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.
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.”
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.