“Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin is promising fans that he is working hard on finishing the books on which the just-concluded HBO series was based — and hinted at more spin-offs to come.
Calling Sunday night’s series finale “an ending, but … also a beginning,” Martin insisted, “I suspect that you have not seen the last of Westeros on your television sets.”
The 70-year-old author used his Not a Blog to pay tribute to the TV show that changed his life as well as to promise that he is working hard at finishing the “A Song of Ice and Fire” books.
“Winter is coming, I told you, long ago … and so it is,” he wrote late Monday night.
“THE WINDS OF WINTER is very late, I know, I know, but it will be done. I won’t say when, I’ve tried that before, only to burn you all and jinx myself … but I will finish it, and then will come A DREAM OF SPRING.”
The author teased fans — many disappointed at how the final season played out — over whether his books would have “the same ending” or be “different” than the show.
“Well… yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes,” he wrote.
He then stressed he was “working in a very different medium” than the show’s writers, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
“They had six hours for this final season. I expect these last two books of mine will fill 3000 manuscript pages between them before I’m done … and if more pages and chapters and scenes are needed, I’ll add them,” he said.
He insisted it was a “silly question” as to whether the books or TV show would have the “‘real’ ending.”
“How many children did Scarlett O’Hara have?” he asked, referring to the “Gone With The Wind” character as beloved in the movie as the novel.
He also appeared to make a sly jab at the huge backlash the TV show received online.
“How about this? I’ll write it. You read it. Then everyone can make up their own mind, and argue about it on the internet,” he wrote.
He paid tribute to the HBO show, recalling signing up for his books to be adapted as “a journey that would change my life.”
“It has been a wild ride, to say the least,” he wrote, saying that “parting is such sweet sorrow.”
“There are so many memories, and no time to do them all justice,” he wrote.
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