of the lordly Stark family, the succession crisis on the Iron Throne of Westeros, and the magical zombie apocalypse from the frozen north, were concluded in the eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones” last 2019. But for the purists who began reading George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” books since “A Game of Thrones” in 1996, the real story only ends when the projected seventh book comes out. Unfortunately the series has only been up to book 4, published 2011. Book 6 is still unfinished.
The readership badgering George R.R. Martin to finally bring out “The Winds of Winter” – the penultimate volume of his “A Song of Ice and Fire” fantasy series – has become a meme for how many years it has been going on. But as Entertainment Weekly tells us, the now-72-year-old veteran author has given a positive update on progress regarding the long-delayed book. Apparently “ASOIAF” fans can thank the COVID-19 pandemic for keeping Martin cooped up in one place, because it helped him write “hundreds of pages” worth of story for once.
On his blog, Martin noted to his fans that 2020 gave him “the best work on ‘WOW’” since he began it. That is saying something since he has been working on it following the release of “A Dance with Dragons” in 2011. His reasoning for his writing speed last year was, “Maybe the isolation. Or maybe I just got on a roll. Sometimes I do get on a roll.” Then he dampened reader spirits by saying that there are actually hundreds more pages of narrative and dialogue he needs to put down, and he is no longer making prediction dates on when he will actually be done with it all.
To reference, the “Game of Thrones” HBO adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s work made use of broad strokes for the plots of the five published books until roughly season 5 (2015), where Jon Snow was stabbed and left to die by the Night’s Watch for treason. Since season 6 to 8, series show-runners D.B Weiss and Dave Benioff have taken the storyline down an original path, though they maintain that the bastard Jon Snow’s parentage reveal in-series was what Martin was working on in writing.
Of course, other matters are cutting into Martin’s time writing “Winds of Winter.” He is also being consulted on various spinoffs being developed by HBO. One prequel series, “House of the Dragon,” is supposed to commence shooting later this year.
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