George RR Martin has been providing his fandom with updates about the writing of the next book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, The Winds of Winter. The writer’s last update on his Not A Blog website included him saying he “hoped” to get a lot more pages written in 2021.
This week The Hollywood Reporter may have quashed those hopes after revealing Martin has signed a new deal with HBO for the future of their TV universe, which began with Game of Thrones.
The publication said the deal spans “five years” and is worth “mid-eight figures”.
The Playlist added: “If you still have any hope that The Winds of Winter will get finished anytime soon, better think again.”
This sentiment is shared by many of Martin’s fans, who recently sounded off on the ASOIAF Reddit.
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Martin’s work on The Winds of Winter has sped up a lot in the past year, according to his blog.
In November, 2020 the 72-year-old told his readers: “I have continued to work on THE WINDS OF WINTER. No, sorry, still not done, but I do inch closer.
“It is a big big book. I try not to dwell on that too much. I write a chapter at a time, a page at a time, a sentence at a time, a word at a time. It is the only way. And sometimes I rewrite.
“I was really on a roll back in June and July. Progress has continued since then, but more slowly… I suffered a gut punch in early August that really had me down for a time, and another, for different reasons, in early September. But I slogged on, and of late I am picking up steam again.”
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Martin’s update in February, 2021 briefly mentioned the highly-anticipated book’s progress.
He said: “I wrote hundreds and hundreds of pages of THE WINDS OF WINTER in 2020. The best year I’ve had on WOW since I began it. Why? I don’t know. Maybe the isolation. Or maybe I just got on a roll.
“Sometimes I do get on a roll. I need to keep rolling, though. I still have hundreds of more pages to write to bring the novel to a satisfactory conclusion. That’s what 2021 is for, I hope.”
The author added: “I will make no predictions on when I will finish … All I will say is that I am hopeful.”
Hopeful Martin will likely be wrapped up in a lot more work with HBO going forward after signing the multi-million dollar deal.
Details about his work with the streaming service are currently under wraps, but the network is already producing five Game of Thrones spin-offs. These include an animated show, the Tales of Dunk and Egg, working title 9 Voyages, working title 10,000 ships and House of the Dragon.
The latter tells the story of the ancient Targaryens and has been fully greenlit. It recently added Paddy Considine, Doctor Who star Matt Smith and Eve Best to the show.
The Winds of Winter does not yet have a release date.
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