I know you and I are likely in the same boat of weary travelers waiting for the next installment of Game of Thrones. The final season of the television show is set to premiere in April, which will officially leave poor George R. R. Martin in the dust in terms of letting the series’ plot get away from him. But Martin has a plan to finally get the next book in the series, titled The Winds of Winter, onto shelves as soon as possible.
In a recent interview with Alexandra Wolfe for the Wall Street Journal, Martin communicated with her “from a remote mountain hideaway whose location he refuses to disclose.” This would appear to be his emergency writing cabin, at which he sequesters himself until he finishes whatever it may be that he’s working on. Writer’s block is real, and it would seem that George is making a commitment to stay in this cabin until a novel emerges. In an interviewwith Entertainment Weekly earlier this week, he said:
I wished it was finished now. But it’s not. And I’ve had dark nights of the soul where I’ve pounded my head against the keyboard and said, ‘God, will I ever finish this? The show is going further and further forward and I’m falling further and further behind. What the hell is happening here? I’ve got to do this.’
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The wait for The Winds of Winter has become the butt of many jokes at Martin’s expense. There’s those wondering if the media attention from Game of Thrones‘ television success had inhibited his productivity, to even darker ponderings of who will be responsible for finishing the series should Martin die before completing his work. Clearly, Martin is not impervious to this heckling, and is just as frustrated by his lack of progress as anybody else.
Best wishes to George on this self-imposed authorial exile!
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