George R.R. Martin on Upcoming ‘Game of Thrones’ Book, ‘Things Are Pretty Grim in the Seven Kingdoms’

The Game of Thrones author updated his fans on his health during the coronavirus pandemic. George R.R. Martin also assured them that he is still writing. Find out what he revealed in his latest blog post and more.

George R.R. Martin said the ‘Game of Thrones’ books will end differently

George R. R. Martin poses with the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series "Game Of Thrones"
George R. R. Martin poses with the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series “Game Of Thrones” | Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images

The HBO show already wrapped up Game of Thrones with Martin’s help. However, the author said fans can expect a different ending.

“People know an ending—but not the ending,” he told Welt. “The makers of the TV show had overtaken me, which I didn’t expect.” This might not be a surprise given he wrote about this on his blog.

“How will it all end? I hear people asking,” the author wrote. “The same ending as the show? Different? Well… yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes. I am working in a very different medium than David [Benioff] and Dan[iel Brett Weiss], never forget. They had six hours for this final season. I expect these last two books of mine will fill 3,000 manuscript pages between them before I’m done…and if more pages and chapters and scenes are needed, I’ll add them.”

He is working on ‘The Winds of Winter’

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The Winds of Winter is the next novel in the series. Fans have been waiting for it for quite some time because Martin has been busy with the Game of Thrones show and other businesses.

He has claimed that he is focused on writing. “But… let me make this perfectly clear,” he wrote. “I am not taking on any scripts until I have finished and delivered Winds Of Winter. Winter is still coming, and Winds remains my priority, as much as I’d love to write an episodes of House.”

Martin hasn’t given a date for when fans can expect him to be done with the book. He did joke about being punished if he’s not done by the time of the World Science Fiction Convention in 2020.

“As for finishing my book…I fear that New Zealand would distract me entirely too much,” he wrote. “Best leave me here in Westeros for the nonce. But I tell you this — if I don’t have The Winds Of Winter in hand when I arrive in New Zealand for worldcon, you have here my formal written permission to imprison me in a small cabin on White Island, overlooking that lake of sulfuric acid, until I’m done. Just so long as the acrid fumes do not screw up my old DOS word processor, I’ll be fine.”

Martin wrote things are pretty grim

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The author updated fans with a blog post on March 17. He made sure to tell fans that he feels fine despite the pandemic.

“For those of you who may be concerned for me personally… yes, I am aware that I am very much in the most vulnerable population, given my age and physical condition,” he wrote. “But I feel fine at the moment, and we are taking all sensible precautions. I am off by myself in a remote isolated location, attended by one of my staff, and I’m not going in to town or seeing anyone.”

He then added, “Truth be told, I am spending more time in Westeros than in the real world, writing every day. Things are pretty grim in the Seven Kingdoms… but maybe not as grim as they may become here.” Hopefully, this means he will announce being done with the book this year like he expected.