George. Georgie Boy. Curious George. George of the Jungle. Georgie W. Baby and the W stands for Westeros. Please, for the love of both the old gods and the new: read the fucking room. Just read the room, cause we certainly ain’t reading The Winds of Winter any god damn time soon, regardless of the lies you continue to feed us. I’ve never even read a single entry in A Song of Ice and Fire and it still infuriates me, so I can only imagine how those how have invested legitimate time, energy, emotion, and money into the tale.
During a recent interview with WTTW Chicago, Martin discussed how his ending for A Song of Ice and Fire will be different than the Game of Thrones TV series and that fans will see what he means “when it comes out”:
“Looking back, I wish I’d stayed ahead of the books,” Martin told WTTW Chicago. “My biggest issue there was when they began the [TV] series, I had four books already in print, and the fifth one came out just as the series was starting in 2011. I had a five-book head-start, and these are gigantic books, as you know; I never thought they would catch up with me, but they did. They caught up with me and passed me.”
“That made it a little strange because now the show was ahead of me and the show was going in somewhat different directions. So, I’m still working on the book, but you’ll see my ending when that comes out.”
Now, while everything Martin is saying is certainly true in relation to the HBO series, it’s entirely undercut by his closing sentence, as the fandom has legitimately stopped believing that he’ll ever publish the final two novels, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring, as it’s now been over a DECADE since the most recent book, A Dance with Dragons was released. And during that decade, Martin has continually shifted the goalposts, leaving fans with false hope time and time again.
For example, back in 2011, right around the time of A Dance of Dragons‘ publication — which took him six years to write — Martin said he hoped that “the last two books will go a little quicker than this one has” and that it would take “three years to finish the next one at a good pace.” That was in 2011!
To be fair to George, he’s certainly busy when it comes to creating content in general, as he recently signed a five-year, eight-figure deal with HBO. Martin not only helped create and produce the upcoming prequel series House of the Dragon but will be involved in all of the upcoming Game of Thrones projects at HBO, which currently stands at a whopping five.
Martin is also an executive producer on Who Fears Death, an adaptation of Nnedi Okorafor’s 2011 fantasy novel, and on Roadmarks, an adaptation of Roger Zelanzy’s 1979 novel of the same name. Furthermore, Martin’s novelette Sandkings is being adapted at Netflix, with Pirtaes of the Caribbean filmmaker Gore Verbinski set to direct. He also helped created the upcoming fantasy RPG Elden Ring.