The last time George RR Martin published a novel in his A Song of Ice and Fire series was when Game of Thrones first aired on HBO 10 years ago. The fantasy series ended in 2019 and The Winds of Winter still doesn’t have a release date. Nevertheless, the 73-year-old’s latest update, amid his regrets that the TV series didn’t go on longer, may provide some hope for fans losing patience.
According to Insider, in James Andrew Miller’s new book Tinderbox: HBO’s Ruthless Pursuit of New Frontiers, Martin spoke of how Game of Thrones changed his life mostly for good, “but in some ways for bad.”
The HBO series ran for eight seasons with the last three entering unchartered territory in A Song of Ice and Fire.
The author’s agent Paul Haas shared how after season five, Martin “did start to worry about the path they were going because George knows where the story goes. He started saying, ‘You’re not following my template.’”
In the end, showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss “were tired and rightfully so. They were done, and wanted to move on, so they cut it short and then negotiations became, how many seasons can we stretch this out? Because of course, HBO wanted more.”
Does he just mean subplots or perhaps who ends up ruling the Iron Throne at the conclusion of A Dream of Spring.
Perhaps it’s be King Bran in the TV show but maybe Jon Snow aka Aegon Targaryen taking the crown in the books?
Even after The Winds of Winter is finally published, Martin will need to start writing A Song of Ice and Fire’s finale, A Dream of Spring.
Although with all his other projects there’s plenty of distractions to keep him from getting on with completing the epic anytime soon.