In other Game of Thrones news, George R.R. Martin is firmly shooting down the “absurd” media reports that he’s secretly completed the final two books in his Song of Ice and Fire saga.
Where did these reports come from? Was there no fact checking? Well, turns out that the supposed source was actor Ian McElhinney, who played Ser Barristan Selmy up until season 5. Apparently, reports state that McElhinney told fans during a convention that Martin has actually finished writing The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring. He further goes to explain that showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss then made Martin agree to not publish his books until after the HBO series was finished airing.
Here are the alleged quotes from the actor:
George has already written Books 6 and 7, and as far as he’s concerned there only are seven books. But he struck an agreement with David and Dan, the showrunners on the series, that he would not publish the final two books until the series has completed. So if all goes well, in another month or two we might get Books 6 and 7, and I’m intrigued to know how Barristan, for instance, ends up going through those final two books. George, I talked to him during Season 1 and he did say to me that Barristan had a very interesting journey. But unfortunately I didn’t get to play all of that, so we’ll have to wait and see.Ian McElhinney
Martin quickly took to his blog to tell fans that none of this was true. While he didn’t necessarily call McElhinney a liar, he did firmly write that the last two books are NOT finished.
No, THE WINDS OF WINTER and A DREAM OF SPRING are not finished. DREAM is not even begun; I am not going to start writing volume seven until I finish volume six. 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.”George R. R. Martin
So there you have it. Right from the horse’s mouth. The final two Game of Thrones books are not finished yet so have no fear fellow GOT fans. You’re not missing anything just yet. Guess it was all just wishful thinking!
And don’t forget to stay tune next Sunday for the HBO’s series finale at 9/8c.