No less than eleven years after the publication of the last novel of the Game of Thrones saga, George RR Martin has given some news on the next episode.

Accused (rightly) of gleefully failing his conclusion and ruining the previous eight seasons, game of Thrones continues to shed many tears and ink … with the exception of George RR Martin, whose pen seems to have dried up for some years now. While the serial adaptation of his novel Fire and bloodwhich traces the significant episodes of the Targaryen dynasty, will soon land on the screens, the sixth and penultimate volume of the literary saga is still slow to invest in bookstores.

Here it is now about eleven years old that fans of Game of Thrones waiting patiently for release the winds of winter. Begun in 2010, the writing of the famous novel has since suffered the blow of multiple delays, and has far exceeded the publication date originally scheduled for 2016.

Since then, the series has had time to chain the seasons together, to deliver one of the most divided endings in television historyand now the producers are working on more spin-offs derived from the original story (including a spin-off dedicated to the return of Jon Snow). And still no novels.

“It’s been 84 years”

Enough to work on the expectations of the many fans who are eager to know the rest of the events (and to be able to wash the memory of the last season from their minds). Very active on his blog, with a sober title Not a blogthe author, so he insisted give some information on the work in questionspecifying in passing the inevitable comparisons between the series and the book:

“Recently, I noticed my gardening [métaphore employée par le romancier pour décrire son processus d’écriture, ndlr] I am moving further and further away from the series. Yes, there are Game of Thrones elements that could be found in The Winds of Winter (albeit in potentially different circumstances), but much of the story will be quite different. And when you think about it, it’s quite normal. The novels are much larger and much more complex than the series. Some events depicted in the HBO production will not occur in the books and vice versa. “

The Dragon House: photo Matt SmithHowever, the prequel was released before the end of the saga

True to form, finally says the novelist little about the state of the next novel. Martin, on the other hand, wanted to emphasize that having survived or yielded the series aired on HBO in no way guarantees a character that the same fate will be reserved for him in the books, but that was to be expected.

Since Martin himself does not know how the saga will turn out, and that he still responds to an annoying tendency (by his own admission) to change course as soon as a story arc begins to take shape, so it’s hard to know when exactly. the winds of winter it will reach completion, let alone when it appears. Until then, the serial adaptation of Fire and blood, House of the Dragonwill be available on OCS from 22 August.

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