Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire saga is what initially formed the inspiration for the Game of Thrones TV show, but the latter eventually overtook the former’s storylines.
The Winds of Winter, the sixth of a planned seven books in the series, has been anticipated by fans since 2011 – when Martin released its predecessor, A Dance with Dragons.
The author has maintained that he is still hard at work on it, but now Ian McElhinney – who played Barristan Selmy – has claimed Martin has already finished not only that, but the saga finale A Dream of Spring as well.
He also alleged that Martin agreed not to publish the books until David Benioff and DB Weiss had completed the TV show.
“George has already written Books 6 and 7, and as far as he’s concerned there only are seven books,” he said at Epic Con last month, according to Collider.
“But he struck an agreement with David and Dan, the showrunners on the series, that he would not publish the final two books until the series has completed.
“So if all goes well, in another month or two we might get Books 6 and 7, and I’m intrigued to know how Barristan, for instance, ends up going through those final two books.
“George, I talked to him during Season 1 and he did say to me that Barristan had a very interesting journey.
“But unfortunately I didn’t get to play all of that, so we’ll have to wait and see.”
This would be huge news if it is true, although it’s possible that wires have been crossed in terms of whether it was plot outlines or early drafts of manuscript that Martin previously completed, rather than finished products.
The writer has been maintaining for several years, for one thing, that he is still working on The Winds of Winter.
In fact, last year he said in an interview that he was “struggling” with it.
“I’ve been struggling with it for a few years,” he told the Guardian in November 2018.
“The Winds of Winter is not so much a novel as a dozen novels, each with a different protagonist, each having a different cast of supporting players, antagonists, allies and lovers around them, and all of these weaving together against the march of time in an extremely complex fashion.
“So it’s very, very challenging. Fire and Blood [companion book] by contrast was very simple. Not that it’s easy – it still took me years to put together – but it is easier.”
We’ll have to wait and see once the TV series ends just how ready Martin is for publication.
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