George RR Martin has spoken out numerous times about progress on the next Game of Thrones book; even hinting that it should be published by next summer. So does this latest news that he’s been named the Chief World Builder for Meow Wolf mean TWOW is at risk of being delayed again? Or is it so close to completion that he has more time freeing up in his schedule?
Meow Wolf is an entertainment company behind next-gen immersive experiences and interactive exhibitions, and Martin has been linked to it for well over a decade.
He said: “From the very beginning, the Meow Wolf team captured my curiosity.
“They really sparked my interest and their vision pushed all my buttons – a sci-fi world spanning multiple universes – they delivered something we’ve never seen before.
“I look forward to continuing to grow the Meow Wolf storyworld for years to come.”
He had recently strongly hinted on his blog that he’s on the home stretch with progress on The Winds of Winter, the sixth book in A Song of Ice and Fire.
“I tell you this,” he wrote. “If I don’t have The Winds of Winter in hand when I arrive in New Zealand for WorldCon, you have here my formal written permission to imprison me in a small cabin on White Island, overlooking that lake of sulfuric acid, until I’m done.”
Not much is known about how The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring will conclude, with speculation raging over how much they will have in common with the Game of Thrones TV show – which ended last month.
But Isaac Hempstead Wright, who played Bran, implied that his character’s ending will be the same.
He told HBO: “[Creators] David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] told me there were two things George R.R. Martin had planned for Bran, and that was the Hodor revelation, and that he would be king.
“So that’s pretty special to be directly involved in something that is part of George’s vision.
“It was a really nice way to wrap it up.”
Martin recently strongly denied rumours that he has already finished both remaining books.