Winds of Winter: George RR Martin reveals why Game of Thrones book 6 has taken a back seat

May 15, 2018
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The next entry in A Song of Fire and Ice – the series that sparked the Game of Thrones TV show – has been in the pipeline for a very long time indeed.

Now that we’re 99% certain it won’t arrive at any point in 2018, speculation has gone quiet once again – but Martin hit back at one fan who demanded he prioritise it over his numerous other projects.

Via fansite Winter is Coming, someone commented on his blog: “We did not need anything else than Winds of Winter and the last book.

“All f**king spinoffs and histories and other moneymaking stuff could have waited!!!!! First things must come first!”

Martin responded: “I am not sure HBO would agree that the spinoffs (I prefer the term ‘successor shows’ myself) could have waited.

“With GOT set to end in 2019, they put five of them in the works, so as to have a new show… or more than one… to take up the mantle in 2020. (Development takes time).

“The successor shows were going to happen regardless. I prefer that they happen with my participation and guidance, rather than without it.”

This was around the same time he spoke out on why he has stopped posting sample chapters from the book.

“I think I have probably released too many sample chapters already,” he said.

“Put them all together, and what, there are probably more than a hundred pages (I honestly don’t know, I have never tried the exercise).

“In the past, I have always been happy to release sample chapters, and to read other chapters at cons. But in this age of the internet, no good deed goes unpunished.

“That was brought home to me when the Dozois anthology Book of Swords was released, and I found myself reading reviews that slammed Sons of the Dragon as ‘old, retread’ material because I’d read the story at a couple cons… for the entertainment of the few hundred people in the audience, but of course summaries went up all over the web, and somehow in the minds of some what should have been a brand new reading experience became old and familiar.”

Game of Thrones returns to TV in 2019.



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