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Rejoice book fans, George R. R. Martin has picked up speed on Winds of Winter

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There’s no two way about it, George R. R. Martin has made procrastination cool again.

Dance of The Dragons, the last book of his A Song of Ice and Fire series (from which Game of Thrones is adapted) was published way back in 2011. He’s been delaying the next instalment, The Winds of Winter, ever since. He has even stopped announcing prospective release dates since fans tend to get very angry when he (inevitably) misses them.

But the New York Premiere of Game of Thrones Season 8 stirred up some hope. It seems Martin is finally out of his years-long writer’s block. He told Entertainment Tonight on the Red Carpet that “[Writing on The Winds of Winter] has been going very well lately, so knock wood.” He is still not promising a date though, going with simply, “It’ll be done when it’s done.”

The video is long but Martin’s bit comes on around 9:34.

The last published book came out in 2011 when the show premiered and now it is ending. Martin is still two books short of that milestone (A Dream of Spring will come after Winds of Winter) But given he has been avoiding talking about Winds of Winter altogether, this is the most substantial update in many months.

Also, there have been recent developments that indeed point to a renewed dedication. Martin was reportedly offered a cameo in Game of Thrones Season 8 but turned down to focus on the book. He has also claimed to have retreated to a “remote mountain hideaway” to stave off distractions.

Martin has also revealed a new author headshot in his Twitter page recently, leading to speculation that Winds of Winter might seriously be up for publication soon.

So can we look forward to a release date in 2019, or even 2020? Might be too optimistic, but a girl can dream!

In the interview, Martin also states that he wished Lady Stoneheart (a resurrected Catelyn Stark) was included in the show, as it is “certainly, in the book I’m writing now, an important thread.” But he does understand the constraints of the showrunners. He said,

Even with a novel of ordinary size, when you adapt it for television or film, it usually involves cutting or simplifying, and my books are not books are ordinary length…There are hard choices sometimes, but that’s the business.

Would you have liked to see Lady Stoneheart’s storyline depicted in the show?







Writer, translator, and high fantasy nerd based in Kolkata, India. Would dearly love to own a pet dragon some day, but the black market isn't really helping.

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Louis
2 years ago

10 years is a realistic time frame between books, unfortunately. Especially due to his insisting on endorsing every product released.

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George R. R. Martin shares a poem with fans on his 73rd birthday

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George R. R. Martin shares a poem with fans on his 73rd birthday

George R. R. Martin is one of the most famous fantasy writers of present times. If not for him, we wouldn’t be having the amazing world of Game of Thrones, HBO’s fantasy epic based on his A Song of Ice and Fire novels. Though much of his fanbase has grown weary of him, for making them wait for the next book in the series ‘Winds of Winter’, he is still a coveted literary figure, and no one can deny his importance in the entertainment industry.

Martin turned 73 on Monday, September 20, 2021, and birthday wishes have been pouring in for the veteran writer. He shared a nice poem about getting old on his blog Not a Blog:

George R. R. Martin shares a poem with fans on his 73rd birthday

I grow old… I grow old…

I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled.

Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach?

I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach.

I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.

I do not think that they will sing to me.

((with thanks to T.S. Eliot))”

It is true that Martin is getting old, and many fans are worried if he’ll ever get to finish his novels. However, it is also true that he has been promising fans he will deliver the much-awaited books, while he is still working on other projects. We can only hope he is true to his word. What do you think about it? Talk to us in the comments below!







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Have a look at Game of Cones – A shop dedicated to Game of Thrones and Ice cream lovers!

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Have a look at a Game of Cones for Ice cream lovers!

When you watch Game of Thrones, you always swear allegiance to a particular House or two, be it Lannister, Targaryen, Baratheon, Stark, or Greyjoy. But when it comes to ice creams, it becomes a really tough choice. And one particular shop in Cornwall is not making it easy for Game of Thrones fans at all. A Game of Thrones ice cream shop, Game of Cones, located in Fowey, Cornwall, UK, is making your dreams come true, in the form of your favourite sweet and icy dessert.

Have a look at a Game of Cones for Ice cream lovers!

The dessert shop in Cornwall sells your favourite ice creams and milkshakes with a Game of Thrones twist. Over 33 flavours are available on their menu for you to choose from, each sharing name with a character on HBO’s epic fantasy. There’s also a House of Dragons cabinet for people to sit and enjoy their delicacy. It sounds awfully similar to the name of HBO’s upcoming Game of Thrones prequel!

Have a look at a Game of Cones for Ice cream lovers!

We know that Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon is being filmed at various locations in Cornwall, as many pictures have been leaked online with the cast in costume. Game of Cones will surely make a huge profit if the prequel lifts off.

What do you think of the Game of Cones ice cream shop? Tell us in the comments below!







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More amazing pictures revealed from the 2022 A Song of Ice and Fire calendar

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More amazing pictures revealed from the 2022 A Song of Ice and Fire calendar

Every year diehard Game of Thrones fans wait for the release of the yearly A Song of Ice and Fire Calendar that features some of the best artworks in the world. They depict the fantastical world of George R. R. Martin’s famous novel series. A few of the beautiful portraits were released early this year, two of them very recently. Penguin Random House released a calendar filled with images from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. The publication site has shared more images on its website, according to Los Siete Reinos.

The calendar for 2022 has illustrations from Spanish artist Arantza Sestayo. Earlier George R. R. Martin tweeted a pic from the calendar, announcing its release a few weeks ago. Two new pictures from the calendar were leaked recently. First up, there’s a lovely image of Sansa and Lady in the Winterfell godswood, before the direwolf is killed very early on in the story. Next, we have an image of Craster and his many wives and daughters who live with him beyond the Wall.

You can buy the 2022 A Song of Ice and Fire calendar here. Are you excited about the new yearly calendar? Talk to us in the comments below!







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