‘Game of Thrones’ author George R.R. Martin is notorious for taking forever to release his books. Reports throughout last year suggested that the show will soon catch up to the books and they would have to start deviating from the books in order to keep the show going.
Thankfully though, the author just announced today that he is determined to release the next book in the A Song of Ice and Fire Saga, ‘The Winds of Winter’ before season 6 premiers in Spring 2016.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the author expressed that it is very important that he has the next book in the saga out before the premier of season 6 and is making many sacrifices to finish it.
“I wish it was out now. Maybe I’m being overly optimistic about how quickly I can finish. But I canceled two convention appearances, I’m turning down a lot more interviews—anything I can do to clear my decks and get this done.”
He also teased a huge twist that he is planning for the new book that will center around a long-time character.
“This is going to drive your readers crazy but I love it. I’m still weighing whether to go that direction or not. It’s a great twist. It’s easy to do things that are shocking or unexpected, but they have to grow out of characters. They have to grow out of situations. Otherwise, it’s just being shocking for being shocking. But this is something that seems very organic and natural, and I could see how it would happen. And with the various three, four characters involved… it all makes sense. But it’s nothing I’ve ever thought of before. And it’s nothing they can do in the show, because the show has already—on this particular character—made a couple decisions that will preclude it, where in my case I have not made those decisions.”
George R.R. Martin also expressed his regret of not going right into ‘The Winds of Winter’ after finishing the last book, ‘A Dance With Dragons’.
“I was red hot on the book and I put it aside for six months. I was so into it. I was pushing so hard that I was writing very well. I should have just gone on from there, because I was so into it and it was moving so fast then. But I didn’t because I had to switch gears into the editing phase and then the book tour. The iron does cool off, for me especially.”
Until then, season 5 of ‘Game of Thrones’ can tide over fans until then when it debuts on HBO April 8.