‘Game Of Thrones’ Creator Writing Faster To Finish Books 6 & 7

Published 2 years ago by , Updated September 19th, 2013 at 2:13 pm,

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After taking more than twenty years to write five of the seven novels in his A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series, widely celebrated author and screenwriter George R.R. Martin is feeling the pressure of his own success. As Game of Thrones, the HBO program based on his novels, continues moving forward year after year, Martin knows that he’s going to have to pick up the pace with the final pair of books to satisfy the network- and his fans.

Speaking to Mashable in a recent interview, Martin acknowledged the need to pick up the pace with The Winds of Winter - the upcoming sixth entry in the Song of Ice and Fire saga – while also discussing the dangers of establishing and dodging deadlines. With the third season of HBO’s show premiering this coming Sunday, Martin realizes that it’s only a matter of time before the two entities are caught up to one another. On that subject, he had the following to say in the below direct quote:

“So I need to write faster. The last two books took a really long time, so I’m hoping this one [the Winds of Winter] will go a little faster. But I make no promises. I found out long ago that when you look at the overall task, the cathedral you have to build, it looks so daunting that you just give up and sit down and play a video game.”

Martin published the most recent installment of A Song of Ice and Fire, titled A Dance With Dragons, almost two years ago on July 12, 2011- the same year HBO kicked off their televised adaptation of Martin’s towering epic – and an eyebrow-raising five years after releasing the fourth book, A Feast For Crows. Since then, Martin has only made piecemeal progress with The Winds of Winter while TV showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have three seasons under their belts. The writing is on the wall, so to speak: they’re gaining ground, and Martin isn’t.

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Admittedly, Benioff and Weiss are only translating half of A Storm of Swords (book three) to the screen for Game of Thrones season 3; the second half will likely constitute the whole of S4. On top of that, the events of A Feast For Crows and A Dance With Dragons play out concurrently, which makes adapting their combined tally of 1,824 pages somewhat complicated. In other words, the showrunners have their work cut out for them as HBO’s Game of Thrones soldiers on – especially since there’s no telling how long The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring, the last chapter in the series, will end up being.

But they clearly have the less daunting task, and their working relationship with HBO guarantees that they’ll output a season a year, whereas with Martin, fans will get The Winds of Winter when they get it. It’s also very much worth noting that Benioff and Weiss have both expressed a desire to see Game of Thrones go as long as nine seasons, which isn’t outside the realm of possibility depending on the size of the unfinished books and how A Feast For Crows and A Dance With Dragons are adapted. If Martin doesn’t speed things up, he’s going to find himself with an incomplete manuscript and a TV series with nowhere to go.

Ultimately, Martin’s just affirming something that’s been a real concern for quite some time, but it’s encouraging to see him confront the problem head-on. Now we’ll just have to wait and see if he manages to cross the finish line before Benioff and Weiss overtake him.


Game of Thrones premieres Sunday, March 31st on HBO.

Source: Mashable

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  1. What’s up, constantly i used to check web site posts here in the early hours in the dawn,
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  2. I find it amazing that George published an unfinished series. Not all of us watch TV and I think that he is putting his viewing fans ahead of his loyal readers. What would have happened if these books did not go to HBO? I think the series would have been written and on the market. I find that it has been so long that I no longer really care about it and do not trust that if I read the next volume, it will be years before the last one is in print. Very disappointed. Same thing happened to Anne Rice. Once she got her books onto film she no longer felt her promises to her readers mattered. She promises us more of the Mummy…nothing.

    • I dont see how you say the viewers are being put ahead of the reading fans. From the first book to the last one written he has taken a long time to write each one(between 2-6 years being the longest, and only the last book taking 6 years i might add) The sheer size of the books should give credit as to why its taken some time. Id like to see anyone try and write that amount “quickly” while retaining the soul of the story it tells. I can understand why people want the book to come out sooner rather then later. But please get your facts about him right before kicking off guys

      • I totally agree, and remember, he also has other writing projects out. We are all addicted to GoT, but his other series are interesting too. I don’t read them because I find it uncomfortable to be as addicted to books as I am to these. I have never read anything as complex in plot and with the details as these books. Imagine the brain of the man to invent and present to us this story!

  3. I am very disappointed that the author has little or no interest in his readers. I have diligently read all 5 volumes of the “Game of Thrones”, bought the TV series as they become availabe, and truly enjoyed both. I especially love reading, even though my eye are slowly failing. I’m hoping the next volumes are coming soon. I don’t know if I’ll be able to read them by the time tey come. I am aging faster than I like but can’t stop it.

    Please put some thought in the time you are taking to finish these books as I hope to be around to read them. It is a item on my “BUCKET LIST”. Thank you very much.

    Your loyal reader, P.H.

    • I so understand this comment, but have you also thought that RR Martin is not getting any younger either!!! It is a big worry.

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  5. It will be interesting to see what is going to happen. If the next book “The winds of winter” comes out by the time the TV series finishes off a dance with dragons/feast for crows (they will be meshed together) how will the readers have time to read it before the show continues? I would welcome a stop in the TV series if it meant that George could produce the same elite writing he has in all the books that are currently out. I don’t want the books to be rushed and I don’t want him to feel pressured. He is a professional, I just hope the media and pressure of this TV show don’t change his style.

  6. Once I starting reading this this series, I like the vast majority couldn’t get enough. Waiting the 5 years for the last book to come out was excruciatingly painful yet made the read that much more exciting.
    I would rather wait longer and get an unforgettable read for the next two books than have him bang out a disappointing finish.
    One of my favourite writers died before he finished the final book in a new series so
    I just hope that George lives long enough to write it and I live long enough to read it.

  7. We’ve all seen what happens when an author tries to bang out the ending of a beloved epic series before they die… And while I’m still a HUGE Dark Tower fan, the finale was more than just a little messy. I’ve watched the GoT series since the beginning and I’m about to finished book one. I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place, because I don’t want to keep reading a series that doesn’t have an ending yet. I think I’d rather wait until A Dream of Spring is published to finish the books. Since I already know that “knowing” the show doesn’t spoil the book, I’m willing to wait so that I don’t have to “wait” for the last book. That being said, it’s time for him to suck it up and just write the last two books as one. Just Peter Jackson that s*** and get it done.

    As long as Bran doesn’t wake up at the Winterfell’s window ledge in the final scene of the book I’ll be happy.

    • Well done sir, your last sentence had me laughing

  8. Given Mr. Martin’s age, apparent physical condition and past performance on his writing, I’m not laying odds on the likelihood of his completion of this series prior to his demise. While this may sound very cold, it is befitting compared to the treatment of his characters.

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  10. Who gives a damn about TV anyway

  11. I am a big fan of George R.R. Martin and have read all his Song of Ice And Fire series along with Fever Dreams which was excellent. I say take all the time you need Mr. Martin I can wait for the finished product as long as your books are as good as the previous ones.

  12. I fear Mr Martin is no different than other artists and athletes. Go where the money is. TV is much more profitable than Kindle and Nook books.

  13. I know many people that do not watch the show and gave up on the books quite some time ago. He really needs to get his butt in gear for everyone that reads the books and watches the series. Its like now he has all the money he could care less about the fans that put him where he is today.

  14. I loved the books George has published. I want to know whether Ayria returns to Winterfell? Can’t wait for the final war at Kings Landing or wherever. Watched all the tv series. Love those too.