Movies & TV

George R.R. Martin Is Still Writing Winds of Winter-And the Real Ending to Game of Thrones

The HBO show might be over, but A Song of Ice and Fire still has two books to go.
IMAGE Getty Images
Comments

So, what now? Game of Thrones concluded last night with a finale that was, well, technically a finale. The story came to a conclusion. That conclusion was at times frustratingly mediocre and other times maddeningly stupid. Bran as the winner? No prophecies explained? None of that Night King lore made relevant? But there's reprieve for disgruntled fans—one million of whom have signed a petition to get a rewrite of Season Eight that's simply better than what we saw. George R.R. Martin still has to finish The Winds of Winter, the sixth book in his A Song of Fire and Ice series, and Game of Thrones' HBO team just set the bar laughably low.

After eight years of writing, The Winds of Winter is still not yet complete, nor has the seventh (and likely last) book in the series been started. The most recent book in the series, A Dance with Dragons, was published in 2011—the same year the show premiered. As recently as last week, Martin took to his blog to clarify, "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."

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

He also refuted any rumors that HBO requested he delay publishing them until the series wrapped: "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," he wrote.

Martin with cast members—and the Iron Throne—in 2013.


ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Yes, we can see why David Benioff and Dan Weiss, HBO's Game of Thronesshowrunners, would have been thrilled. After Season Five, which concluded with Cersei's walk of atonement, Sansa and Theon's escape from Ramsay Bolton, and the murder of Jon Snow at the Wall, the show had officially outpaced the book series. A Dance with Dragons concluded similarly, with the stabbing of Jon and Cersei's atonement walk. Sansa was still in the Vale with Littlefinger, while Arya was becoming an assassin in Braavos, Stannis Baratheon was marching toward Winterfell, and Bran was heading North of the Wall. (Vox has a deeper explanation of where A Dance of Dragons left off, if you need a refresher.)

As Season Six began, the writers had little source material from Martin to tell them how all these complex, rich storylines tied up. Martin helped guide the last three seasons, but they faltered without the intricacies of his books or its perfectly plodding timeline—with a few exceptions, like the "Battle of the Bastards" episode. 

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Some of the show's key plot points will surely carry through in Martin's last books; he told 60 Minutes in April, "I don't think Dan and Dave's ending is gonna be that different from my ending." And Bran is a much more central character in the books thus far, which means if Martin chooses to make him King, it might not feel so completely out of left field. There are also chapter excerpts from The Winds of Winter floating around the internet, if you're in the mood for some light character spoilers.

There's no saying when Martin will drop another A Song of Ice and Fire book on us. It could be next month, and it could be another eight years from now. He's been working on this series for nearly 50 years in total, so what's a few more? But it is safe to assume it will have more life to it than the final seasons of Game of Thrones.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

This story originally appeared on Esquire.com.

* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

Comments
About The Author
Sarah Rense
View Other Articles From Sarah
Comments
Latest Feed
 
Share
 
Share
Mega Global’s founder and CEO William Tiu Liu takes us on a literal "sardine run."
 
Share
It's a reminder that the drug war is far from over.
 
Share
Here's everything you need to know about the Red Lion Watch Series.
 
Share
Its characteristic red hue may imply a gory past.
 
Share
Twenty years after the Wesley Snipes-fronted superhero film, the two time Academy Award-winner will bring the dark story to a new generation
 
Share
Netflix dropped the teaser for its new fantasy series at San Diego Comic-Con.
 
Share
And he's not the only Starfleet veteran making a return appearance.
 
Share
Up to now, they've either been underwhelming, cataclysmically woeful or simply non-existent
 
Share
Meet our watch of the week at the finish line.
 
Share
Apollo 11's third astronaut orbited the moon, all alone, while his colleagues walked on it.
Load More Articles
Connect With Us