George R. R. Martin Denies He's Been Waiting To Publish GoT Books Until TV Series Ends
Author George R. R. Martin has hit back at claims that he's been strategically biding his time in releasing his next 'Game of Thrones' books.
Martin has always maintained over the years that he's been struggling with a mild case of writer's block since 'Game of Thrones' was picked up by HBO and turned into one of the most popular TV shows of all time.
His last book was published back in 2011 (when the series started) but the final two books in his 'A Song of Fire and Ice' series have been in the works for a long time now.
However, 'Game of Thrones' actor Ian McElhinney -- who played Barristan Selmy -- has been running his mouth, claiming in 2015 that the last two books had already been written and that Martin "struck an agreement" with showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss that he'd hold back on actually publishing them.
"So if all goes well, in another month or two we might get Books 6 and 7, and I’m intrigued to know how Barristan, for instance, ends up going through those final two books," McElhinney said, per Collider.
But now, Martin has taken to his blog to categorically deny the claims that the manuscripts for 'The Winds of Winter' and 'A Dream of Spring' are just sitting on his desk, waiting to be mailed off to his publisher next Monday morning.
"No, THE WINDS OF WINTER and A DREAM OF SPRING are not finished," he wrote, per EW.
"DREAM is not even begun; I am not going to start writing volume seven until I finish volume six.
"It seems absurd to me that I need to state this," he added.
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.
He went on to ask why on earth HBO would want the books to be delayed, adding that writers David and Dan would have actually been "thrilled" if he'd released the new material.
"...And NO ONE would have been more delighted than me," he concluded.
McElhinney has always been a bit salty that his character was killed off so early, telling Sue Perkins on Thronecast that he tried to argue with the writers that Barristan should get a bit more air time.
"I'm in mourning!" he said back in 2015 after leaving the show.
So it's possible his theory about Martin stashing secret books was more to do with him dealing with the loss of Barristan and less about a conversation he'd had with Martin.
Now we know!
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