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George R. R. Martin delayed The Winds of Winter by accidentally killing an important Game of Thrones character



George R. R. Martin

Fans of the popular HBO series Game of Thrones and the book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin have been eagerly anticipating news of any new developments in the franchise.

Not long ago, Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander series and a friend of Martin, revealed some interesting details about a conversation she had with the author over lunch. In the conversation, Martin shared a problem he has been facing while writing, which has left fans speculating about what this could mean for the future of the franchise.

George R. R. Martin’s conversation with Diana Gabaldon

[SPOILER MAIN] Diana Gabaldon (author of Outlander and friend of GRRM) talking about a conversation they had over lunch and a problem George has while writing.
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Gabaldon described the conversation in which Martin asked her a striking question about writing.:

We’re having this conversation, and I was asking him, how’s it going? The newest book?

And he said I’m having all kinds of trouble. He said, you ever killed somebody off that you later realized you knew you needed?

And I said, no, George, that’s never happened to me.

We talked further, and he said, I just painted myself into a corner.”

She continued, empathizing with Martin and explaining how this happens with writers alike:

And, yeah, I mean, this happens all the time when you write. But, I mean, you have an imagination, you know, this is your escape hat. Well, you know, you paint yourself into the corner. I said, what you do is you get a new bucket of paint, and you paint yourself back out and do the floor behind you.

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This, coupled with the fact that Martin has been working on the book since at least 2010, suggests that the complexity and scope of the story may be contributing to the extended timeline. Additionally, Martin has been involved in the development of the prequel shows,  with news surfacing that he is also involved in House of the Dragon season 2.

Finally, This diversification of his creative endeavors could potentially be diverting his attention and slowing down the progress of The Winds of Winter. It’s possible that these factors are contributing to the delay of the book, which has left fans eagerly awaiting its release.


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Aryan, a freelance writer with a profound passion for the English language and literature, also happens to be an ardent fan of "A Song of Ice and Fire" and its television adaptation, "Game of Thrones." Fascinated by the intricate world-building, compelling characters, and rich storytelling of these epic sagas, Aryan finds great joy in delving into the depths of their narratives and analyzing the nuances they offer.



  1. dbl219

    July 7, 2023 at 3:26 pm

    I had a writing teacher who advised to always write yourself into a corner. If you don’t know how to get out of it, the readers won’t be able to predict it either. It’s great advice, if you’re brave enough.

  2. Joe

    July 7, 2023 at 8:04 pm

    I knew he shouldn’t have killed Ned.

  3. Flash Karstan

    July 9, 2023 at 6:04 pm

    I wonder which character he’s referring to. 🤔

  4. Renee Hastie

    July 11, 2023 at 2:59 am

    Personally, I think it was finished and was going to be released after the final episode of HBO’s GOT series. When that didn’t go over well with the overwhelming fan base…he had to go back and rewrite most of it. To give the fan base what they wanted.

  5. Firannion

    December 29, 2023 at 7:57 am

    That’s nonsense. Serious writers don’t work that way. The ever-evolving story in his head is the story we’ll eventually get, with no pandering to the fanbase.

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