‘Game of Thrones’ Actor Claims George R.R. Martin Has Finished Books 6 And 7 Already
‘Game of Thrones’ is almost over, but George R.R. Martin has yet to finish his book series, ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’. The show went ahead and kept telling the story without any source material, but fans of the written works are still waiting. Some recent comments from a ‘GOT’ actor have excited those expectant people, but it might not be what you think. Let’s find out more!
THE MANY DELAYS
While HBO’s massive hit is almost done with its final season, fans are still waiting for author George R.R. Martin to complete his novel series, ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’. The fifth entry in the saga was released in 2011 right around the time of the show’s premiere and titled ‘A Dance With Dragons’. Fans are still waiting for book number six, ‘The Winds of Winter’. The author has been telling his fans for the past eight years that he is still working on it for.
"The Winds of Winter is not finished. It'll be done when it's done."
Taking a fashion cue from Johnny Cash’s “Man in Black.” pic.twitter.com/J6v6MRrged— George RR Martin (@GRRMspeaking) December 11, 2017
Many people hoped that Martin would finish the series before the end of the HBO hit, but to no avail. The seventh and final planned book is ‘A Dream of Spring’. The show passed the stories in the novel series in 2016, and it has been working without source material since then, and fans are sad that they will get to see the end of the story without the original work.
The author has delayed the sixth book’s publication several times, choosing to embark on other projects, while fans are desperate. During the Season Eight premiere, Martin addressed his coming novel, saying that he has given up on guessing a deadline date because fans get upset.
"It'll be done when it's done. It's been going very well lately, so knock wood."
MARTIN DOES NOT RESPOND TO PRESSURING
Fans know that the next book has, at least, 100 pages already in place because the author moved a scene about Aeron Greyjoy that originally appeared in ‘A Dance With Dragons’. In 2011, the author posted a preview chapter of ‘The Winds of Winter’ on his site, and this would become a trend as he would also read excerpts from the incomplete work at conventions.
In his defense, he has never actually teased about a possible release date. "I’ve gotten in constant trouble for that. There’s an element of fans who don’t seem to realize I’m making estimates. I’ve repeatedly been guilty of an excess of optimism.” Another point that worries fans is that Martin is 70 years old (as of this article).
Trying out new hats...part three. pic.twitter.com/JGY28jhQMI— George RR Martin (@GRRMspeaking) August 23, 2017
Additionally, he is not a particularly fit guy and some people have worried that something might happen to him before he can complete his work. This has happened to other authors in the past. Author Robert Jordan became too ill at one point and started gathering all his notes about future novels. Eventually, Brandon Sanderson was able to finish Jordan’s saga.
However, Martin finds those comments completely offensive. In 2015, the author posted online that his publisher had given him two deadlines for the books, and he couldn’t make either. Therefore, the show had to go on without him.
"You're disappointed, and you're not alone," he wrote. "My editors and publishers are disappointed, HBO is disappointed, my agents and foreign publishers and translators are disappointed. But no one could possibly be more disappointed than me… As the suspicion grew that I would not make it after all, a gloom set in, and I found myself struggling even more. The fewer the days, the greater the stress, and the slower the pace of my writing became."
COULD THIS BE OUR LUCKY YEAR?
In 2018, George R.R. Martin released ‘Fire & Blood’, a history of House Targaryen, which meant that ‘The Winds of Winter’ would be delayed again. Fans hoped that 2019 would be the lucky year and there is still time. However, some comments from a former actor on ‘Game of Thrones’ recently got people’s hopes up.
Actor Ian McElhinney, aka Ser Barristan Selmy, went to Epic Con this past April and claimed that the author had already completed both books. However, he continued stating that Martin had agreed not to publish them until the show aired its final episode.
New interview with Ian McElhinney (Barristan Selmy), who's been working for decades, in The Irish News: "Personally my favourite 'gigs' have been my roles in Observe The Sons Of Ulster and in HBO's Game of Thrones." Indeed. Rest easy, Ser Barristan. pic.twitter.com/gWrLGbRyAQ— Winter is Coming (@WiCnet) June 14, 2018
“George has already written Books 6 and 7, and as far as he’s concerned there only are seven books. But he struck an agreement with David and Dan, the showrunners on the series, that he would not publish the final two books until the series has completed,”
he said. McElhinney continued talking about his character who died in Season Five.
“So if all goes well, in another month or two we might get Books 6 and 7, and I’m intrigued to know how Barristan, for instance, ends up going through those final two books. George, I talked to him during Season 1 and he did say to me that Barristan had a very interesting journey. But unfortunately I didn’t get to play all of that, so we’ll have to wait and see.”
Once the show got surpassed the novels, the creators went to Martin’s house and had many story conferences to discuss how the story ends. Therefore, fans will have an idea of the ending by the time the final books come out, although the HBO hit is not as detailed as the written works.
Unfortunately, while it would be awesome if the author had actually finished both novels, Martin recently posted an update, denying McElhinney’s words.
“No, THE WINDS OF WINTER and A DREAM OF SPRING are not finished. DREAM is not even begun; I am not going to start writing volume seven until I finish volume six.”
The author continued,
“It boggles me that anyone would believe this story, even for an instant. It makes not a whit of sense. Why would I sit for years on completed novels? […]Why would HBO want the books delayed? The books help create interest in the show, just as the show creates interest in the books.”
That is certainly disappointing, but we wonder why the actor would have repeated those rumors or if someone misheard him.
“So… no, the books are not done. HBO did not ask me to delay them. Nor did David & Dan. There is no “deal” to hold back on the books. I assure you, HBO and David & Dan would both have been thrilled and delighted if THE WINDS OF WINTER had been delivered and published four or five years ago… and NO ONE would have been more delighted than me.”
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