George RR Martin has been writing The Winds of Winter, the sixth book in the Game of Thrones series, for approximately 10 years, or is that 47 years? We’ve lost count. But now he’s saying he hopes the book will be ready for 2021.
To which we say, yeah right. Been there, entertained hope before, won’t do that again. We’re older and wiser now, and we’re not going to fall for your tricks.
Of course, the problem is that, before the HBO adaptation of Game of Thrones delivered one of the most disappointing endings in the history of endings, we were all cool with waiting or maybe never getting the books, because we figured we’d at least KNOW the ending. We’d have the information, and hopefully, some cool visuals to hold onto in case Martin decided to never finish the books.
Now we’re just like: Please, George, finish. We need to cleanse the show from our minds.
HELP US, GEORGE. YOU’RE OUR ONLY HOPE. Literally.
Of course, his words, though optimistic, are as vague as ever: “If nothing else, the enforced isolation has helped me write. I am spending long hours every day on THE WINDS OF WINTER, and making steady progress. I finished a new chapter yesterday, another one three days ago, another one the previous week. But no, this does not mean that the book will be finished tomorrow or published next week. It’s going to be a huge book, and I still have a long way to go.”
Which has pretty much been the status for like, the past 5 years or so. So, we’re taking this while a huge grain of salt, even if there are some inklings of excitement awakening in us.
Please, let it be soon. Please.
I started reading this series while I was still in Uni 20+ years ago and was instantly hooked. I must say I stayed strong and refused to watch the TV series even though everyone was raving about it. Besides LOTR and some of the HP books, Book-to-screen (big or small) has rarely met my expectations.
What I’m disappointed with is that the book storyline gets affected by the screenplay … same thing happened to the Star Wars storyarc after ROTJ. Let’s see with this one … I’ll have to get it and read it as I had loose ends.