George RR Martin Slams Rumors Of Him Finishing & Delaying Next ‘Game Of Thrones’ Books

It seems that certain rumors even have George R.R. Martin mad as the mind behind the Game of Thrones books has outright denied rumors that he is intentionally delaying the next two A Song of Ice and Fire books, having completed them years ago.

The rumor that George R.R. Martain had completed the last two Game of Thrones books years ago when one of the show’s former actors, Ian McElhinney, told a story during a convention. According to what he had heard, George R.R. Martin had actually finished the books years ago but had struck an agreement with Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss to not release the books until the show was complete. George R.R. Martain, however, recently shot down this rumor on his personal website.

In a quick post, George R.R. Martain said, definitively, that the books were not done and that he hadn’t even started on the seventh book, A Dream of Spring:

I will, however, say for the record — no, THE WINDS OF WINTER and A DREAM OF SPRING are not finished. DREAM is not even begun; I am not going to start writing volume seven until I finish volume six

He then outright went on to deny the idea that HBO had offered him any deal to delay the book and briefly explained why this made no sense:

It seems absurd to me that I need to state this. The world is round, the Earth revolves around the sun, water is wet… do I need to say that too? It boggles me that anyone would believe this story, even for an instant. It makes not a whit of sense. Why would I sit for years on completed novels? Why would my publishers — not just here in the US, but all around the world — ever consent to this? They make millions and millions of dollars every time a new Ice & Fire book comes out, as do I. Delaying makes no sense. Why would HBO want the books delayed? The books help create interest in the show, just as the show creates interest in the books.

So… no, the books are not done. HBO did not ask me to delay them. Nor did David & Dan. There is no “deal” to hold back on the books. I assure you, HBO and David & Dan would both have been thrilled and delighted if THE WINDS OF WINTER had been delivered and published four or five years ago… and NO ONE would have been more delighted than me.

George R.R. Martin has, of course, gained something of an infamous reputation for long delays between his Game of Thrones books in recent years. The most notable gap between the books before the show was released was the six-year stretch between the fourth book, A Feast for the Crows and the fifth book, A Dance With Dragons. This was until after the show was released as there has been an eight-year gap between the latest Game of Thrones novels. The planned sixth book, The Winds of Winter has constantly been delayed by George R.R. Martain.

What do you all make of this statement? Could George R.R. Martain be delaying the latest Song of Ice and Fire book until Game of Thrones wraps up? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill have written the final six episodes which have been directed by David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik, with Benioff and Weiss helming the series finale. Benioff and Weiss returned to executive produce the final season alongside Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger and Bernadette Caulfield, with Bryan Cogman, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis and George R.R. Martin serving as co-executive producers.

George R.R. Martin’s best-selling book series “A Song of Ice and Fire” depicts two powerful families — kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and honest men — all playing a deadly game for control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, and to sit atop the Iron Throne. Winter is coming.

Game of Thrones stars Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Liam Cunningham as Ser Davos Seaworth, Carice van Houten as Melisandre, Rory McCann as Sandor “The Hound” Clegane, Maisie Williams as Arya Stark, Conleth Hill as Varys, Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy, John Bradley as Samwell Tarly, Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth, Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane, Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark, Jerome Flynn as Bronn, Iain Glen as Jorah Mormont, Hannah Murray as Gilly.

Source: George R.R. Martin.com

‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 8 Episode 3 Images Tease The Epic Battle Of Winterfell

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Game of ThronesHBO has released six new images from this week's new episode of Game of Thrones, teasing the epic Battle of Winterfell with the Army of the Dead.

Last week's episode ended with tension at an all-time high for the hit fantasy series as the White Walkers approached Winterfell, teasing the massive upcoming battle that took a total of 55-nights to shoot. Miguel Sapochnik, best known to Game of Thrones fans as the director behind the Battle of the Bastards episode, returned to helm the Battle of Winterfell. The images offer a new look at stars Kit Harington, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Conleth Hill.

You can check out the brand new images from Game of Thrones in the gallery below.

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David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill have written the final six episodes which have been directed by David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik, with Benioff and Weiss helming the series finale. Benioff and Weiss returned to executive produce the final season alongside Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger and Bernadette Caulfield, with Bryan Cogman, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis and George R.R. Martin serving as co-executive producers.

While the series is coming to an end, Game of Thrones will be followed by a prequel spin-off which is expected to premiere as early as 2020 and stars Naomi Watts and Josh Whitehouse (Poldark). Naomi Ackie, Denise Gough, Jamie Campbell Bower, Shella Atim, Ivanno Jeremiah, Georgie Henley, Alex Sharp, and Toby Regbo. S.J. Clarkson will direct the series pilot.

Game of Thrones stars Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Liam Cunningham as Ser Davos Seaworth, Carice van Houten as Melisandre, Rory McCann as Sandor “The Hound” Clegane, Maisie Williams as Arya Stark, Conleth Hill as Varys, Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy, John Bradley as Samwell Tarly, Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth, Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane, Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark, Jerome Flynn as Bronn, Iain Glen as Jorah Mormont, and Hannah Murray as Gilly.

Here is the synopsis for HBO’s Game of Thrones:

George R.R. Martin’s best-selling book series “A Song of Ice and Fire” depicts two powerful families — kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and honest men — all playing a deadly game for control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, and to sit atop the Iron Throne. Winter is coming.

Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the final season of Game of Thrones as we learn it.

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