George RR Martin offered his latest update on the next entry in his A Song of Ice and Fire series, The Winds of Winter. The latest news comes from Martin’s Not A Blog website, where he said on Friday that the ending he sees for his books has moved away from HBO’s ending. game of thrones series.
Martin has said in the past that his book series ending will likely be very different from the series ending, but he’s never said that as definitively and clearly as he has in this new post.
Throughout the post, he describes his writing process as something like gardening, tending to history, and seeing where it grows. It also leads him to explain where he sees him growing up now:
“What I’ve noticed more and more lately, however, is that my gardening is taking me further and further away from the TV series,” Martin writes. “Yeah, some of the stuff you saw on HBO in game of thrones you will also see in The Winds of Winter (though maybe not quite the same way)…but much of the rest will be quite different.
He goes on to call this shift inevitable, largely because the books are bigger and more complicated than the show ever could be. There are dozens and dozens more characters in A Song of Ice and Fire than in HBO’s series, plus many points of a few characters and many characters who have very different forms in the novels – including fan-favorite Euron Greyjoy who Martin says is “way, way, way, way different” in his side of the story.
To put things even more clearly, Martin explains:
One thing I can say, in general enough terms not to spoil anything: all the characters who survived until the end of game of thrones will survive until the end of A Song of Ice and Fire, and not every character who died on game of thrones will die in A Song of Ice and Fire. (Some will, sure. Maybe most. But definitely not all) ).
This major departure should be good news for ardent fans of Martin’s novels and fans of the HBO series who were disappointed with how it ended. While small starts were always assumed (and, again, frequently confirmed by Martin himself), this latest update means fans will have a reason to return to the story with the promise of a very ending. different – and hopefully more satisfying – in maps.
Martin does not offer updates on The Winds of Winter often, partly because he says he doesn’t want to spoil the story. Although he has yet to announce the release date of this latest book, we know that he has been working on it from time to time since A dragon dance was published in 2011. We also know from what he said that he redid parts of the book several times.
Anytime The Winds of Winter fate, Martin will have one more book to complete his planned seven-book arc for A Song of Ice and Fire. Along with his work on The windsMartin also produces several game of thrones spin-off series for HBO, as well as working on a few other books in the A Song of Ice and Fire universe.