• The Winds of Winter still doesn't have a release date, and it's clear why George R.R. Martin is struggling. 1 / 8

    A Song of Ice and Fire author George RR Martin
  • Game of Thrones has changed his life, providing more opportunities and distractions... 2 / 8

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  • ...But there's a bigger reason, which is that the story has grown almost beyond control. 3 / 8

  • ASOIAF was supposed to be a trilogy; now it's 7 books, so it's more than doubled in size. 4 / 8

  • Martin has written a lot of dead-ends, diversions, and distractions, making it hard to bring everything together. 5 / 8

  • On top of that, the Others risk making this play to the fantasy tropes he's always subverted. 6 / 8

  • With so many tangled characters and plots, it's no surprise TWOW is taking so long to write. 7 / 8

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