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GRRM Has a New Twist for Winds of Winter that Won’t Be in the TV Show

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Now that the HBO series, “Game of Thrones” has caught up and basically surpassed the novel series A Song of Ice and Fire of which it is based, some readers may be less enticed to read the forthcoming novel. (I mean let’s be real, this may not have happened had author George R.R. Martin not taken 5 plus years to write the upcoming novel “The Winds of Winter” which we still have no idea when it is coming out.)

However, GRRM has announced that he will be putting a “twist” in the upcoming final two novels that is a diversion from the series on HBO. He claims this diversion is because certain life-and-death plot changes in the show have already begun.

“It involves a couple of characters, one of whom is dead on the show but not dead in the books,” Martin said, in the course of the 25-minute interview with IGN. “The show can’t do this stuff, because they killed a character that I have not killed.”

It is hard to figure out who exactly may get the axe considering there are at least 15 characters who fit the description but as with most things there is a Reddit thread where this is being widely discussed.

Hopefully, “The Winds of Winter” will release next year as soon as the creative muse inhabits GRRM once more.

 

GRRM Hasn’t Figured Out the Exact Ending for ASOIAF

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“Game of Thrones” and A Song of Ice and Fire author, George R.R. Martin, revealed recently that he has not yet decided how to end the popular series.  But don’t worry fans, he has an overall tone set for the final book in the series and with those ideas in mind, the HBO show will follow accordingly.

“I haven’t written the ending yet,” Martin said in an interview with the Observer when asked if the ending would be particularly dark. “I’ve said before that the tone of the ending that I’m going for is bittersweet,” he added.

GRRM said that the Lord of the Rings series provided some inspiration for A Song of Ice and Fire. 

“It ends with victory, but it’s a bittersweet victory. Frodo is never whole again, and he goes away to the Undying Lands, and the other people live their lives,” he said. Martin says that’s exactly the sort of tone he’ll be aiming for with the Song of Ice and Fire ending.

When it comes to the HBO show, the producers have said many times that they know what to do if something happens and the book series is never completed. David Benioff, one of the main writers and producers, explained that they have had MANY conversations with GRRM about the show and the direction in which the books are heading. Benioff also explained that GRRM “makes a lot of stuff up as he’s writing it. Even while we talk to him about the ending, it doesn’t mean that that ending that he has currently conceived is going to be the ending when he eventually writes it.”

The sixth season of the HBO series is currently filming in Northern Ireland.

HBO Claims Jon Snow is “Dead-Dead” – Calling Their Bluff

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Obviously, there are spoilers ahead for all of “Game of Thrones” and A Song of Ice and Fire. If you don’t want lots of fan theories and spoilers from the show and book. Don’t read this article.

Last season ended with the shocking death of Jon Snow. Fans yelled, cried, and went into denial. Jon was a pivotal character in almost every theory of how the Game would end. To some he represented the “Ice” in A Song of Ice and Fire and to others he was the rightful heir to Iron Throne due to being a Targaryen and a Stark, and to most he was one of the few virtuous characters left in a world full of terrible, evil people. Regardless of your theory, his death was a blow to the fandom.

Then, a magical thing happened, it seemed that his death was not the end of Jon Snow, or so many many fans started to believe as they found signs everywhere. Actor Kit Harrington showed up in Belfast where the show is filmed (we doubt he is just there to hang out while the show is filming), HBO has yet to release the official death poster for the character like they do for every other character once they bite it, and Harrington has yet to cut his signature Jon Snow locks that he is contractually obligated to keep while on the show. Not to mention, the show has moved past the books in certain aspects so Jon’s fate is currently unknown in the source material. All these signs began to point fans to the idea that Jon was destined to come back from the dead, something totally not unheard of in the series.

Unfortunately HBO decided to squash the rising tide of hope almost immediately. Last week HBO executive Michael Lombardo said that Jon is dead, really really dead.

“Dead is dead is dead. He be dead. Yes. Everything I’ve seen, heard and read, he is dead,” Lombardo said on last Thursday during the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour.

Show producers also said that Jon is undoubtedly dead.

“We would hope that after seeing the scene and the way it’s shot that the answer to that will be unambiguous in the minds of the people watching it,” showrunner Dan Weiss told Entertainment Weekly, referring to season five’s final bloody scene. “It should be pretty clear what happens in by the time you’re done seeing that scene. It’s not an, ‘Oh what just happened scene?’”

Other than crushing the hopes and dreams of every single person who loves Jon Snow and “Game of Thrones,” we still don’t believe it. Fans are calling their bluff and I am one of them.

Jon Snow IS dead. I totally agree with that. Dead is Dead in the world of “Game of Thrones.” But that has NEVER stopped someone from coming back from the dead before. In the books, Catelyn comes back from the dead thanks to the Lord of Light (though HBO execs confirmed this won’t happen in the show) and obviously zombies type creatures, White Walkers, and other undead creatures are totally the norm.

So why can’t Jon return even if he is dead-dead?

There are several theories floating around but one of which I am a proponent. There is one person who has been known to bring people back from the dead and that one person conveniently rode into camp right before Jon Snow was killed. The Red Priestess.

I find it odd that she dips out of Stannis’ camp and arrives just in time for Jon to be killed. She arrived there for a reason, she looked him right in the eye. She knew something was up. Also I wouldn’t be surprised if this whole time she was manipulating Stannis to do the actions she needed in order to get Jon where he needed to be. She knew all along that Jon was the true king but she needed Stannis to play his part and the only way he would do it is if he thought he had a greater purpose.

Death was a part of that plan. Stannis needed to die for Jon to rise up. Jon needed to die as Jon Snow the bastard of Stark; he needed to die to be released from his oath as a member of the Night’s Watch, and he needed be reborn as part of the flames – as a Targaryen.

So yes, HBO, dead is dead. Jon Snow is really dead. But Jon Targaryen has yet to live. I am calling your bluff.

Game of Thrones: The Winds of Winter Will Not Release in 2015

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In sad book news that you always knew in your heart but never fully admit to yourself, the next novel in A Song of Ice and Fire WILL NOT release in 2015. The publisher, HarperCollins confirmed that “The Winds of Winter” by George R.R. Martin is not on the upcoming slate.

However, to soothe frothing fans, HarperCollins is publishing A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, the illustrated collection of the official prequel novellas “The Hedge Knight,” “The Sworn Sword” and “The Mystery Knight.” The collection is releasing in October.

“I have no information on likely delivery,” HarperCollins’ Jane Johnson told The Guardian. “These are increasingly complex books and require immense amounts of concentration to write. Fans really ought to appreciate that the length of these monsters is equivalent to two or three novels by other writers.”

GRRM Offended By Those Who Think He Won’t Finish Series

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A Song of Ice and Fire author, George R.R. Martin is not amused by those mere mortals who have such little faith in his writing prowess. yes, it’s true he isn’t Stephen King when it comes to pumping out novels but HE IS GOING TO FINISH THE SERIES PEOPLE!

The 65 year old writer has spent decades writing the famous series and fans are patiently awaiting the release of the last two novels in the series. But the author’s health is constant speculation that has led to assumptions that GRRM may die before the seventh book is complete.

GRRM, however, has two words for people who think he won’t live long enough to finish the last book: “Fuck you.”

He said in an interview with the Swiss newspaper Tagesanzeiger,

“I find that question pretty offensive, people speculating about my death and my health. So fuck you to those people.”

But fans of the series are quick to point out that they have experienced this exact scenario before (the late Robert Jordan devastated fans and left a series incomplete.)

But Martin is quick to remind you he is not your writing bitch so calm down everyone.

The ASOIAF Series is Getting to a Deadly Point for Characters

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During a press event in London last week, A Song of Ice and Fire author, George R.R. Martin, revealed that he is ready to do some hacking and slashing to some of your favorite characters – probably.

GRRM was asked if there were any characters currently still alive that couldn’t be killed because they were essential to the plot. He cryptically said,

I have a large number of important characters who I switch between to tell the entirety of the story, and that limits who I can kill. Sometimes there’s only one character who’s my eye in a particular location, and if I kill that character everything going on in that particular subplot is going to be lost. The way my books are structured, everyone was together, then they all went their separate ways and the story deltas out like that. And now it’s getting to the point where the story is beginning to delta back in. The viewpoint characters are meeting up with each other and being in the same point at the same time. … Which gives me a lot more flexibility for killing people.

Without giving anything away, it seems like GRRM is telling us that everything he has been building over several books is coming to head. What this means for the characters that have survived this long, we don’t know and it doesn’t look like he is giving any hints.

However, a few weeks ago he did admit some fans have already figured out how the series will end so maybe you already know?

Our advice? Stop getting emotionally attached. It will likely only end in heartbreak while George R.R. Martin grows stronger with every tear you shed.

The ASOIAF series has two books remaining (supposedly) with no release date yet announced for the next installment, “The Winds of Winter.

George R.R. Martin Says Some Fans Know How the Series Ends

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According to George R.R. Martin, you might have already guessed how A Song of Ice and Fire will end. In a recent interview with The Telegraph, the notoriously enigmatic author revealed that while he knows how the series will end, some fans have already figured it out as well.

He said that throughout the series he has hidden clues that are “extremely subtle and obscure,” and that only a couple of readers have found “the right solution.”

GRRM said,

“So many readers were reading the books with so much attention that they were throwing up some theories and while some of those theories were amusing bullshit and creative, some of the theories are right.”

Martin isn’t going to reveal what those clues are of course. We still have two more books to get through before all is revealed. Plus, he explained he wants to keep a surprise for those readers who don’t scour the internet trying to figure out how it will all end.

“Some of my readers who don’t read the boards, which thankfully there are hundreds of thousands of them, will still be surprised and other readers will say: ‘see, I said that four years ago, I’m smarter than you guys,'” he said.

So that theory you have been harboring since book one might be correct. But you’ll have to wait two more books to find out.

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George R.R. Martin Talks New ASOIAF Novel

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While we sit patiently awaiting (kind of) for George R.R. Martin to publish the sixth novel, the author has at least given us some details about the upcoming release. I’m pretty sure it is just to appease us peasants though.

Warning! Spoilers ahead for people who only watch the HBO series or those who have not read all of the currently release books.

During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, GRRM spoke about the futures of Tyrion and Daenerys in the upcoming book “Winds of Winter.”

Well, Tyrion and Dany will intersect, in a way, but for much of the book they’re still apart. They both have quite large roles to play here. Tyrion has decided that he actually would like to live, for one thing, which he wasn’t entirely sure of during the last book, and he’s now working toward that end—if he can survive the battle that’s breaking out all around him. And Dany has embraced her heritage as a Targaryen and embraced the Targaryen words. So they’re both coming home.

In case you were wondering, GRRM confirmed there would be more “deaths, and we have more betrayals. We have more marriages.”

George R.R. Martin Explains His Publishing Plan

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After George R.R. Martin’s publisher Anne Groell revealed that an eighth book in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” may be in the future, GRRM spoke to EW about what his actual plan for the series entails.

Martin confirms that he currently plans to finish the series in seven books, but that it was not always the case.

“My plan is to finish in seven,” Martin said. “But my original plan was to finish in three. I write the stories and they grow. I deal with certain things and sometimes I find myself not at the end of a story. My plan right now is still seven. But first I have to finish Book Six. Get back to me when I’m half-way through Book Seven and then maybe I’ll tell you something more meaningful.”

Based on the comment, it seems that the series will continue to go on as plan with seven books.

Martin went on to talk about the current season of the HBO series, more importantly about the changes from the book to the show.

“It’s been a great season,” he said. “Though by and large we are seeing more differences from the books and I’ve been predicting that from the beginning. There’s a certain snowball effect of making changes and I think that will continue. I like many of the new scenes they’ve inserted along the way, though I miss the things they leave out. Obviously I put those scenes in the books for a reason, I felt they added to the story. As I’ve been saying for years, I wish they had more hours — every time I see another HBO show I wonder why we only have 10 and they have 13.”

Martin went on to say,

“But we’ve done some major stuff this year. The Purple Wedding and Tyrion’s trial — with incredible performances by Peter Dinklage and Sibel Kekilli. And the trial by combat was amazing, too.”

Currently, there is no word on when the 6th book will be released. Martin says he is still working on it and given it took 5 years to finish the last book, it might not be anytime soon.

GRRM’s Editor Hints at Eighth “A Song of Ice and Fire” Book

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If you thought you only had two books left to finish the greatest saga of all time, A Song of Ice and Fire, well, I have a mixed bag of news.

Series author, George R.R. Martin’s book editor has revealed that there maybe an EIGHTH book in the series.

Anne Groell recently participated in a live Q&A on the Suvudu Universe website about the HBO series based on the book as well as the written franchise from Martin.

When a fan asked,

“Do you think it will take GRRM more than seven books to finish ASOIAF?”

Groell replied enigmatically,

“I begin to wonder—though 7 is what we currently have under contract. I remember when he called me, years and years back, to confess that his little trilogy was…well…no longer a trilogy. He predicted four books. I said Seven Books for Seven Kingdoms. Then he said five books. I said Seven Books for Seven Kingdoms. Then he went to six. I said… Well, you get it. Finally, we were on the same page. Seven Books for Seven Kingdoms. Good. Only, as I recently learned while editing The World of Ice and Fire (another awesome thing you must buy when it comes out!), there are really technically eight kingdoms, all having to do with who has annexed what when Aegon the Conqueror landed in Westeros. So, maybe eight books for Seven Kingdoms would be okay.”

Does this mean Martin is planning on a new book or that his editor is merely pushing for a final eighth book? We don’t know., but Groell promised that Martin is “hard at work” on the 6th book that we are anxiously awaiting.

Jane Johnson, Martin’s publisher in the U.K., told The Guardian,

“Only George knows how many books there will be in the series and he’s not saying…It feels as if there’s a lot to tie up in just two more novels—albeit very long novels—but if George continues to kill off characters in his usual ruthless fashion it could easily be over in the planned seven books!”

The World of Ice and Fire, which is set to be released on October 28, is a companion book to the series outlining the geography and history of Westeros.