Today is the 24th anniversary of the publication of ‘A Game of Thrones,’ the first book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series. It would be an understatement to say that this book didn’t start a pop culture phenomenon, with four books and a TV show as infamous as it is famous.
The latest book ‘A Dance With Dragons,’ has been out since 2011, and there are two more books left to finish the series: ‘The Winds of Winter,’ and ‘A Dream of Spring.’ George R.R Martin is notorious for being a slow writer, but even his biggest fans can be impatient after nine years and vague hints about when the book is coming out.
Almost everybody knows the five stages of grief; denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and finally acceptance. I’m afraid many of us are still stuck in the early stages. The best thing for everyone, including George R.R Martin is to accept the fact that the series will never be finished. I know it’s disappointing, but it will save us from even more crushing disappointment in the future.
George R.R Martin is not a young man, and he stipulated in his will that if he was to die before the series is finished, then his manuscripts and notes are to be destroyed so that no one can finish his work. He has a bad habit of giving vague dates about when the next book is coming out, with the latest news being that it could be in 2021.
These past few months of quarantining has provided ample time for everyone to do all sorts of things, and for him, it’s to finish the book, or so he says. He even jokingly said that on July 29 2020, if ‘Winds of Winter’ wasn’t finished, he would allow fans to imprison him in a cabin in New Zealand so he can finish it.
After the disappointing final season of Game of Thrones, fans want the books more than ever in order to get a proper conclusion. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be likely, and the sooner we accept that, the better off we’ll all be.
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