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George R. R. Martin explains why The Winds of Winter is not ready yet

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George R. R. Martin explains why The Winds of Winter is not ready yet

Game of Thrones surpassed the books it was based upon, and even ended. However the book series is till at least two books from its conclusion. The next in line is The Winds of Winter, which has been delayed time and again in the past few years. In a recent interview with WGN Radio, author George R. R. Martin explained why the book was taking him this long. Read on!

He first talked about how his popularity affected him:

“I do indeed have millions of people waiting for this book to come out, which is very gratifying…but some of them are extremely impatient and some of them are full of their own ideas about the fates of the various characters. I’m glad they can get so emotionally involved with these characters, but sometimes I yearn for the days when I could just work in quiet obscurity…but those days are gone for me, I’m afraid. This is the reality of my life now.”

He then talked about the disruption in his process:

“If my writing is going well, and I’m really ‘in Westeros,’ it does haunt me day and night. I’m laying there in bed, I’m waiting to go to sleep, the lights are out, and the scenes that I’m gonna write tomorrow are in my head. Or maybe the scenes I’m gonna write next week, or maybe the scenes from a different chapter…I can’t control it, but something starts filling my head and the characters start coming alive, and I start hearing snatches of dialogue, and I drift to sleep with Westeros and Ice and Fire in my head, haunting me.”

George also discussed how he had previously tried to keep up with the show’s storyline, but couldn’t:

“There was a period where the show caught and past me, and I hadn’t anticipated that happening, so there was a tremendous amount of stress on me a few years ago when that was about to happen but hadn’t happened yet, and I was desperately trying to finish Winds and stay ahead,” Martin remembered. “And it didn’t work. The amount of stress that was on me at the time slowed me down rather than speeding me up.

Now that the show’s over, any stress in that regard is done, but of course, we have five successor shows in various stages of development–and one of them’s just finished shooting [the pilot episode] in Northern Ireland and another one’s very close to getting a pilot order. I’m involved with those as well. Game of Thrones, that particular story, may be over on TV, but it’s not over for me–I still have these two more books to write. And there’s other stories in the world of Westeros, which is an entire world, and I’m still deeply involved with those. So believe me, there’s plenty to keep me busy.”

George also said that he wishes his success had arrived at an earlier point in his life:

“I do sometimes wish it had happened to me 30 years ago, rather than happening to me at my age, because it does kind of wear me out sometimes,” he said. “But I still have a fair amount of energy and I still get a fair amount done.”

Well, now let’s stop pestering him about the next book, and let him write. What do you think? Talk to us in the comments, down below!







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Victoria.
Victoria.
1 year ago

I would happily stop pestering if it hadn’t been in the works for 8 years. That’s a long time to ask your fan base to wait patiently.

Lord Mat
Lord Mat
1 year ago

Great that Martin had found massive success. Unfortunately he busied himself with the glamour of the show instead of working on the books. People were/are looking for him to continue with TWOW, but he chose to spend the time on things like Fire and Blood. Martin is irresponsible and doesn’t care much about the books’ readers.

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Joe Dempsie originally auditioned for Jon Snow on Game of Thrones

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Joe Dempsie originally auditioned for Jon Snow on Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones was the biggest fantastical drama of the past decade. The show had the biggest budget and record viewership of all times. Scientists even researched to find out why the HBO epic was so successful. The series was recently crowned the best TV show of the 21st century by the readers of Digital Spy. The magazine got together several members of the cast of the show to commemorate the show’s success. The show’s cast revealed surprising details about the show. Joe Dempsie, who played Gendry Baratheon on the series, recalled his casting experience.

Joe Dempsie originally auditioned for Jon Snow on Game of Thrones

Dempsie told Digital Spy, “When they were originally casting for the pilot… I actually auditioned for the role of Jon Snow. It didn’t get very far and then when the series was commissioned. I auditioned for another two roles, before eventually being cast as Gendry. It just seemed like the creators had identified people that they wanted to work with. And then it was just a case of which piece of the jigsaw you fitted.”

Joe Dempsie was phenomenal as Gendry Baratheon on Game of Thrones. Would you have liked to see him play a different character? What about Jon Snow? Talk to us in the comments below!







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Jerome Flynn almost quit acting prior to playing Bronn on Game of Thrones

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Jerome Flynn almost quit acting prior to playing Bronn on Game of Thrones

There are times when life puts us in situations when we think about changing our path. Game of Thrones star Jerome Flynn had to face something similar before he was cast into the show. His life changed forever ever since. In an interview with Digital Spy, Flynn revealed he was about to quit acting altogether before the show. (There are some others who almost quit after getting rejected for the series.)

Jerome said,  “I hadn’t been on screen for about 10 years. I was thinking I might leave the business behind. But I’d also poured all my savings into renovating an old farm estate in Wales. My agent called – there’s this thing called Game of Thrones, American, medieval. I was like, ‘Oh god really, that sounds dodgy’. And I had a lot of resistance going down to London to audition.”

Jerome Flynn almost quit acting prior to playing Bronn on Game of Thrones

“I opened up a kitchen cabinet onto my eye and gave myself a kind of black eye. I didn’t look at the script, but I put my hair back and suddenly felt like ‘Oh, I could be a badass’. They just saw the face and saw that and thought, ‘Ooh yeah, he’s a bit of a killer’. I think it helped also because Dan [Weiss] and Dave [Benioff] said they had no idea about my past, about Robson and Jerome or Soldier.”

“Somebody sent me some blog when I got cast, from English fans of the books… and then when they found I got cast, some were desperately upset. One guy couldn’t believe that Bronn could be played by me. And one guy actually said, ‘This is the worst day of my life’… they just couldn’t put those two, Bronn and Jerome, together.”

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Game of Thrones’ Richard Brake revealed he hadn’t originally auditioned for The Night King

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Game of Thrones’ Richard Brake revealed he hadn’t originally auditioned for The Night King

The Long Night of 2020 has passed, but the effects are still lingering. The world is trying to get back on its feet with new hopes in the new year 2021. There are many surprises we have yet to face in the new year, but it seems like the Game of Thrones cast already has some secrets for us in store. Richard Brake, who played The Night King in season 4 and 5, talked to Digital Spy recently. He revealed he almost didn’t play the character at one point, and he’s thankful for that.

He revealed, “I had auditioned a couple of times before for the show in other roles. I got pretty close at one point. But I’m so grateful I didn’t get it… [that character] was nowhere near as important as I had thought when I auditioned. He did an episode or two and then died.”

Game of Thrones’ Richard Brake revealed he hadn’t originally auditioned for The Night King

“A few months later my agent called me and said, ‘They want to see you. Nina wants to see you again for Game of Thrones, but this time the character is in full prosthetics, he doesn’t speak, and he’s only going to be on screen for about a minute.”

He continued, “I thought, ‘What the f**k? [laughs] This is what it’s come to?’ ‘But he’ll be important at some point,’ she said. So I went in. They had me pretend to pick up a sword. I had to pretend to pick up a baby… and touch it. That was about it. But I had no idea that he was the king of the White Walkers, or that he would be eventually called the Night King.”

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