There has been endless speculation about when fans will get the final two books of the A Song of Ice and Fire book series. When will George R.R. Martin finally announce he’s finished The Winds of Winter? More importantly the question has been will he ever finish the books? According to actor Ian McElhinney, Barristan Selmy, Martin has already finished the last two books of the series.
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We are taking this information with a grain of salt. Wasn’t it only last month Martin had said in an interview that the writing was going well? It wouldn’t be unheard of for Martin to have finished these books while the show was wowing audiences. After all, it has been eight years since A Dance of Dragons was released. But if the books really are finished, what’s the holdup?
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In an interview at Epic Con in April, McElhinney stated “[Martin] struck an agreement with David and Dan…that he would not publish the final two books until the series completed.” Seeing how this season has been going, it’s no wonder that Dan Weiss and David Benioff, the showrunners, didn’t want the books out just yet. It keeps book readers and show-only people hooked to their TV’s even when things go off course. With the way this final season has been going in terms of controversial arcs, I hope this information is more accurate than not.
There have been no hints from George R.R. Martin that these books are complete, but maybe that is part of a deal struck. But would the actors even know if he did finish the books? This raises more questions than it answers. What do you think? Should we be getting our hopes up?
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