At Epic Con in Russia late last month, Ian McElhinney, the actor who played Ser Barristan Selmy on Game of Thrones, claimed that Martin had completed both The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring. During a Q&A, McElhinney was discussing the differences between the character in the books and the show, before stating that Martin has a secret pact with HBO to not release the books until after the conclusion of the television series.
Author George R.R. Martin took to his blog this week to deny claims that he’s finishing writing the sixth and seventh books in the A Song of Ice and Fire series.
It seems absurd to me that I need to state this. The world is round, the Earth revolves around the sun, water is wet… do I need to say that too? It boggles me that anyone would believe this story, even for an instant. It makes not a whit of sense. Why would I sit for years on completed novels? Why would my publishers — not just here in the US, but all around the world — ever consent to this? They make millions and millions of dollars every time a new Ice & Fire book comes out, as do I. Delaying makes no sense. Why would HBO want the books delayed? The books help create interest in the show, just as the show creates interest in the books.
So… no, the books are not done. HBO did not ask me to delay them. Nor did David & Dan. There is no “deal” to hold back on the books. I assure you, HBO and David & Dan would both have been thrilled and delighted if THE WINDS OF WINTER had been delivered and published four or five years ago… and NO ONE would have been more delighted than me.
I have said it before: don’t believe everything you read on the internet.
Except here, of course.
So there you have it from the horse’s mouth. Martin hasn’t completed the final two books in the series. Or has he? If he hasn’t what has he been working on? Well, Conan O’Brien found that out.