It is no secret that George R. R. Martin, the creator of Game of Thrones, has had a bit of trouble publishing the two books that are slated to serve as the conclusion of his epic series of fantasy novels. Long gone are the days at the beginning of Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series in which Martin published the first two novels in the span of only three years (from 1996 to 1998). Now, devoted readers have not been given another installment in their beloved story since 2011.
And no official announcement has been made about when Martin’s next book, The Winds of Winter, will hit the shelves. However, the HBO adaptation of these books, Game of Thrones, has now surpassed the time of the books and is relying on Martin’s outlines for the final two novels to bring the show to its conclusion.
And if the most recent season of the two-time Best Drama Series Emmy winner is any inkling (spoiler alert for you literary enthusiasts), things are about to start getting connected. The season finale, “The Dragon and the Wolf” saw many big revelations come to fruition, including Jon Snow’s birth name, his relationship with Daenerys Targaryen, and the shattered relationship between Jaime and Cersei Lannister. It is safe to say that Martin will still have a few surprises up his sleeve for the literary loyalists, though.
For example, after a troubled season between sisters Sansa Stark and Arya Stark that resulted in the death of Lord Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish, it can be said with almost certainty that Martin will expand on these moments to great length in the novels, providing even more depth and background for a pivotal moment in the story that the television show, with its limited amount of episodes in the most recent season, which was shortened from ten to seven.