Good News, 'Game of Thrones' Fans! George R.R. Martin Cancels Plans to Sit at Home and Write
'Winds of Winter' is coming — and there's a chance it'll be done by summer.
George R.R. Martin is sad — and we couldn't be happier about it.
Look, it's not what it sounds like. We adore the revered A Song of Ice and Fire scribe, but sometimes one man's grief is an entire planet's gain (minus those strange beings who are not fans of Game of Thrones). Martin announced on his blog that he is canceling his appearance at the World Fantasy Convention this year, and he has also decided that he will not attend San Diego Comic-Con. He's upset about this. We know because he included a crying alien emoji at the bottom of his blog post.
And we get it, we really do. Martin likes interacting with his fans, and he knows he'll be letting down people who expected to see him. But here's the thing: Martin is canceling for a very good reason. "I have too much to do," he lamented on his blog. "Too many things on my plate."
Ahem, no kidding. Fans are most eager for The Winds of Winter, the sixth and penultimate installment of A Song of Ice and Fire, to move off Martin's plate. After all, the series began in 1996, and it's already been almost four years since the last book came out. Martin takes his time, and we're grateful for it. We just wish we didn't have to be grateful for so long.
So Martin will be giving up convention time to write. Awesome stuff. But it gets better. He off-handedly ended his blog post with this nugget: "Should I complete and deliver WINDS OF WINTER before these cons roll round, I reserve the right to change my mind." The first of these cons to "roll round" is San Diego Comic-Con — which happens in July. Seven hells! Could Martin be that close?
We're praying to the old gods and the new that he is.
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