Game of Thrones fans have to brace themselves now that HBO has already confirmed that the beloved series would only have two shortened seasons left. Nonetheless, author George R.R. Martin won’t end the Game of Thrones universe yet, as he has previously acknowledged the existence of seemingly endless theories.
“I do have thousands of pages of fake history of everything that led up to Game of Thrones. So there’s a wealth of material there and I’m still writing more.”
Martin’s much-awaited Winds of Winter isn’t out yet. Earlier this year, the author expressed his regret after missing a key deadline which eventually pushed back the Winds of Winter release. He said that he won’t talk about dates anymore to avoid disappointing people.
The first few books typically had a gap of two years. Things changed when A Feast for Crows came out in 2005 because it was then followed six years later by A Dance with Dragons in 2011. Fans have been waiting for Winds of Winter for five years now. Despite speculations that Winds of Winter won’t come out because of Martin’s health issues, there are no indications that the novel has been cancelled. The delays are similarly gaining the series more followers.
A link on Amazon for the Winds of Winter book previously surfaced. The listing claims that the book will come out in 2017, but Martin’s camp was quick to refute it. They assured fans that once there’s a confirmed date, there would be no reason for them to hide it.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Martin’s work, Apple recently launched an enhanced interactive edition of his bestselling novels. They are available on iBooks and they will give die-hard fans the opportunity to revisit the Game of Thrones world in a captivating manner.
For example, by clicking the name of a particular character, the reader will know that character’s lineage as well as his or her journey ever since the story started. An excerpt of Winds of Winter, which features Theon Greyjoy, is also included in the new edition. GRRM praised the digital books because “anything that confuses you, anything you want to know more about, it’s right there at your fingertips.”
It can be remembered that in October, 2015, Apple did the same enhanced editions for J.K. Rowling’s celebrated Harry Potter series. The digital books also had animations and annotations from the British author.
Fans may now purchase the first book of the Game of Thrones Enhanced Edition for $8.99. The succeeding books will come out in the next few months but Apple is already accepting pre-orders for $11.99 each.
HBO programming president Casey Bloys told The Hollywood Reporter that there’s still much to tell in Game of Thrones. She admits that they are determined to work with the right writers to achieve their vision.
Bloys likewise understands if showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss won’t be on board should there be more Game of Thrones-related projects such as prequels or follow-up shows.
“You’re getting them right when they’re about to embark on production. It’s a big, big commitment for them, not just their creative force, but also their family life. They’re gone for months at a time. So it’s a big, big thing. But should we find a property that makes sense as a spinoff or a prequel — whatever you want to say — I would not expect them to do it, because they’re going to need to decompress for a good amount of time, but it would certainly be nice to have their involvement in some way. At what level? I have no idea.”
Regardless of the fans’ excitement for further Game of Thrones releases, Bloys reminds everyone that HBO isn’t thinking of these things yet.
“There are things that sound interesting, but at this point, we have no writers assigned or anything like that,” she said.
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