George R.R. Martin denies claim that final ‘Game of Thrones’ books are done
Author George R.R. Martin is shooting down “absurd” claims by a “Game of Thrones” actor that he has finished writing the final two novels of the fantasy saga.
“All of a sudden this crazy story about my finishing THE WINDS OF WINTER and A DREAM OF SPRING years ago is popping up everywhere,” Martin wrote in a post Monday on his personal blog, titled “Not A Blog,” as he debunked the rumors.
“I will, however, say for the record — no, THE WINDS OF WINTER and A DREAM OF SPRING are not finished,” Martin wrote. “DREAM is not even begun; I am not going to start writing volume seven until I finish volume six.”
Martin railed that, “It seems absurd to me that I need to state this,” adding, “It boggles me that anyone would believe this story, even for an instant. It makes not a whit of sense.”
Fans of Martin’s book series, “A Song of Ice and Fire,” on which the hit HBO show is based, were sent into a tizzy after it surfaced that actor Ian McElhinney who plays Barristan Selmy on “Game of Thrones” made the claim at an event called EpicCon last month that Martin did finish book six, “The Winds of Winter,” and book seven, “A Dream of Spring.”
“What I’ve been told is that George has already written books six and seven and as far as he is concerned there are only seven books,” McElhinney told the crowd, according to a YouTube video.
McElhinney then claimed that Martin “struck an agreement with [“Game of Thrones” showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss] that he would not publish his final two books until the series has completed.”
“So if all goes well, in another month or two, we might get books six and seven,” said McElhinney, whose character was killed off during a bloody battle scene against the Sons of the Harpy in season five of the show.
“Game of Thrones” is currently in its eighth and final season with the show’s last episode set to premiere on May 19.
Martin did not name McElhinney in the blog post, but went on to say: “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,” Martin wrote.
“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,” wrote Martin. “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.”
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