|Fans of George RR Martin's works are still waiting for the launching of "The Winds of Winter" /Photo by Kathy Hutchins via Shutterstock|
“The North remembers.” This was what Arya Stark uttered right before she avenged the gruesome murder of her older brother and mother right under the roof of Walder Frey. This chilling phrase is now what most fans want George R. R. Martin to keep in mind after the author gave his promise that he will finish writing the sixth book in the series “The Song of Ice and Fire” on which the hit HBO series “Game of Thrones” was based.
After the most-anticipated and controversial ending of “Game of Thrones” finally came to pass, fans eagerly await how Martin will end his beloved book series that was overtaken by the TV show. International Business Times, a digital global news publication, mentioned in their website that GRRM confirmed the sixth book in 2011. But eight years later, the author has yet to finish the said novel.
This made fans believe that the launch of “The Winds of Winter” might not happen anymore. But over the years, GRRM has continued to tease his followers about the novel. He even claimed that it will be on the book stands in 2017, then said late 2018, and then early 2019. But, obviously, things didn't go as he planned.
There are many rumors circulating about the delayed release of the book. Some say that this is because of GRRM’s hectic schedule, while others reports say it’s because the author signed an agreement with HBO that prevents him from releasing “The Winds of Winter.” GRRM debunked all these rumors quickly.
In a recent interview, GRRM explained why book six is taking too long to be launched. The Daily Express, a national middle-market tabloid newspaper, shared on their website that the 71-year-old author admitted that fame has taken his time away from finishing the novel.
He added that he prefers to work in “quiet obscurity,” but the number of people impatiently waiting for the release of this book is making him distracted. Martin knows that there are fans who have their own ideas about what will happen to their favorite characters, which makes him glad. During the interview, he also mentioned how he embraces this reality of his life right now, where fans are emotionally involved with his book characters, just like him.
He shared that like his followers, the complicated and mystical world of Westeros remains in his head. When he’s trying to sleep, he feels like being “haunted” by his creation. “If my writing is going well, and I’m really ‘in Westeros,’ it does haunt me day and night,” Martin stated.
On the other hand, the author remains positive that “The Winds of Winter” will soon see the light of day now that “Fire and Blood” is finished, and that “The Winds of Winter” is his next top priority. Though he did not announce the release date of the sixth book, he assured the fans that he is currently working on it.
“Game of Thrones”’ Other Prequel
News about the “Game of Thrones” prequel has been circulating on the internet for a while. Science Fiction.com, a website that provides articles about fantasy and science fiction, reported that the first prequel of the show has already set to production and pilot. But there’s another prequel series that might happen sooner.
In GRRM’s blog called Not a Blog, the author stated that the second prequel series is said to be all about the history of House Targaryen and how Aegon the Conqueror successfully united the seven kingdoms. The second prequel series already has a pilot script and a series bible by Ryan Condal of “Colony.”
However, before the loyal followers of House Targaryen rejoice, Martin admitted that HBO has yet to approve the series’ pilot order. This announcement stirred some speculations where people are asking whether “The Long Night” prequel series by Jane Goldman is not doing great, but GRRM dismissed this by saying that there are multiple “Game of Thrones” spin-offs and HBO has more than enough room to showcase these.
|The famous Game of Thrones series is getting another prequel /Photo by Linda Bestwick via 123rf|
“The Long Night” Prequel Series
The Targaryen prequel series will be set many hundred years after “The Long Night” prequel whereas the first prequel will be based on the events that happened a thousand years before the events of “Game of Thrones.” According to a report by New Musical Express, a British music journalism website, the story will be focused on the Golden Age of Heroes where the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history are yet to be unraveled.
“The Long Night” series might also provide the missing explanation about the true origin of the White Walkers and the Children of the Forest. Loyal fans of the House Stark might also want to wait for this series because it also tells the rich and mysterious history of the Warden of the North.
GRRM noted that the prequel won’t feature any of the characters from the series. Instead, it will focus on their ancestors and how they will build their legacies that will last for generations.