George R.R. Martin Might Not Actually Want To Finish A Song Of Ice And Fire

By LAURA BRADLEY
11 June 2019
George R.R Martin, Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire, Elden Ring
It turns out that the man who gave us Game of Thrones is a bit of a procrastinator

Like anyone standing under the ominous cloud of a big project, it appears George R.R. Martin has taken to using procrastination as an umbrella.

Fans have long lamented how long it’s taking the acclaimed fantasy author to wrap up his massively popular series A Song of Ice and Fire, which birthed HBO’s Game of Thrones – but rather than heeding their increasingly frustrated pleas, Martin has just lined up another side project: a video game called Elden Ring. And as far as distractions go, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Given how many ancillary endeavors Martin currently has in the works, fans should probably brace themselves for winter to stretch even longer. (Sorry.)

As confirmed Sunday in Microsoft’s keynote at the 2019 Electronic Entertainment Expo (or E3), Martin is currently collaborating with FromSoftware on Elden Ring, his first non-Game of Thrones video game, according to the Verge.

FromSoftware has made several acclaimed video games, including Dark Souls, and as a fantasy game Elden Ring is well within Martin’s wheelhouse. But as exciting as the prospect might be for fantasy-game lovers, this will probably mean that Martin’s non-video-game-loving fans will have to wait even longer for the thing they really crave.

Even without Elden Ring, Martin was already plenty busy doing things that are not writing The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring. He’s collaborating with HBO on multiple Game of Thrones spin-offs, including Jane Goldman’s prequel series starring Naomi Watts, for which he’s writing the pilot. He also executive produced Syfy’s Nightflyers series, based on his novella, though that was cancelled after one season. And let’s not forget the other adaptation Martin has in the works: Wild Cards, which Hulu is currently developing as multiple series. Finally, he’s collaborating with HBO and his protegé, Nnedi Okorafor, on a series adaptation of Okorafor’s 2010 novel Who Fears Death.

And if you thought that was enough, think again. In addition to TV adaptations and a video game – not to mention a prolific blog – Martin has also branched out into the world of comics, refashioning his failed 1994 sci-fi pilot, Starport, into a graphic novel.

The bottom line? Yeah, it’s going to be a really long wait for Winds of Winter.