I say A Song Of Ice And Fire because I’m referring to the books, not the show!
Anne Groell, George R.R. Martin’s longtime editor, hinted that the New Mexico-based author may be writing eight books in the Song of Ice And Fire series instead of the originally-planned seven, prompting quite a lot of speculation amongst fans of the show and the books. After all, the show (oh, the show…) is quite quickly catching up with the books, to the point that any plans on Martin’s part to stretch out the saga would seriously affect the show.
Entertainment Weekly caught up with George R.R. Martin on the latest issues in the Game of Thrones/ASOIAF rumor mill, and the results were illuminating: Martin still plans to finish the series in seven books, although he doesn’t entirely shut down the possibility of going beyond that.
“My plan is to finish in seven,” Martin says. “But my original plan was to finish in three. I write the stories and they grow. I deal with certain things and sometimes I find myself not at the end of a story. My plan right now is still seven. But first I have to finish Book Six. Get back to me when I’m half-way through Book Seven and then maybe I’ll tell you something more meaningful.”
Martin has been consistent on this subject, giving basically the same answer when we asked if he was “firmly committed” to seven books back in 2011 (“I’m as firm as I am,” Martin said, “until I decide not to be firm”).
Martin also discussed the fourth season of Game of Thrones, praising Pedro Pascal in particular for his performance as Oberyn Martell. Other topics of conversation included the changes and cuts from the books made for the show, as well as Martin’s concern about the seven-season plan for the show.
Interestingly enough, Martin supports one of the possible ways of covering the books – following up the TV show with feature films. Although Martin did not come up with the idea, the method would give him more time to finish the books as well as allow for a bigger theatrical budget to conclude the story. For more details, check out the Entertainment Weekly article here.
The Winds of Winter, the sixth book in the Song of Ice And Fire series, has no release date yet, although Groell has mentioned that she is currently working on the book with Martin and that it is “amazing.”
Meanwhile, fans can pick up The World Of Ice And Fire: The Untold History of Westeros, the ASOIAF companion book being published in October.
And of course, for news and updates from George R.R. Martin himself, you can always check his blog.