George R.R. Martin assures WINDS OF WINTER is coming

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Game of Thrones creator, George R. R. Martin reflected back on the tv adaptation after its series finale Sunday night. Although the brief blog post touches on a lot of subjects quickly, GoT book readers may have a reason to hold out hope. Martin makes a point to address the hotly anticipated sixth book in the Song of Ice and Fire series on which Thrones is based. Winds of Winter is coming… eventually.

“And I’m writing.   Winter is coming, I told you, long ago… and so it is.   THE WINDS OF WINTER is very late, I know, I know, but it will be done.  I won’t say when, I’ve tried that before, only to burn you all and jinx myself… but I will finish it, and then will come A DREAM OF SPRING.”

Martin explicitly does not set a date for the book. Thanks to the nature of the medium, he can continue writing and adding until he’s satisfied. Martin estimates that these last two books will fill, at the very least, 3000 manuscript pages. That’s not including the extra content. Martin says he’s unafraid to continue building up additional pages, chapters and scenes if the story and the characters demand it. If the series finale of Game of Thrones wasn’t what you expected – worry not. Winds of Winter is still a priority for Martin.

On that topic, Martin is gracious. Afraid to forget any of the hundreds of contributors to the show’s success, he only mentions three people by name; show runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and series writer Bryan Cogman. Martin recalls the lunch as long as a Westerosian winter where he, Benioff and Weiss first met and mapped out the series. Though lesser known, those two and Cogman make up what he calls the show’s three-headed dragon; the creative force behind it all. He’s vastly appreciative for each them and their contributions in turning his idea into television.

Martin calls the experience a wild, surprising ride that he’s still in awe of. Somehow, HBO took Game of Thrones, a massive cast of largely unknowns and turned everyone involved into a celebrity.

All that said, Martin smoothly skirts around expressing his own opinions of the series finale. By the end of the post, the only comparison between the books and the show is this: ” How will it all end? I hear people asking.   The same ending as the show?  Different? Well… yes.  And no.  And yes.   And no.   And yes.   And no.   And yes.”

Then later, writes “Book or show, which will be the “real” ending?   It’s a silly question. How about this?  I’ll write it.   You read it.”

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