It’s no secret that people are really anxious for The Winds of Winter, the long-awaited sixth novel in the A Song of Ice and Fire series. It’s been nearly eight years since the most recent installment, A Dance With Dragons, was published in 2011, and the popularity of the series has only grown since the show premiered that same year. Some are also increasingly worried that George R.R. Martin won’t actually finish the books, despite recent reports that he’s holed up in the same undisclosed location he goes to when he’s worked on previous books. Hopefully, a recent post from George himself will do even more to put those fears to rest.
In an entry on his blog titled “Two Weeks to Remember,” George starts by expressing his gratitude for the warm reception for the recently published Fire & Blood, the first half of a sprawling history of the Targaryens — from his appearance on Late Night with Stephen Colbert to the sold-out launch event in his home state of New Jersey.
The intriguing part of the entry came at the end, when he not only thanked his fans for their patience in waiting for Winds, he assured us all that the book — and some other projects — are coming:
“And most of all, my thanks go out to my fans and readers. I know you want WINDS, and I am going to give it to you… but I am delighted that you stayed with me for this one as well. Your patience and unflagging support means the world to me.
Enjoy the read. Me, I am back in my fortress of solitude, and back in Westeros. It won’t be tomorrow, and it won’t be next week, but you will get the end of A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE. Meanwhile, you have the final season of GAME OF THRONES coming, and the new show that is not yet officially called THE LONG NIGHT being cast, and a couple more shows still being scripted… and a few other cool things in the works as well.
Winter is not the only thing that is coming.”
Not only does George again reference the “fortress of solitude” he writes from, but he gave some tantalizing hints that more is on the horizon. We know about the spin-off currently in the works, but more shows being scripted? Other “cool things” in the pipeline? Let us know what you think he means!