Tag: George R.R. Martin

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George R.R. Martin Plans Rare Bookstore Appearance in U.K.

Sorry, truly, if you expected me to be handing you the release date for the much anticipated The Winds of Winter. The truth is I’m just as antsy to get that news as you. That doesn’t mean this isn’t something cool headed your way.

 

George RR Martin, possibly the author of 'Winds of Winter,' one day

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To discuss his newest book Fire & Blood, which was received well from fans of the A Song of Ice and Fire series, George R.R. Martin is planning to visit Waterstones August 8th. The bookstore announced the event via Twitter early Friday morning. Fire & Blood occurs 300 years before the events in A Game of Thrones, the first installment of the series. It recounts the family history of House Targaryen, something I think all of us fans of the series are incredibly interested in.

I think we can all agree we will take any and all news related to the series as we impatiently wait for the release date news. Still, this is pretty big news for Martin’s fans in the U.K. This is a rare appearance, and ticket prices are lower than you would expect. For £18 you can secure your ticket and for £35 you also get a signed copy of the book. The event is said to begin at 7PM and last for about an hour, but we can hope for more, right?

Hopefully, Martin doesn’t get too upset if audiences ask for any details of his upcoming novels – the people want what they want, after all. And who knows? Maybe we’ll get some much-needed information.

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New Game from George R.R. Martin Revealed at E3!

It is a dream come true for fans of Game of Thrones and video games! George R.R. Martin and FromSoftware, an acclaimed video game developer who has created games such as Dark SoulsBloodborneand Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice are teaming up to create an original video game title! The game, according to Forbesdebuted on June 9th at Microsoft’s press conference, debuting in a frankly epic looking teaser trailer. It’s pretty vague, with little to none of the story actually revealed but the imagery is nonetheless extremely striking. The trailer showcases a man hammering on a magic ring, shattering it into pieces, as beautifully designed fantasy characters populate a blasted and ruined landscape. The sky is burning. A man is wrapped in dozens of disembodied arms. It looks surreal, weird, and utterly striking at the same time.

 

A collection of rings form into a tree for a poster for the game 'Elden Ring'

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According to ComicBook Hidetaka Miyazaki, the direct of Elden Ring, spoke to Xbox Wire about the project. He revealed he and his studio were a huge fan of George R.R. Martin’s work. They expected to be shot down when he reached out to Martin to collaborate but Martin accommodated his request to speak and signed onto Elden Ring. The two of them hashed out the game’s world, with Martin himself having been revealed to work on the ‘overarching mythos’ and lore of the game’s complicated history. Knowing his skill for world building and narrative development, this is a very cool reveal. Miyazaki himself described Martin’s world as thus:

“…Full of interesting characters and drama. It’s also packed with mystical and mysterious elements. Elden Ring’s world was constructed using this mythos and stimulus as a base. Even I myself find it hard to contain my excitement from time to time. We hope that everyone else is looking forward to the world we have created.”

The game doesn’t have a release date yet but it is scheduled to be released on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. We can’t wait to see the new world George R.R. Martin has helped create! Are you excited?

 

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‘GoT’ Star Confirms George R.R. Martin’s Final Book Ending

Fans were curious about how Game of Thrones would continue when there was no more material to adapt. The A Dance With Dragons arc had concluded, and George R.R. Martin’s anticipated The Winds of Winter novel was nowhere in sight. However, one thing that was always planned was the crowning of Bran the Broken.

 

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According to Express, Bran actor Isaac Hempstead Wright confirmed that Martin always intended for the character to become ruler of Westeros.

 

“[Creators] David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] told me there were two things [author] George R.R. Martin had planned for Bran, and that was the Hodor revelation, and that he would be king—so that’s pretty special to be directly involved in something that is part of George’s vision.”

 

While the show’s biggest plot points and conclusions will likely end the same way in Martin’s final books, the show’s secondary characters are confirmed to have slightly different endings.

Martin once told 60 Minutes, “I don’t think Dan and Dave’s ending is gonna be that different from my ending because of the conversations we did have.”

 

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“But there’s no way to get in all the detail, all the minor characters, all the secondary characters.” Martin added.

It was nice to see the show’s younger generation of characters inherit leadership in the end, even with all the controversy surrounding the fates of other fan favorites.

Fans who were expecting something different from the finale now have an alternate ending that they can look forward to. The only question is how long it will take for Martin to write it all down.

 

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‘Winds of Winter’ Deadline Confirmed?

HBO’s Game of Thrones may have ended, but there are still two more books in the Song of Ice and Fire series. Author George R. R Martin wrote on his live journal, Not a Blog, after the finale aired that, “THE WINDS OF WINTER is very late, I know, I know, but it will be done. I won’t say when, I’ve tried that before, only to burn you all and jinx myself… but I will finish it, and then will come A DREAM OF SPRING”.

So we have no official release date, but the very next day George R R Martin wrote saw the video below…

 

 

….and wrote up a response that interestingly said, “…if I don’t have THE WINDS OF WINTER in hand when I arrive in New Zealand for Worldcon, you have here my formal written permission to imprison me in a small cabin on White Island, overlooking that lake of sulfuric acid, until I’m done.”

 

Now Worldcon is in the summer of 2020, so might we have an idea of when George is going to release the book?

 

George R R Martin toasting

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It’s an exciting thought considering that A Dance with Dragons left us with Jon Snow  stabbed, Denearys not yet even coming close to Westeros, Tyrion still trying to meet with Denearys, Arya with the Faceless Men, Sansa sold off to some guy named Harrold Harding, Ramsay Bolton  still running a muck, and Bran beginning to amass magical powers.

Personally, I wouldn’t get my hopes up, as George R R Martin is notoriously late with his projects and notoriously optimistic about when his books will be released.

 

George R R Martin thinking

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For context, Insider wrote how Storm of Swords, the series’ third book “was the first to be published slightly late. It was several months behind schedule when it was released in 2000. The first two books averaged 1,100 pages, but the third was immense at 1,521 pages.”

George then decided that the next book would require a five year jump, which worked for many characters but not all of them. As a result, he scaled back and ended up with too much story, which thus had A Feast for Crows focusing on half the cast and A Dance with Dragons focusing on the other half.

Winds of Winter is supposed to join up the cast and continue the plot forwards, but he’s been both optimistic and terrible with meeting deadlines. Notably, he told Entertainment Weekly in April 2015 he wanted to get Winds of Winter out by Spring of 2016 to coincide with the sixth season of Game of Thrones.

The book still isn’t out, so I wouldn’t take this news that the book might come out in 2020 as anything but a grain of salt. He’s probably just joking, since he wrote on his live journal that “…deadlines just stress me out.”

Why would he give himself another arbitrary deadline?

 

 

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