Fans are holding George Martin to his promise, barging him with tweets, all crying for his imprisonment.
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?
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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.
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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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So that speculation was fun while it lasted.
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Previously, it was reported that actor Ian McElhinney, the actor who played Barristan Selmy before the Sons of Harpy got to him, stated that George R.R. Martin “struck an agreement with David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss]…that he would not publish the final two books until the series completed.”
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Before the actor even said anything, Benioff and Weiss were Google-bombed by angry Redditors who were able to manipulate Google’s algorithms so now their faces appear when you search “bad writers” after the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones Season 8 aired.
Needless to say, these comments couldn’t have come at a worse time.
Naturally, George R.R. Martin was quick to deny that he’s done with Winds of Winter on his website Not a Blog:
It boggles me that anyone would believe this story, even for an instant. It makes not a whit of sense. Why would I sit for years on completed novels? Why would my publishers — not just here in the US, but all around the world — ever consent to this? They make millions and millions of dollars every time a new Ice and Fire book comes out, as do I. Delaying makes no sense. Why would HBO want the books delayed? The books help create interest in the show, just as the show creates interest in the books.
In case you didn’t get the point, this entry on Martin’s blog was titled “Idiocy on the Internet”.
He brings up a good point. Why would delaying the books help the show? Considering that even if Winds of Winter was published after, say Season 7 was aired, fans would binge the season and rip through the book, creating thousands of think-pieces and millions of comments and videos about the differences.
As George says, “books help create interest in the show, just as the show creates interest in the book”. It’s a symbiotic relationship, even if it can sometimes be parasitical.
OR MAYBE Martin had to say this because if he didn’t the conspiracy would be out?
Maybe the only reason the book publishers don’t know Winds of Winter and Dreams of Spring have been written is because of this agreement with Benioff and Weiss?
Maybe the plan is to end of Game of Thrones and continually generate interest by releasing book in between seasons of the Game of Thrones prequel show.
Maybe the plan is for George Martin to expand the series into fifty books so HBO can continually generate money?
Maybe the plan is for George Martin to reanimate the dead so he can continue writing fantasy novels until the end of time?
Who knows at this point?
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George R.R. Martin has revealed the release date for Winds Of Winter.
It’s been a long time coming, considering his last book, A Dance With Dragons, came out in October of 2013.
Now let’s admit it: We’ve all been a little bit childish with our jokes, our YouTube jokes, but let’s face it: writing is hard. You have to figure out the characters, the plot, how the bloody sentences are structured and if they sound good or not. Then you have to edit the whole thing.
(And given how enormous George’s books are, it’s no wonder it took so long. So let’s collectively thank God it didn’t take a decade.) I’m kidding! We have to be serious now and give George our due credit, so say it with me now, “I’m sorry George.”
“I’m sorry George.”
“I’m sorry George.”
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He doesn’t believe you. Say it louder…
I’M SORRY GEORGE.
That’s good. But because you were so meant to him, I’m going to withhold information.
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Just kidding! The book was announced with a teaser. Check it out below!
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Game of Thrones is coming to end.
Well, HBO is developing a prequel series and George R.R. Martin still has to finish the series, so Game of Thrones will live on on the silver screen and on the page. But the main show, the only show as of now, the show that brought many of us to this fantastic story and allowed book readers to sit back with smug looks on their faces, is coming to a close.
In honor of that, let us sit back and reflect.
And laugh a little as we go through all the parodies of Game of Thrones through the last nine years (that’s nearly a decade of murder over a big chair!)
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Let’s run back to May 24, 2013. You might not have been in your comfy seat, but you felt that warm and fuzzy feeling as a smile came across your face.
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Recall that smile, and together we’ll watch back when times were simple. Among other things, Jimmy Fallon was the host of Late Night on NBC. He and his teams of expert writers transformed the 30 Rockefeller Center into its own version of Westeros. The Iron Thrones became the Iron Desk, Dragons were Peacocks, and the Red Wedding hadn’t aired yet.
Sorry I reminded you.
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On Sep 25, 2013 we were graced with this wonderful parody. Bill Hader, future Richard Tozier in It Chapter 2, stands before three super fans played by Taran Killam and Aidy Bryant, but the third fan, Duncan (Zach Galifianakis) has come dressed as a dragon. Why is Jaime called Kingslaver? Who killed Half-hand? Easy questions, but Duncan is asked this: What is the capitol of Wisconsin?
Oh, I feel attacked, and the sketch isn’t even in full swing yet.
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Even back in 2014 we were making jokes about how slow George writes. Oh, if only we knew.
But if want to know why George R R Martin hasn’t finished The Winds of Winter and Dreams of Spring yet? Well on April 6, 2014 we got an answer, sort of.
It’s exactly what George R R Martin would say if he actually let loose and spoke his mind.
Bonus points if you want to know how he got to name the White Walkers?
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I’ll give you a hint: a white guy just walked past me.
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What happens when you bring a brooding Jon Snow to a dinner party in a Brooklynn Townhouse? On April 7, 2015, five days before season 5’s premiere, Seth Myers learned that winter was coming. Spring has sprung, he prattled, but Jon Snow gave his usual warning, “Winter is coming.”
“So much for global warming,” one patrons jests.
“You won’t be laughing when the white walkers rip you limb from limb.”
It’s funny because the Night King hadn’t risen the dead in front of our eyes.
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Hope you didn’t have a baby shower before Feb 18, 2016, because you might have invited the wrong guest. Seth Meyers did in his sketch on Late Night where he brought the Red Priestess herself, Melsiandre, to a baby shower. “The night is dark and full of terrors,” she warned, sitting in a room with not only Seth Myers, but his pregnant wife and human rights attorney Alexi Ashe. At least didn’t set anyone on fire.
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Back on May 8, 2016 it was a simpler time. “Jon Snow is dead!” all the characters say, while we the audience sat back and said, “Shut up and bring him back.” In this sketch, Cecily Strong and S.N.L host Brie Lawson (Captian Marvel) act as audience surrogates, showing that maybe things were a lot easier during episodes 601 and 602 when we know what was coming.
The best part is Jon keeps waking up and being told “Not yet!” by Melsiandre.
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Aired Aug 9, 2017, it’s less of a parody but more of a commentary. Seth Meyers steps by Leslie Jones’s apartment to listen her live instead of just reading, like most of us, her live-tweets.
Watch it. No spoilers, but Varys stops by just Jamie meets Drogon, as well as Daenerys Targaryen, for the first time.
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You might remember this one since this sketch only aired on Dec 8, 2018. It’s KHAL DROGO’S GHOST DOJO! It’s a place where all the characters who died on Game of Thrones can go. With Khal Drogo there for Dothraki public access, what can go wrong?
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Either way you cut it, its laugh-out-loud hilarious to see Khal Drogo meet several other dead characters. The first guest is a punch in the gut, however, since it’s the lovable puff-bag Hodor. Honestly, that “hold the door” joke was as painful as the Red Wedding. At least they made it up with hearing him actually speak in coherent sentences.
On a related note, sorry for bringing up the Red Wedding. I know you probably forget about it.
Oh, who am I kidding? The North Remembers.
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