George R R Martin, the man whose novels were adapted to make Game of Thrones, has told fans in a blog post that he is writing ‘every day’, and is spending more time in Westeros than in the real world.
The writer, who is notorious for writing at a pace which meant that the TV adaptation eventually overtook his books, is currently working on the sixth of his planned seven novels, The Winds of Winter.
Martin, who is 71, began the blog post by acknowledging that he fell into the bracket most at risk from the coronavirus, but was writing from a ‘remote, isolated location’ and wasn’t ‘going into town or seeing anyone’.
“For those of you who may be concerned for me personally... yes, I am aware that I am very much in the most vulnerable population, given my age and physical condition. But I feel fine at the moment, and we are taking all sensible precautions.”
A Song of Ice and Fire, the series of novels Martin wrote that were adapted to make Game of Thrones, began with the eponymously titled novel being published in 1996. Despite the first episode of the TV adaptation being released 17 years later, the show went on to overtake Martin’s novels, leaving the shows runners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss to finish the show in 2019 without source material.
Despite that, Martin continues to work on the series of books, the plots of which now differ from the TV show.
“Things are pretty grim in the Seven Kingdoms ... but maybe not as grim as they may become here. I cannot help feeling as if we are all now living in a science fiction novel.” He wrote.
So, the good news is that a new GOT book could be on the way much sooner than expected. But the bad news is, the man who came up with the Red Wedding thinks the real world might be worse than Westeros.
Has anyone checked on Kristofer Hivju?