Winter is Coming… But Not Anytime Soon
Was anyone hoping to get the next installment of Game of Thrones this year? Hopefully not, because it’s not going to happen. George R.R. Martin shared the bad news on his blog, informing the wait will continue: “No, winter is not coming… not in 2018, at least. You’re going to have to keep waiting for THE WINDS OF WINTER.”
The wait has already been rather long, going on seven years since the release of A Dance With Dragons. The fifth novel took Martin six years to write, however, so the wait isn’t terribly unexpected. Though fans will note that the wait has gotten longer with each book.
There doesn’t seem to be a new release date for Winds of Winter, but there is good news. There will be more filler to hold fans over until it the 6th book comes. Martin announced the release of Fire & Blood, part one of a two-volume history of the Targaryens. “Archmaester Gyldayn has at last completed and delivered the first half of his monumental history of the Targaryen kings of Westeros, FIRE & BLOOD, and Bantam Spectra and HarperCollins Voyager will be releasing the hardcover on November 20, I am thrilled to say.”
The books will focus on the Targaryen kings of Westeros, starting with Aegon the Conqueror. The history will cover all the rulers and their wives, children, siblings, friends, and enemies. It will go over the lives and achievements of each King, all the way to Aegon III, the Dragonbane.
Martin explains in more detail: “For those not up on your Westerosi history, that’s Aegon I, Aenys, Maegor the Cruel, Jaehaerys I (the Conciliator), Viserys I, Aegon II (and Rhaenyra), and Aegon III (the regency). Oh, and there are dragons, too. (…) Of course, the story doesn’t end with the regents of Aegon III. There is a lot more history to come, and Archmaester Gyldayn will get to all that too, in FIRE & BLOOD, Volume Two. But that one is a few years down the pike.”
The books will also be illustrated by artist Doug Wheatley. There will be over 75 black and white illustrations throughout the book for the reader’s enjoyment.
Martin stresses that the book is not a novel, but rather a tome of imaginary history. (Can you say Silmarillion?)
“Of course, the story doesn’t end with the regents of Aegon III. There is a lot more history to come, and Archmaester Gyldayn will get to all that too, in FIRE & BLOOD, Volume Two. But that one is a few years down the pike.”
Thanks for all that, George.
Finally, Martin discusses the previously announced HBO Game of Thrones prequels. Many theories for these shows involved the conquering Targaryens and early Westeros. However, Martin says that no one is quite sure if this will be the subject. To be fair, with this book coming out, it seems a fair guess. Almost a certainty that it will include this, though as he said, who really knows?
The release date for Fire & Blood is November 20th, so mark your calendars.