Game of Thrones came to a dramatic finale on HBO last weekend. Fans have been divided all through Season 8 and the ending did not help matters. Much of the criticism has focussed on accusations the show writers and producers are lost without Martin’s source material, which has only reached Book Five so far. Book Six has been eight long years coming. This week, the author gave a major update on his blog about when fans can expect the next books and the absolutely staggering number of pages he has written.
Martin keeps fans regularly informed about his progress (or lack thereof) on his Not A Blog blog.
He wrote: ” I’m writing. Winter is coming, I told you, long ago… and so it is.
“THE WINDS OF WINTER is very late, I know, I know, but it will be done. I won’t say when, I’ve tried that before, only to burn you all and jinx myself… but I will finish it, and then will come A DREAM OF SPRING.”
After much disappointment over the controversial way the show ended and how many plotlines were underdeveloped or mysteriously dropped, Martin has huge news for fans – not least about the number of pages they can expect.
The author explained how much more freedom and space he will have to explore every angle, every piece of history – and hopefully deliver the pay-offs everyone was expecting.
Martin said: “I am working in a very different medium than David and Dan, never forget. They had six hours for this final season.
“I expect these last two books of mine will fill 3000 manuscript pages between them before I’m done… and if more pages and chapters and scenes are needed, I’ll add them.”
This is great news since the books have been getting progressively longer.
A Feast For Crows was 753 pages long but A Dance With Dragons stretched to a whopping 1016 pages.
Manuscript pages will be edited, of course, and some parts trimmed but it sounds like the final two books will match or even exceed that thousand-page mark.
This will thrill fans who felt the HBO adaptation started speeding up and cutting too many corners in a rush to the ending.